Northeast Tarrant

Dragons expecting strong push in rematch with Coppell

The Carroll boys basketball team has won its last three consecutive games and appears to be in great shape as the second half of district gets underway.

The Dragons were 4-2 through the first half of District 7-6A competition and will travel to Coppell at 8 p.m. Friday to take on the Cowboys for the second time, a rematch from Jan. 6 when Carroll won by 12 points.

Coppell is right behind Carroll in the district standings with a record of 3-3, and coach Eric McDade said he anticipates a big challenge for his team on Friday night.

“I expect them to put their best foot forward,” McDade said. “I think they are going to try to come at us and defend their home floor, just like we preach, which is that you want to take care of your business at home and try to steal a few on the road. We're going to have to have a serious effort from our guys to go over there and get a win.”

The Dragons defeated L.D. Bell 56-33 last Friday night, and McDade said it was a strong all-around effort from his team, but especially on one side of the ball.

“I thought we did a great job overall, and played great defense,” McDade said. “I was really proud of how our defense has progressed to this point in the year and want to see the kids continue to progress and improve. I feel pretty good about that.”

With a 4-2 mark after the first six district games, McDade said he is pleased with what his team has shown early on in district, but added that it is important that Carroll does not lose focus on the task at hand.

“I feel like the most important thing is that we are getting better,” McDade said. “We are just taking the process one game at a time, and really one practice at a time. We are just trying to continue to gel and work toward playing our best basketball when it matters the most.”

Carroll is 3-0 in its last three games after starting district 1-2, but McDade said he does not believe it is a matter of anything his team has done different in its last three contests that have turned things around.

“I think that it has just been what we've been preaching from day one, and that is work hard, keep your nose to the grindstone, and we've gotten better,” McDade said. “There was no really change in terms of 'do this, or don't do this,' the team is just playing better.”

Carroll made it a sweep last week with a 78-55 victory over Haltom last Tuesday night.

Kirk Mason led the team in scoring with 27 points in the game, while teammates Hunter Summy and Holden Taylor scored 11 points each in the contest.