Northeast Tarrant

Dragons enter important three-game stretch in district

The Carroll boys basketball team dropped a tough one to Coppell on Friday, but coach Eric McDade said he was pleased with his team’s effort and that he still saw signed of improvement, which is exactly what he is looking for.

Carroll played Richland on Tuesday after the press deadline and will square off with Euless Trinity at 8 p.m. on Friday at Trinity High School.

“I think they are playing really well,” McDade said of the Trojans. “They are a young team, and they are starting to gel and come together at a critical time. I expect them to be ready. It will be at their place, and they beat us the last first time at our place, so I think it will be a good game.”

Carroll lost to Coppell 63-53 on Friday night, but McDade said his team played very hard throughout.

“It was a war,” McDade said. “It was a very tough game. We started the second round of district, and we talked about that with the guys. We felt that we were well prepared coming in. With these games here, with the level of parity in our district, these games can come down to three or four possessions.

“A couple of things went their way at the end, and they made a couple of big shots, and I felt like we responded. It went down to the end, and I really feel like the difference was free throws, because they 21 of 24 from the line.

“We had two guys get into foul trouble and sit most of the second quarter, it was just one of those games where we really never got a good flow, but I felt like we battled through it, and gave ourselves a chance in the end.”

Carroll’s in a tough stretch with Richland on Tuesday night, and Trinity and Colleyville Heritage, both playoff contenders, in its following two games.

McDade said that the current portion of district may be the most important of the season for the Dragons.

“It is; this is a good stretch of games right here,” McDade said. “Most of the games are the same in terms of possessions and what it's going to come down to, because it there is really just a hairline difference in things that can impact the game.

“The consistent thing is defensive rebounding. You've got to be able to rebound, and that is something we are really focused in on in the second half of district.”

McDade said that he is pretty pleased with where his team is positioned as the second half of district gets underway and his team makes its push towards the postseason.

“I think for us, we are in a pretty good little spot,” McDade said. “We have a three-way tie for second place right now, and we'll just see how it all shakes out. Then again, you never know where it's going to end, so as long as you take care of your business, you'll be fine. We just need to take care of our business and we'll be fine.”