The Grapevine basketball team cruised to a 28-point victory over Fort Worth Carter-Riverside last Friday night and has positioned itself well to make a run at a postseason berth.
Grapevine played Birdville on Tuesday night after the press deadline and will square off with Lake Dallas (1-7 in District 6-5A entering this week) on Friday in a game coach Kevin Starnes said his team must take seriously.
“We play them at their place,” Starnes said. “They're going to play hard, and we can't go in there and take them lightly based on their district record. We have to take every game as it is, and forget the past and go out and win it. I believe they are going to come out hard and try to get the win.”
Starnes said the game against Carter-Riverside was an impressive victory for his team.
“I thought the kids did very well,” Starnes said. “We were fortunate to have the open day on Tuesday, and we had some good practices where we kind of stressed some things we had been getting away from. Friday's game allowed us to show what we've been working on, and I thought the kids did well.”
Starnes said that he is pleased with where his team stands after the first half of district, but said it really needs to focus on doing a good job in the second half to secure a playoff spot.
“I think that we would love to have that Birdville game back, because we let one slip there,” Starnes said. “Then we didn't quite show up against Dunbar. But against everybody else, I think we did a great job. The more important thing, I think, is to focus on this second half.
“It's important that we show up. If we can win out, then we would be a co-district champ, possibly, so when you're talking about playoff seeding and stuff like that, those things are very important.”
Starnes said he would certainly like for the Mustangs to be in first place in district, but said that with his team in third, it is at least within striking distance of a playoff spot, which he said is good for his team.
“You always love to have opportunities,” Starnes said. “Because you want to see your players take advantage of those opportunities. So we do have plenty of options in front of us, but we just have to go out and win games.”
Grapevine was 5-2 heading into the Birdville game, and Starnes said he would like to see his team work on a couple of areas in the second half of the district season.
“The two things we have been stressing is to play smart offensively, meaning take good shots, be aggressive, attack the rim and then take the open jump shot if it is there,” Starnes said. “The other thing is to be tough on defense. We really want to be physical. We want to be physical blocking out, physical against penetration and things like that. If we can do those two things, we can win a lot of games, I think.”