From now on, there is a sense of urgency facing the Grapevine girls basketball program. It’s been more than a week since Lindy Lombard’s program clinched a playoff spot.
However, the Lady Mustangs (27-2, 9-0 in 5-6A) are facing bigger challenges. A telling week with a home game on Tuesday against Birdville (8-1 in 5-6A) would determing if Grapevine was going to clinch a tie for the district championship or still have a lot of work to do. The Lady Mustangs play at Lake Dallas on Friday.
“I’ve really been proud of the way our girls have handled everything,” Lombard said. “They have shown great maturity and are pretty focused. They understand that they have a lot more work to do.”
A week like this one is far different than from the awkward setting of last Friday’s 77-4 victory over Fort Worth Carter-Riverside. It was an uncomfortable two meetings with Carter-Riverside because the Lady Mustangs won the first meeting, 76-6, on Jan. 6.
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It’s been a situation where no one really wins, because the Lady Mustangs have likely had to have shown some restraint from playing all-out. These two meetings were pretty much decided in the first quarter. The good news is that Lombard believes the Carter-Riverside coaches realized the situation.
“What we tried to do is just give them goals inside each quarter,” Lombard said. “In one quarter it might have been working on hitting midrange jumper and then score off passes in the post.
“We want them to be in the perfect stand and in rotation. You may be able to get away with it in these types of games, but you won’t in the playoffs.”
The Lady Mustangs continue with their scrimmaging against the freshman boys program. They were expected to do it again on Wednesday. Lombard said they wanted the boys to play more of a zone so they could learn how to handle it when the playoffs begin … Senior guard Nicole Taake has been playing very well lately, scoring in double figures in several games and running the point with efficiency. “She’s making things so easy and effortless right now,” Lombard said. “She does a lot of things that go unnoticed.”… Senior forward Courtney Kobos has been dealing with some concussion-related issues.
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Even though the Lady Panthers (17-12, 6-3 in District 7-6A) lost their only game last week to Euless Trinity, 53-39, they still clinched a playoff berth.
Head coach Dianna Sager’s team is in the postseason for the 12th time in her 13 seasons. The season continued this week at Haltom on Tuesday and playing host to Hurst L.D. Bell. This is about playoff seed positioning. The Lady Panthers are doing everything they can to at least secure third place and avoid playing likely Duncanville in the bi-district round.
The Lady Panthers are going to have a full roster for the remainder of the season. Senior guard Caitlyn Foster (ACL), junior forward Seairra Ford (undisclosed) and senior post Charlotte Collyer (ankle) were expected to return. All three have been practicing. Collyer has played off and on with her injury.
That’s going to change the way Sager will use her rotation and how she wants to work things on both ends of the floor.
“I want bring Caitlyn in slowly and then just see how it goes from there,” Sager said. “I laugh sometimes because I think I have the best scout team in the Metroplex.”