By Greg Ford
After taking some time off to rest their bodies, and chowing down on some delicious Thanksgiving meals and leftovers, members of the Wylie and Wylie East basketball teams return to work this week.
In the case of the girls’ teams, their contests will be the final non-district ones before beginning next week.
In East’s case, they traveled to Little Elm on Tuesday and will host Richardson 7 p.m. Friday before opening district competition Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Denison. Wylie faced DeSoto on Tuesday and will play in the Canyon Invitational Tournament Thursday through Saturday before tipping off district play Tuesday, Dec. 10, at home against Lovejoy.
“Our goal is to continue to prepare for the district schedule that is in front of us,” said Lady Raiders’ head coach Lance Edge.
East entered the week 5-4 overall following a 65-58 victory on Nov. 25 at Carrollton Creekview, a contest in which Emily Hartegan scored a game-high 29 points.
Edge is that several other players have “stepped up” offensively.
Among those he cited were Raven Moore, Breanna Stephens, Priscilla Murray and Jazmin Shields.
Meanwhile, the Lady Pirates were 1-9 record to start the week, which included a 70-55 loss Nov. 26 to Mesquite Horn, a game in which Kennedi Foreman scored 17 points and Anastasia Johnson added 14.
“We are trying to improve when we go out and play, just like everybody else,” head coach Matthew Butler said.
Their lone victory came against Ursuline. The Lady Pirates will benefit from facing tough competition once 13-4A play begins, the coach said.
Wylie East hosted Frisco Liberty on Tuesday and will play in the Prosper Tournament on Thursday through Saturday. They play Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Sachse.
The Pirates (0-4) played Tuesday at Carrollton Creekview and will play in this weekend’s Carrollton/Farmer’s Branch Tournament.
They’ll travel Tuesday, Dec. 10, to Garland.
“We’re making too many mistakes,” said head coach David Black. “We’re averaging about 20 turnovers a game.”
He added, “We just need to fix a couple of minor details and we’ll be fine.”