Girls’ take on Reedy in battle for second place

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Girls’ take on Reedy in battle for second place

The girls' basketball team hopes to make their second trip to state in the last three years as they face off against Mansfield Summit Friday night. If the team wins, they will play again Saturday with a bid to the state tournament on the line.

The girls' basketball team hopes to make their second trip to state in the last three years as they face off against Mansfield Summit Friday night. If the team wins, they will play again Saturday with a bid to the state tournament on the line.

Surya Ravichandran

The girls' basketball team hopes to make their second trip to state in the last three years as they face off against Mansfield Summit Friday night. If the team wins, they will play again Saturday with a bid to the state tournament on the line.

Surya Ravichandran

Surya Ravichandran

The girls' basketball team hopes to make their second trip to state in the last three years as they face off against Mansfield Summit Friday night. If the team wins, they will play again Saturday with a bid to the state tournament on the line.

Kasey Harvey, Sports Editor

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Second place in District 13-5A is on the line Friday when the girls’ basketball team travels to Reedy to take on the Lions at 6:00 p.m. Both teams enter the contest with 5-1 records, trailing first place Lone Star by a game.

“It’s up to tonight. We have the girls in the team and the plan where we go out there and execute,” girls’ head coach Ross Reedy said. “We feel like we match up really well against them. As long as we can dictate the pace of play and avoid big missteps then we should be in a good shape to beat them.”

Physically the teams may be even but senior Kaitlyn Burtch hopes the team has a mental advantage.

“One thing we’ve been thinking about is being one, two, three places ahead,” Burtch said. “See what their doing and how we should react to it. Playing a smarter game. Obviously we have to have our skills in check and we have to be fundamentally sound but also but if we bring the mental aspect to the game than that can help us in the long run.”

Bunched up together near the top of the district standings, both school’s enter Fridays game with the same mindset.

“This’ll be a battle from two very talented programs, and we’re really looking forward to playing through difficult situations,” Reedy’s head girls’ basketball coach Jordan Sarten said via email. “Our biggest challenge will be to remain mentally tough during difficulties. We’ve been focusing a lot on the mental aspect of the game, and we’re still working on staying composed.”