Southlake Carroll looks to get past area round

Southlake Carroll head coach Teri Morrison makes no secret of her team’s goal of getting past the area round of the playoffs this year.

The Lady Dragons have been bumped in the second round the last three years.

But they don’t talk about it. The team addressed it at the beginning of the year and has since focused on the game or practice at hand.

So far, that approach has worked as Carroll (22-5, 8-0) has a 2 1/2-game lead on the rest of District 7-5A.

“You want to focus on the next game,” Morrison said. “You take care of that area round in the offseason. We focused on the offseason on the what we could do as a team versus the teams that knock us out.”

Led by its quickness on the perimeter, Carroll's defense is holding teams to less than 40 points per game. Offensively, Carroll uses a balanced attack with Kayla Reinhart (11 points per game), Janelle Jenkins (9.6) and Sierra Maykus (9.2) leading the way.

Part of Carroll’s problem getting out of the second round has been matchups with 5-5A and 6-5A –- two of the best girls basketball districts in the state.

It’s no different this year. Should Carroll win 7-5A and make it to area, any number of state powerhouses could be its opponent, including Duncanville, Mansfield Timberview, Cedar Hill, Irving MacArthur, Colleyville Heritage and Euless Trinity, which has beaten Carroll twice already this year.

“What our district looks like and what happens in the postseason is completely different,” Morrison said. “We have to focus on what we can to be that type of team to get past that second round. I love being in the best region in the state.”

Carroll plays at second-place Keller on Friday.