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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Five teams bunched up at top of District 7-5A

By Jeff Andrews

There are plenty of contenders for the District 7-5A title, but a favorite has yet to emerge.

Coppell (17-6), Keller Fossil Ridge (13-6) and Southlake Carroll (13-8) are tied for first with a 3-1 district record, with Justin Northwest (18-5) and Keller Central (12-11) a game back at at 2-2.

The logjam at the top was created in part by struggling teams at the bottom. Keller, Saginaw and Denton Guyer have combined for just two district wins.

If not for a blown lead against Carroll, Coppell would be in sole possession of first, having beaten Fossil Ridge and Northwest. Northwest knocked Coppell out of the playoffs in 2010.

Northwest beat Carroll but fell out of a tie for first after a 50-32 loss to Central on Tuesday.

Carroll and Fossil Ridge look like strong contenders to return to the playoffs after missing out on the postseason in 2010.

Carroll is getting it done with defense, giving up just 51 points per game. Guard William Brown leads the Dragons in scoring with 15 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Max Berman averages 12 points per game, while Grant Jolly adds 10 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.

Coppell hosts Keller Central on Friday, Northwest hosts Saginaw, Carroll hosts Guyer and Fossil Ridge hosts Keller.