In their first weekend back from the Thanksgiving break, Community High School athletics had their second straight week of full time basketball playing their preseason schedule.
For Community girls basketball, the focus will be on the start of their district competition, which begins Friday against Farmersville. Here’s a look at how their district competition stacks up:
Top of the Pack: Sunnyvale, Caddo Mills and Terrell
Through the first two weeks of the season, Sunnyvale, Caddo Mills and Terrell have established themselves as the top contenders in the district.
A constant force at the top of the district standings, the Sunnyvale Lady Raiders have jumped out to an 8-1 start, including a 39-point win over Lovejoy, to put themselves in great shape to return as district champions. Community faces Sunnyvale Friday, Dec. 18, on the road and Friday, Jan. 22, at home.
Caddo Mills has started with a 7-3 overall record, including a 10-point victory over Wills Point and a 26-point victory over Commerce. Key returning players for the Lady Foxes include senior guard Myla Gonner, senior forward Ebony Neal and senior center Rylea Helmberger. Community hosts Caddo Mills Tuesday, Dec. 15, before heading on the road for a Tuesday, Jan. 19 matchup.
Another team that will be fighting for a playoff spot, Terrell is pushing for redemption after a bad season in 5A last year. To start this season, the Lady Tigers have jumped out to an impressive 6-2 overall record, including wins over North Garland and Sulphur Springs. Community hosts Terrell Tuesday, Dec. 22, before traveling to THS Tuesday, Jan. 26.
Next in Line: Farmersville, Quinlan Ford and Kaufman
There is a big drop-off between the top three teams in the district and the next three teams, with neither Farmersville, Ford nor Kaufman having two wins on their record. With four spots in the playoffs, Community will be fighting with these teams for that final postseason opportunity.
This season hasn’t started well for Ford, who has struggled since winning their season opener against Commerce. Through their first eight games, they sport a 1-7 record, with most of their losses coming in the final minutes. Key returning players for Quinlan Ford include senior shooting guard Sophia Grace and senior point guard Madison Harrison. Community hosts Ford Tuesday, Jan. 12, before traveling to Quinlan for their season finale Friday, Feb. 5.
Kaufman is one of the bigger mysteries of their district opponents. A member of District 13-5A last season, the Lady Lions made the playoffs with a 10-11 record, including a 4-6 mark in district. This season, the Lady Lions hold a 2-7 overall record, with losses to Jacksonville, Crandall and Wills Point. Community faces Kaufman Tuesday, Jan. 5, and Friday, Jan. 29.
Farmersville is one of the harder teams to judge in their district based simply on their lack of playing time. Thanks to a long run in the volleyball playoffs, and a two-week quarantine for FHS, the Lady Farmers have only played two games this year, both of which were losses. Community plays Farmersville Friday, Dec. 11, and hosts the Lady Farmers Friday, Jan. 15.
Here’s a look at what Community athletics did this week:
Dec. 1- Lady Braves lose to North Forney by 28.
In their first game this week, the Lady Braves were unable to slow down a 5-3 North Forney team, losing at home 62-34.
Dec. 1- Boys basketball loses at Canton 56-50
In their lone match of the weekend, Community boys basketball were unable to close the gap on a good Canton team, losing on the road by six points. With the loss, the Braves are now 1-2 on the season.
Dec. 4/5- Girls basketball loses road matchups against Wolfe City, Van
Traveling to Wolfe City Friday, Dec. 4, the Lady Braves had their lowest scoring output of the season, as they lost to the Lady Wolves 46-27.
The following day, the Lady Braves were unable to get a win over the previously winless Lady Vandals, losing on the road 62-39. With these losses, the Lady Braves move to 3-5 on the season.
For the boys basketball team, they finish their preseason competition with games against Van and Anna before hosting Terrell for the start of district play. Community will host Van Friday, Dec. 11, before traveling to Anna Tuesday, Dec. 15.
For the girls basketball team, they start their district competition this week with a road contest against Farmersville Friday, Dec. 11, followed by a road match against Mount Vernon.