Dragon basketball earns crucial wins to start the season off


Drew Tiritilli

With five straight wins, Ryan Ward and Carter Ford look to ignite the Dragon Basketball playoff run.

As football and volleyball season come to a close, basketball season is in full swing. Mens basketball opened their season on Nov. 10 with a showdown versus Austin Akins. The Dragons pulled out the win 62-59.  Lady Dragon basketball picked up their first win of the season last Friday over Rouse. Both teams get into the thick of their schedule this week.

Dragon basketball is looking to rebound after a 19-13 season that ended one game short of the playoffs. Round Rock has four returning players from last year’s squad with several newcomers including freshman Jaelyn Brooks and sophomore Seth Ford. The Dragon’s stacked talent puts them in a position to make a playoff run for the first time since 2014.

“I want to make the playoffs this year,” senior Ryan Ward said. “I want to make history. I have never made the playoffs as long as I have been on the team. I want to go far this year.”

The Lady Dragons are looking to turn the ship around after finishing 6-17 last season. The first move to turn the program around occurred when Round Rock hired Coach Pecos McDaniel to take over. Girls basketball has eight returning players from last year’s varsity group. The Lady Dragons are set up for success. Between the talent and the leadership, the Dragons are set for their first playoff appearance since 2013.

“Making playoffs is the goal this year.” senior Hannah Groff said. “This team has the talent and the work ethic, but now it’s time to put the pieces together. I want to finish my senior year with a bang.”

Both basketball teams are looking to rebound after after long playoff droughts. The returning leadership and the young talent can help put Dragon basketball back on the map.