The Lady Knights have momentum, and they cannot afford to lose it.
After producing just one victory during the first half of District 8-6A play, Harker Heights enters tonight’s contest at Ellison on a two-match winning streak.
But if the Lady Knights intend to reach the playoffs, they need to extend it.
With a 3-5 record in district competition, Harker Heights is fifth in the standings with four matches remaining in the regular season.
Ahead of the Lady Knights, however, are their next two opponents.
The Lady Eagles (4-5) and Belton (4-4) currently possess the final two postseason berths, and each team defeated Harker Heights in their first encounter.
Making matters worse, the Lady Knights’ last two matches are against No. 23 Copperas Cove and defending district champion Waco Midway. Entering tonight, the Lady Bulldawgs and Pantherettes have a combined record of 17-1 in district.
Harker Heights is coming off a 25-23- 25-14- 25-18 victory at Killeen on Tuesday behind impressive offensive showings from Aliyah Lockett and Jendaya Robertson, who shared team-high honors in kills with seven apiece.
Along with serving four aces, Selicia Field recorded a dozen assists, and defensively, Valeria Cosme finished with 14 digs, while Haley Brown, Sorcha Dunn and Robertson each tallied three blocks.
The Knights and Lady Knights are on the verge of returning to court.
Although the first regular-season game is not scheduled until early November, the University Interscholastic League allows girls basketball teams to begin practicing Wednesday.
The Lady Knights’ first scrimmage will be Nov. 1 at Lake Travis, and they open their season Nov. 4 at Temple.
Boys basketball teams are permitted to begin practice on Oct. 25 with scrimmages beginning Nov. 4 and the season opening Nov. 10.
Last season, the Knights and the Lady Knights each missed the playoffs.
The District 8-6A cross country meet was held Thursday at Waco’s Heart of Texas Soccer Complex. Results will be available in next week’s edition of the Heights Herald.
The top three teams and top 10 individuals at district advance to the Region I-6A meet at Lubbock on Oct. 23. At regionals, the top four teams and top 10 individuals who are not on a qualifying team advance to state.
The state meet will be held at Round Rock’s Old Settlers Park on Nov. 4.