After putting together a school-record 35-win season a year ago and advancing to the Region II-5A quarterfinals, the Harker Heights Lady Knights earned some preseason pub with a No. 13 ranking in Class 5A.

In the initial preseason poll released Monday by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches/Tex Preps Basketball Magazine, the Lady Knights fall behind perennial playoff contenders San Antonio Reagan, Dallas Skyline and Houston Cy Falls.

Heights graduated a trio of multi-year starters but return two all-district guards in senior JaQuan Jackson and sophomore Alexus Dukes. The Lady Knights are also expected to be without 6-foot-1 senior post Brianna Freeman, the defending District 12-5A offensive MVP, for an extended period of time with a surgically-repaired ACL.

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