That fast, huh?
In just four days the Harker Heights girls basketball team will open district play on the road against Waco Midway.
A week later the boys will do the same against Ellison in an early-season bout between two 8-5A heavyweights.
It wasn’t long ago that 8-5A teams were 0-0 and looking forward to the beginning of a new season with new opportunities to achieve higher goals.
Now, opportunity is on the horizon as district play looms for the Heights boys and girls teams.
For the girls, the start of league play marks the chance to return to the top half of the 8-5A standings after winning just two district games in 2012.
At this point, the Lady Knights appear to be well-equipped to compete at a higher level by, if nothing else, being significantly healthier at this point in the season.
But playoff spots are not earned on paper and the Lady Knights know they will have to continue to improve to reach the postseason.
The Lady Knights seemed to take a step in that direction Tuesday, overcoming a disadvantage on the boards that has plagued them at times this year to turn a nailbiter against God’s Academy into a blowout by the start of the fourth.
For the boys, ranked No. 13 in the state by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, the goal is a bit different.
The Knights reached the playoffs last year and nearly upset eventual state runner-up South Grand Prairie in a first-round exit.
With many key contributors from that team back, the dream for Heights is to, ultimately, switch places with South Grand Prairie.
The Knights hope to start by gaining supremacy in 8-5A, and there is no better place to start that than against Ellison.
The teams split two meetings last year with the road team prevailing each time. The Knights’ victory in the second game tied them with Ellison atop the district standings before the Eagles held serve to eventually win the 8-5A title.
Heights certainly showed why it is favored to contend for a district crown again Tuesday, beating God’s Academy by 25 in its home opener, but the Knights were far from sharp, which meant coach Celneque Bobbitt was far from happy.
He said transition defense and turnovers were the primary culprits in slowing down his team.
Bobbitt holds his team to the highest standard, and rightfully so for a team with equally lofty goals.
For the Knights and Lady Knights, the time to truly begin recognizing those preseason goals is fast approaching.
Both have shown why they are well within reach.
Now, the time is coming to actually achieve the goals set in the preseason.
And whether it is rebounding for the Lady Knights or protecting the ball for the Knights, with just a small adjustment, both teams have reason to believe they can achieve the goals set in the preseason.
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