By Nick Talbot
Harker Heights Herald
The season may have ended earlier than the Harker Heights Lady Knights expected.
Thought to be a state contender heading into the playoffs, Harker Heights lost to Garland Sachse in Region II-5A quarterfinals Tuesday and finished the year 35-2.
But on Wednesday, the team was already starting to earn accolades for its most successful season ever.
"It was a good season overall and I enjoyed it with everyone and with the people," said junior guard JaQuan Jackson. "It is going to hurt to see everyone leaving, especially since we struggled (Tuesday) and we lost."
While the team was led by a trio of seniors, it was the underclassman who took home superlatives when the 12-5A all district team was announced Wednesday.
Jackson was co-MVP of 12-5A along with Temple junior post KeTara Chapel. Temple was the only team to defeat the Lady Knights during the regular season.
"I was shocked once I (heard I was MVP). I didn't think I would get MVP," Jackson said.
Temple and Harker Heights also split the defensive and offensive player of the year awards. Heights junior post Brianna Freeman won the offensive award and Temple sophomore Tyesha Taylor took home the defensive honor.
Heights also picked up the Newcomer of the Year and Coach of the Year awards. Freshman Alexus Dukes shared the newcomer honor with Ellison freshman post Jordanna Porter and Lady Knights coach Shirretha Nelson won for top coach.
"Coach Nelson was great this year," Jackson said. "She did a lot of things to help us. She yelled sometimes, but it all paid off in the end."
Also earning first team honors were A&M Consoldated senior Tori Tucker, Consol sophomore Blair Shaefer, Temple juniors Alyssa Jones and Rykeya Johnson, Shoemaker senior Kiara Rawls, Heights seniors Shanice Davis, Eboniey Jeter and Briana Golden, Ellison junior Deja Pointer and Ellison senior Alayshia Hunter.