In a way, rematches have defined Harker Heights’ season.
One of the Knights’ two losses in nondistrict competition came against Pflugerville in the Austin Westlake Holiday Classic and was the impetus for seven straight wins.
The last win during that stretch was one of the Knights’ most impressive in district play as Heights avenged its only district loss at the time in a 14-point win against Ellison.
Not even a week later, Heights lost a rematch to Shoemaker, which put the teams in a first-place tie that wasn’t decided until the last day of the regular season.
Fittingly, No. 11 Heights will begin the postseason with a rematch, this one against perennial power Cedar Hill.
The Knights defeated the Longhorns 69-65 in the teams’ first meeting in a December, after which Heights coach Celneque Bobbitt raved about the playoff atmosphere in the gym.
Now, the teams will actually meet in the playoffs with Heights hoping to begin a deep playoff run and Cedar Hill looking to avenge its loss to the 8-5A champion Knights.
If Heights hopes to advance, it will have to be better than it was in its regular-season finale, at least according to Bobbitt.
“We really didn’t do enough on the defensive end,” Bobbitt said after the Knights’ 60-45 win against Killeen.
“That is not going to be enough in the playoffs.”
Bobbitt and the Knights know what Cedar Hill brings to the table.
And now, Heights’ season rides on being able to top that for the second time this season.