Ellison is fully aware that district play begins in 10 days.

Yet while head coach Sherry McKinnon and her players were surprised at how fast the regular season is moving, they were also very aware of what they need to do with league play around the corner.

And the Lady Eagles were hopeful that they will see just that this week when they open play in the Phillips 66 Katy Classic against Aldine Davis on Thursday.

“We’re not being very consistent right now,” McKinnon said. “I think we’re in an OK spot. We’ve got room for improvement of course.”

McKinnon entered the season hoping to see a balanced effort from her team and contributions from every player on the roster.

And three weeks into the season, she and her players said that balanced effort has already shown itself on the floor.

“Everybody’s stepping up now,” junior Madison Hattix-Covington said.

“Everybody has their strengths that make the team complete,” senior Naomi Burnette added.

But Ellison has also gotten key contributions from a pair of sophomores, Cielo McClain and Aujunnae Smith, who have been a boost in the Lady Eagle front court, McKinnon said.

“It’s great to have those two,” McKinnon said, “because they’re both, I believe, going to be really big powerhouses for us.”

Yet Ellison isn’t completely satisfied.

McKinnon and her players agreed that they need to do a better job of rebounding and reducing turnovers on the offensive end.

Burnette and Hattix-Covington said both in unison when asked what still needs to improve for the team.

McKinnon said that isn’t a surprise as she has harped on both points of late.

But McKinnon and her players were both optimistic about where the Lady Eagles are at this point in the season.

Now, they just hope to continue improving as they finish up the nondistrict portion of the schedule.

After all, the games that count in the standings begin next week.

“We want to go in winning,” Hattix-Covington said. “We don’t want to go in on a bad note.”

Contact Jordan Mason at jmason@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7562​

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