After dropping a tough four-set loss to Belton on Tuesday, the Killeen Lady Kangaroos gave it the same effort on Friday at Harker Heights. The difference turned out to be the result.

After falling in the first two games, Killeen (9-11, 2-5 District 8-5A) rallied for a 23-25, 17-25, 25-16, 25-23, 15-4 win over Harker Heights (12-16, 2-5).

“We’ve played extremely tough matches all season, tonight the girls pulled together and decided they were going to do it,” Killeen coach Shelly Harris said.

The Lady Kangaroos snapped a three-game district losing skid. Killeen and Heights are in a three-way tie with Shoemaker for fifth place after the first half of district play.

Team captain Chalon Anderson had 14 kills, six aces and eight digs for Killeen while Madison Sapp added 32 assists.

Harris said the turning point of the match proved to be around the 15th point of Game 3. “We started serving very well and from that point on they decided they could really do this,” she said.

Junior outside hitter and defensive specialist Sabrina Garcia had a strong game with 14 kills, eight digs and three aces.

The Lady Kangaroos will go for their second straight district win on Tuesday when they host the Ellison Lady Eagles (16-11, 4-3). Ellison beat Killeen in a five-game match on Sept. 13.

“They fight really hard, it’s just getting those last two points to finish it off,” Harris said about the first match. “It’s going to be a good match against Ellison.”

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