By Matthew Girard
Killeen Daily Herald
HARKER HEIGHTS – The Harker Heights girls athletic programs got another boost of prestige Tuesday as two more Lady Knight athletes signed national letters of intent to take their games to the next level.
Outside the Harker Heights gymnasium, seniors Jasmine Smalls (track) and Tomika Lynce (basketball) signed their names on the dotted line to not only attend college, but to play their respective sports while getting their educations.
Smalls, who ran hurdles for the Lady Knights' track team, signed with South Plains College in Levelland.
Smalls said SPC coach Chris Beene contacted her about running track for the Texans.
"The (track) coach actually found me and it was any easy way to go somewhere on a full ride," Smalls said. "It's just another step to compete at the next level, and to get away from home."
Harker Heights girls track coach Rachel Hood said she enjoyed working with Smalls in her first season as a varsity hurdler.
"She's a great athlete, has a great attitude and a great work ethic," Hood said. "They (SPC) are overly thrilled to get her because she is, by far, a higher caliber athlete then what they normally get."
Smalls said she is hoping to contribute immediately as a freshman next season.
"(I'm hoping) to break records like I did in high school and use the competition to be able to transfer out to a higher level, Division I if possible," Smalls said.
Lynce became the fifth Lady Knight basketball player to sign to play college basketball this year. Lynce will take her game to Tarleton State University in Stephenville.
Along with Jasimone Dunn (Ranger College), Taniel Lewis (Ranger College), Rashawndira Johnson (Grayson College) and Shaquitta Martin (Temple College), Lynce helped lead the Lady Knights to their second straight playoff appearance in as many years.
Lynce said she was excited to move on the next level.
"I'm really excited and I was glad to be signing with my best friend (Smalls)," Lynce said. "I'm just happy for the both of us."
Lynce said TexAnns coach Ronnie Hearne was a big reason why she wanted to go to TSU.
"I think the coach is really, really nice," Lynce said. "He really seems like somebody that would not only be my coach, but a life teacher and I really like that."
Tarleton finished the season with a 16-8 overall record and was 8-5 in the Lone Star Conference South Division.
"I didn't want to go anywhere too big or too small and Tarleton is right in the middle," Lynce said. "It's a small town and it is comfortable."
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