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After losing Class of 2013 District 8-5A co-MVP Kenesha Saygo, and starters Deja Pointer and Kaitlyn Shearer, Ellison faces an uphill climb in its quest to repeat as District 8-5A champion.
The goal was to get to the 2A-Region III tournament.
District 8-5A co-MVPs Jasmine Goodwine and Kenesha Saygo were recognized by the Texas Girls Coaches Association last week.
Kenesha Saygo was unapologetically reckless at times. It was never strange to see the Ellison senior point guard peeling herself off the floor after haphazardly hurling her body into the lane to draw contact, only to flail her arms and put up an awkward, off-balance shot at the last second in hopes of an and-one opportunity.
Ellison girls basketball coach Sherry McKinnon saw it during offseason workouts last season following their first-round playoff to DeSoto: This group of Lady Eagles was special.
TEMPLE — The Temple and Killeen girls basketball teams knew they were going to the playoffs before they played each other on Tuesday, but only the Lady Roos looked like they were ready for the postseason.
Shawnte’ Goff could sense it. An upset was approaching.
HARKER HEIGHTS — It’s been a roller coaster season for Shirretha Nelson and her Harker Heights basketball team.
TEMPLE — Kenesha Saygo called it.
“You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have the facts of life, the facts of life.”
At Shoemaker, KeTara Chapel scored 19 and Alyssa Jones added 14 as the 14th-ranked Tem-Cats outscored the Lady Grey Wolves in every quarter.
His first year on varsity, Ojai Black got a lesson on leading by example from former Ellison star Devonte Brown, now a redshirt freshman at Indiana State.
By Kevin Posival
TEMPLE — Tyesha Taylor had a strong all-around game for the Temple girls basketball team on Friday night, but what the junior center did on offense will stick with her the most.
Ellison's Francesca Patrick lofts a shot against Temple's Ketara Chapel on Friday night at Ellison High School.
Ellison's Deja Pointer drives around Temple's Ketara Chapel, left, and Jazzmen Ortiz, right, for a shot Friday night at Ellison High School.
Ellison's Jordanna Porter tries to steal the ball from Temple's Ketara Chapel on Friday night at Ellison High School.
At Temple, KeTara Chapel scored 18 points and Jazzmen Ortiz added 11 as the Tem-Cats blew away the Lady Grey Wolves.
At Temple, Tyesha Taylor scored 13 and Mississippi State commit Ketara Chapel scored 10 to lead the Tem-Cats to a season-opening win over the Lady Tigers.
Harker Heights guard JaQuan Jackson playfully gapes at Temple post KeTara Chapel’s claim that the Tem-Cats are the stronger team. The Lady Knights and Temple are expected to contend for the District 8-5A title this season.
With Harker Heights guard JaQuan Jackson, right, and Temple post KeTara Chapel back this season, there will be plenty of debate over which is the stronger team in District 8-5A.
Harker Heights only lost two games in what was a record-breaking season last year.
By Nick Talbot
By Nick Talbot
By Kevin Posival
Belton Senior Activity Center’s annual Christmas party is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at 842 S. Mitchell St., Belton.