It’s a tight playoff race in District 8-6A, but plenty of action remains.
Catch up on where area schools stand and outlooks on finishing out the season.
The Kangaroos (4-4) are currently tied with Belton for fourth place in the standings. Killeen will face first-place Waco Midway at home Friday.
After an 81-45 loss in front of the Panthers’ crowd in the first encounter, the Roos are out looking to avenge the loss, even the season series and move up in the standings.
“I’m trying to beat them by the same amount they beat us because they killed us,” Killeen junior guard Cortez Ivie said. “We just have to play together as a team more.”
The Lady Roos (4-6) are in a four-way tie for fourth place, taking on the No. 15 Pantherettes, who sit in second in the district standings at 8-2.
“I think that might be one of those wake-up calls, that humbling moment where nothing at all is going to come easy,” Killeen head coach Jennifer Graham said. “Because of that, they know there are things they have to fix for this next round of district play, and I believe in our girls.”
The No. 25 Eagles (6-2) fell to second place in the district standing after losing 41-40 in overtime to Shoemaker on Tuesday night.
“We just have to go harder and get ready for the second round,” Eagles senior forward Laurence Bryant said.
Ellison looks to climb back toward the top of the standings as it heads to Copperas Cove to face the Bulldawgs on Friday night.
The No. 18 Lady Eagles (9-1) clinched a playoff spot with a 65-34 win over Shoemaker on Tuesday night and look to continue to roll as they face Copperas Cove at home Friday night.
Ellison won the first game 45-35.
“We have to take each game, and we have to have a plan for it, that’s the only way we get it done,” Ellison head coach Sherry McKinnon said. “We can’t bypass anybody.
“We can’t move to the next game, we can’t move to the playoffs unless we handle our business each day.”
The Knights (3-5) are sitting in sixth place in the district standings, but with such a tight race, they aren’t underestimating any of the competition.
“Every team in this district can beat you on any night,” Harker Heights head coach Celneque Bobbitt said. “This is 6A basketball. It just depends on what team shows up.
“Some teams play good, some teams play bad, and we’ve played a lot of tight ballgames.”
Harker Heights will host San Angelo Central on Friday night, while the Lady Knights (4-6), who are in the fourth-place race with Belton, Killeen and the Lady Bobcats, will head to San Angelo to play the Lady Bobcats.
The Grey Wolves (5-3) have moved one game behind second place in the district standings and are coming off an upset of No. 25 Ellison.
Despite losing the district opener against the Eagles at the end of December, Shoemaker returned to district play after the new year with a three-game winning streak.
Grey Wolves head coach Brandon Gilbert knew early in the season that it was going to take his team “getting better, learning our responsibilities ... and playing strong, playing together and trusting one another.
“We just have to build on it.”
The Wolves play at Belton on Friday, while the Lady Grey Wolves host Belton.
Since starting district play with a 20-1 record, the Bulldawgs (1-7) have struggled in district play, losing by 3 points or less five times.
Copperas Cove hosts Ellison on Friday.
The Lady Bulldawgs (7-3) moved into third place after earning a 54-39 win against San Angelo Central on Tuesday evening.
“The biggest team that I have to scout and worry about is the Lady Dawgs,” Copperas Cove head coach Eldridge McAdams said of the remaining district foes, “so we’re going to go in and do exactly what we need to do — keep the same game plan.
“We’re going to go in and, main thing is, do our job to stay afloat and give ourselves a chance.”
Copperas Cove is one game behind Midway heading into Friday’s game at Ellison.