– by Albert Alvarado (KDHNEWS)
The Killeen Kangaroos made the plays down the stretch to get a hard-earned win over the Shoemaker Lady Grey Wolves on Tuesday night to end a five-game losing streak, but more importantly, the Lady Roos hope it’s the beginning of something bigger.
Much like last year, Killeen looks to make another run and make a return to the Region II-6A, bi-district playoffs.
“We have a couple of kids on our roster from last year and they remember that it’s possible,” Killeen head coach Joanne Knowles said. “We did it last year and we can do it again.”
Killeen started the second half of District 12-6A play with a 25-20, 20-25, 28-26, 26-24 home win over Shoemaker.
The Lady Roos were 1-5 in district play last year before beating Shoemaker 3-1 in a match that was arguably the biggest win of last season. After that, the Lady Roos went on to win two more district games to finish 4-8 in league play and force a three-team tiebreaker with Belton and Harker Heights.
“We have a better bond this season and I also think that we’re very strong in the things that we do,” senior outside hitter Nadia Richardson said. “I feel like that if we keep playing as a team and up to our level that we can do the same things that we did last year.”
Tuesday’s win put Killeen at 2-5 in district play, tied with Harker Height (18-20, 2-5) for fifth place, one game behind Ellison (19-17, 3-4).
“We know we can beat certain teams, it’s definitely mental,” senior setter Madison Sapp said. “As long as we stay focused, we have the skills and physical abilities to beat them.”
The Lady Roos enter a crucial three-game stretch where they play at Belton on Friday, at Harker Heights on Tuesday and host Ellison on Oct. 16.
Killeen was previously swept by Belton 3-0, could not hold on in a 3-2 loss to Harker Heights and didn’t complete a comeback at Ellison during the first round of district play.
“I think that we’re going to have to be more consistent and we’re going to have to finish games,” Richardson said.
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