The 2019-2020 girls basketball season tips off for both Midlothian ISD high schools this week and next. Midlothian High School opens on the road on Friday at Mansfield High, and Heritage High School will wait until next Tuesday to open at Fort Worth Arlington Heights.

Heritage opens the year at No. 18 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 4A preseason poll. Coach Angie Evans takes over the team a year after the Jaguars went 33-6, won a district championship and reached the region semifinals, losing to Sour Lake Hardin-Jefferson.

Evans replaces Jason Hodges, who returned to his hometown of Stephenville in the offseason after leading the Jaguars to four playoff appearances — one for each season the school has participated in varsity basketball.

The Jags will open with 13 straight road games, including the Crandall tournament Nov. 21-23. Their first home action will be their own tournament, which will be Dec. 12-14 at the HHS main gymnasium. District play begins Jan. 10 at home against Life Waxahachie.

Meanwhile, at MHS, head coach Amy Tennison begins her sixth season at the school with a team hoping to improve on last season’s 21-win performance. The Panthers made the playoffs last February, falling 55-39 to Mesquite Poteet in the first round.

Like HHS, the Panthers’ pre-district schedule is also road-heavy at first, but the team has home games slated for Nov. 19 against North Forney and Nov. 25 against Waxahachie. They are entered in the Burleson Centennial tournament Nov. 14-16 and the She Got Game tournament Dec. 5-7 in Mansfield, as well as the Waco Midway tournament over the Christmas holiday.

District play for MHS begins Dec. 17 at home against Corsicana.