The high school girls basketball season tips into action this weekend, including the 2021-22 non-district openers for Temple, Belton and Lake Belton.

Led by their fourth-year head coach RaShonta LeBlanc, the Tem-Cats travel to face Waco University at 6:30 tonight.

The Tem-Cats are coming off a 16-8 playoff-qualifying 2020-21 campaign that featured a second-place finish in District 12-6A. They were knocked out of the postseason in the first round by Cedar Hill. Among those back for Temple are reigning district offensive MVP Aniah Hall at post and senior guard Nyteria Colbert, who was a first-team all-district selection a year ago.

Belton, meanwhile, has a new coach in charge. Eric Regier replaced Brenda Gomez in the offseason and will try to help the Lady Tigers return to the postseason after they went 5-9 in 12-6A last season.

Belton opens against Bryan Rudder at 6:30 tonight in Tiger Gym.

In their second-ever season, coach Taylor Hill’s Lake Belton Lady Broncos dive into the season at 12:15 p.m. Saturday at Cameron Yoe. Lake Belton makes its home debut Tuesday.

It’ll be a busier late fall/early winter for most area basketball teams with the return of tournaments after they were nixed last season because of the pandemic.

Temple, which has its home opener Nov. 22, is scheduled to play in three tournaments, starting with next week’s Be-You-tiful Classic in the Austin area. Belton begins its three-tournament slate at the Burleson Centennial tournament next Thursday.

The Lady Broncos have two tournaments on their docket in December.