Parkins is hitting a Kanawha Valley-leading .554 with 50 RBI while Burdette is batting .515 with six home runs and 43 RBI.
Moore said Higginbotham's understanding of her options at the plate is critical to her success.
"We have to get on base and Katie guarantees that, but it's not all her speed," he said. "Her best attribute in making her such a good hitter is how selective she is when she's in the box. That's what makes her such a good aspect to our program. An athlete like her changes the game."
Moore commended Higginbotham for her leadership - there is only one senior on the squad - but also her modesty and capacity to invite others to lead.
"Katie has played a big role in leading the girls, especially underclassmen, but she does so through example," Moore said. "She never complains. (She) does what she has to and works hard."
Buffalo's lost several key players to graduation after the 2012 season, including All-State catcher Casey Cunningham. Those losses created both obstacles and advantages. Moore said that although the girls have had to work harder under these circumstances, it has created a variety in position holders; except for Higginbotham.
She anchors the team in the outfield and in the lineup. Although Moore tested her talents in center in the beginning of season, Higginbotham has played almost all of the season in left, where she spent her freshman and sophomore seasons.
"I will play wherever coach wants me to play," she said. "You never know what he has planned."
The winner of Thursday's game will play either Wheeling Central or St. Marys (23-8) in the first round of the State Tournament at Jackson Park in Vienna on May 22.