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Andy Zavoina | Herald

Harker Heights’ Emri Lovell (10) scores on this jump shot as the first half buzzer sounded at Harker Heights High on Tuesday.

The Lady Knights lost their grip on first place in the District 12-6A standings Tuesday evening after losing to visiting Copperas Cove 58-53 in overtime.

Harker Heights fell into an early 22-14 deficit before rallying in the second half and creating a 44-38 cushion in the fourth quarter, but it would not last.

The Lady Bulldawgs tied the game 46-46 at the free-throw line with 6.6 seconds remaining in regulation, and they opened overtime with eight unanswered points to take control.

The Lady Knights pulled within three points, 56-53, with less than a minute remaining, but Copperas Cove senior Madison Griffon made a pair of free throws to secure the outcome with 6.9 seconds left in overtime.

Celise Bobbitt led Harker Heights (22-8, 11-4) in defeat with 17 points and 13 rebounds, while teammate Sierra Brooks finished with a dozen points.

The loss drops the Lady Knights into second place in the district standings with one game remaining in the regular season. Harker Heights has a bye tonight before closing with a game at Shoemaker on Tuesday.

Waco Midway (11-3) sits atop the standings, while Copperas Cove (10-4) is third. Killeen (8-6), Belton (8-6), Ellison (7-8), Temple (6-8), Waco (3-11) and Shoemaker (0-14) round out the field.

BOYS BASKETBALL

The Knights allowed 12 unanswered points in the first quarter Tuesday and never recovered, losing to Copperas Cove 55-48.

Harker Heights led 4-2 before the Bulldawgs’ scoring surge gave them a 14-4 advantage. The Knights trimmed the deficit to four points, 28-24, by halftime and rallied to within three points, 45-42, in the fourth quarter, but Copperas Cove responded with a 7-2 outburst to help clinch the victory.

Jalen Flowers scored a game-high 18 points for the Knights, while teammate Jairus Cherry added 10 points.

With the loss, Harker Heights (12-18, 3-10) is tied with Temple for sixth place in the district standings heading into tonight’s bye.

No. 16 Shoemaker (12-1) resides in first place followed by Ellison (10-3) and Midway (9-3), while Killeen (5-7), Waco (5-7), Copperas Cove (5-7), Belton (4-8), Harker Heights and Temple complete the standings.

SOCCER

The Knights finished tied 2-2 with Waco on Tuesday but lost on penalties.

Miguel Primero and Justin Williams scored for the Knights (2-0-2, 5 pts 12-6A), who picked up a point for the tie. It was Primero’s fourth goal of the season.

The Knights host Midway tonight at 8 p.m., while the Lady Knights travel to play the Pantherettes tonight at 7:30 p.m.

BOWLING

The Knights ran their district record to 7-0 with a 13-4 victory over Killeen on Tuesday at Killeen Bowlerama.

Jamal Mack led the Knights and all scorers with a 211 average.

The Knights led 5-2 after match play. Killeen cut the lead to 5-4 by winning the first team game, but Harker Heights came back to sweep the remaining games.

The Lady Knights also moved to 7-0 with a convincing 15-2 victory over the Lady Kangaroos. Peyton Heidtbrink averaged 200 to lead the Lady Knights.

Harker Heights returns to competition Monday, when they play Memorial Christian.

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