WACO — At a time when points were coming at a premium between Harker Heights and Cedar Hill on Tuesday, Cameron DeLaney came up with four big ones in just one possession.
Seconds later, a steal and a layup by DeLaney officially busted the game open as No. 11 Heights ran away from Cedar Hill in a 53-33 bi-district playoff round victory at Waco High School.
DeLaney scored 10 of his game-high 21 points in the second quarter to propel the Knights (25-6) to the area round, where they’ll meet Flower Mound Marcus after their first playoff victory in two years.
“Man, this feeling is great,” DeLaney said with a smile. “I don’t even know how to act right now.”
Heights began the game on a 9-2 run before Cedar Hill slowed the game down to a crawl with a variety of zone defenses and half-court traps.
After going up 9-2 at the 4:04 mark in the first, Heights went without a field goal until C.J. Bobbitt hit a layup at the 6:29 mark in the second.
But the Knights never trailed thanks to a scrappy man-to-man defense and solid rim protection that kept Cedar Hill at bay the entire night.
After head coach Celneque Bobbitt criti-
cized the Knights’ defense after their regular-season finale against Killeen, Tuesday left him with no complaints on that end.
“Hey, man,” Bobbitt said, “they got down and got after it. I can’t even say nothing about it.”
Only four Longhorns scored in the game as Cedar Hill shot 12 for 40 on the night, including just 35 percent on shots in the paint.
Yet the Longhorns were within four before
DeLaney pulled up and drilled a deep 3-pointer as he was fouled with 2:29 to play in the second quarter.
He then hit the free throw to complete the four-point play, which ignited an 11-2 run to end the first half.
“It just gave us even more momentum than we already had because everybody just got hyped and we all just got locked in,” fellow senior Roderick Taylor said.
After taking a 29-16 lead into halftime, Heights opened the second half with a 7-0 run, capped by a second steal and layup by DeLaney.
This one put Heights up 36-16 with 4:14 to play in the third as Cedar Hill, which lost to Heights by just four in December, never threatened again.
C.J. Bobbitt added 12 points for Heights while Kealon Clayborne and Chauncey Hill each scored 11 for Cedar Hill.
And now that Heights is back in the area round after a two-year hiatus, the Knights are hoping to stick around these playoffs for a while.
“I was excited (coming in),” Taylor said.
“I just wanted to finish my career strong, at least get one (playoff) victory under my belt because we’ve lost every playoff game since I’ve been on the varsity, so I just wanted to get a win under my belt and hoping to keep the train rolling.”
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