HARKER HEIGHTS — Ellison took a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter Tuesday, but Harker Heights wasn’t going to let the Lady Eagles earn a road victory without a fight.
Despite two starters fouling out, and a late charge by the host Lady Knights, Ellison prevailed 55-47 in a matchup of district unbeatens Tuesday at Heights gymnasium.
With the win, the defending district champions are now the only team without a district loss this season, and coach Sherry McKinnon, for the most part, is pleased with where her team is right now.
“They’re trying to do everything I need them to do,” McKinnon said. “One big thing is they’re playing as a team, they’re looking out for each other on the court.”
After starting the second quarter up one, Ellison went into the half up 11 as it held Heights to just five second-quarter points.
“We were boxing out, keeping them to one opportunity,” McKinnon said. “Definitely, we applied a lot of pressure to them and tried to get them to make mistakes.”
But Heights stormed back in the fourth, pulling within single digits, only for Ellison to hold on for the win.
Jordanna Porter led Ellison with a game-high 21 points while Francesca Patrick added 11 and Bri’anna Gray added 10.
Alexus Dukes led Heights with 16 points while Angela DeLaney had 13.
WACO MIDWAY 38, COPPERAS COVE 37: At Waco, the Lady Bulldawgs led by one point with 16 seconds remaining, but a turnover led to a game-winning layup for the Pantherettes.
Mikayla Blount scored a team-high 11 points for Copperas Cove, while teammates Brittany Gamble and Angel Mullen scored 10 and eight points, respectively.
The win gives the Pantherettes their first District 8-5A victory of the season, while dropping the Lady Bulldawgs record to 7-6 overall and 1-2 in district.
GATESVILLE 40, WACO CONNALLY 35: At Waco, three players recorded double-digit performances offensively and Gatesville rebounded from a pair of disappointing losses to record its first victory in almost two weeks.
Randi Farney, Brianna Poe and Kayla McGiboney each finished with 11 points as the Lady Hornets outscored Connally 30-19 in the second half.
Gatesville (8-9) produced just 10 points in the first half and trailed by six points at halftime before getting hot on offense.
Prior to Tuesday, the Lady Hornets committed a total of 76 turnovers during two consecutive games, losing both by a combined 75 points.
SALADO 49, LEXINGTON 26: At Lexington, Ashley Adams’ unusual double-double (18 points and 10 steals) led Salado in a 22-2A blowout win.
Taryn Kornegay added 11 points, and Jaylee Sebek added 10 for Salado (11-4, 2-1 22-2A). Taylor Atwood had five points and 16 rebounds.
Lexington (0-3 22-2A) trailed 12-4 after one quarter and 21-7 at intermission.
ROGERS 57, FLORENCE 31: At Florence, the Lady Buffs got off to a bad start and never recovered in a loss to Rogers.
Rebecca Horton led Florence (5-12, 0-3 22-2A) with 16 points and six rebounds.
Florence trailed 13-2 after the opening period and 32-12 at halftime.
The Lady Buffs are off until hosting Cameron Yoe on New Year’s Eve at 11 a.m.
SALADO 77, LEXINGTON 15: At Lexington, No. 22 Salado didn’t allow more than seven points in any quarter in a dominating win at Lexington.
Salado was quick out of the gate, outscoring Salado 31-3 in the first quarter and making sure there would be no comeback by holding a 20-9 scoring edge in the second half.
“I think we all played really well,” Salado coach Kenny Mann said. “I was proud of my bench guys. I didn’t play my starters in the second half and we still outscored them in the second half. I was pleased with that.”
Chase Kelly scored a game-high 13 points while Chris Deal added 12.
ROGERS 42, FLORENCE 34: At Florence, Alfredo Pena scored 10 points, but Florence fell to Rogers in its District 22-2A opener.
Michael Hoisington and Wyatt Odom combined for 15 points for the Buffaloes (4-5, 0-1 District 22-2A).
Florence won’t have another game until Dec. 27 when it opens up play at the Troy Tournament.
LOMETA 73, CHEROKEE 24: At Lometa, Shane Stone scored 15 points to help No. 18 Lometa win its final pre-district warmup.
Kyle Molter added 14 points and Ivan Jasso chipped in 11 of his own.
Lometa (9-4) opens District 28-1A, Division II play on Friday when it hosts Jonesboro.