Jamyron Keller scored 37 points and the Liberty Hill seventh-grade A-team Lions clinched the American Conference championship and the top seed in the postseason championship tournament with a 58-44 win over the Smith Leopards on Wednesday in Killeen ISD middle school basketball action.
Smith led 27-24 at halftime, but the Lions outscored the Leopards 34-17 in the second half.
Other scorers for Liberty Hill (9-2, 5-0 conference) were Ryan Allen (nine points), Jy’ Eskridge (five), Ta’shun Berry, Jeremiah Jones and Marcus Rush (two each) and Gabriel Ramirez (one). Suntisouk Soutthichak was a defensive standout.
MANOR 7A 56, PALO ALTO 7A 30: The Rams pulled away in the second half after a 21-21 halftime tie.
De’Pre Brent, Micheal Morales and Jadarius Hopkins led the defeated Patriots.
UNION GROVE 7A 49, AUDIE MURPHY 7A 12: Tyrese Smith scored 11 points and the Grizzlies won their regular-season finale.
Other scorers for Union Grove (7-4) were Evan Chatman (nine points), Aimeer Washington and Dayne Holden (six points), Re’shaun Sanford (five) and Alexander Bailey, Marcus McMillan and Javonni Goodrich (four) and Jayden Chatman (two).
PALO ALTO 7B DEF. MANOR 7B: Maijae Bostic, Jad’N Shaw, Jalon Bernal, Nick Caldwell and Ethan Welsher helped the Patriots hold off Manor for a victory.
UNION GROVE 7B 26, AUDIE MURPHY 7B 15: Tahid Lloyd scored nine points, and Paul Seaton added eight as the Grizzlies won their season finale.
Other scorers for Union Grove (7-1) were Amaree Head (four points), Jaleel Sadiq and Charles Williams (two each) and Tavares Mitchell (one).
SMITH 7B 47, LIBERTY HILL 7B 26: The Leopards scored the first 16 points and went on to hand Liberty Hill its first conference loss.
King White led the defeated Lions (6-3, 3-1 conference) with nine points. Other scorers were Malachi Everson (four), De’Aireion Littlejohn, Andrew Estrada and Daniel Lanxon (three each) and Jayden Gentle and Kameron Jenkins (two each).
Janiel Colon Rodriguez was a defensive standout
NOLAN 8A 49, EASTERN HILLS 8A 38: At Nolan, Kenterrius Johnson came off the bench to score 14 points and lead the Mustangs to a win.
Johnson also had four rebounds and two steals. Other contributors for Nolan were Natavian Moffett (13 points, six steals, five rebounds, four assists), Keshawn Hassel (eight points), Jose Rivera (seven points), Devonte Tezino (four points, 12 rebounds and three blocks), Kyler Villalba (two points, three rebounds), Dartrell Wilson (one point, five steals, five rebounds) and defensive standouts Jalen Bell, Paul McGahee, Javier Corral and Elijah Armour.
The Mustangs came up with 18 steals after falling behind in the opening period.
LIBERTY HILL 8A 48, SMITH 8A 33: Terrance Carter scored 15 points, Uriyah Evans added 14 and the Lions completed a perfect regular season.
Other scorers for Liberty Hill (11-0) were Iv’rson Lavizzo (10 points) and Marcus Maple (eight).
NOLAN 8B 27, EASTERN HILLS 8B 22: At Nolan, Erik Garcia, Harriah Garner and Marcus Runner scored four points each to lead the Mustangs to their first victory.
Damarrion Jones added 3 points with good free-throw shooting. Garrin Bentley, Richard Gutierrez, Shannon Corley, Daniel Adams, Jorge Morales and Hunter Cox each had two points. Bairo Velasco, Xander Rivera and Timothy Thompson played well defensively.
SMITH 8B 28, LIBERTY HILL 8B 17: Tyrell Winston led the defeated Lions with eight points. Other scorers for Liberty Hill (9-2) were Anthony Millender (five) and, David Lanxon and Keshaun Collier (two each).
BOYS B-TEAM TOURNEYS
SMITH WINS 7B TOURNEY: Kaunye Jones scored eight points and the unbeaten Leopards defeated Liberty Hill 24-19 to win the Killeen ISD 7B tournament.
Other scorers for Smith (10-0) were Miles Grant (five points), Jeante Mayo (four), Sebastian Cordero (three) and DeAndre Jones and Darius Steverson (two each).
King White led Liberty Hill (6-3) with 11 points. Other scorers for the Lions were Malachi Everson (four) and Jayden Gentle and Brendan Ortega (two each). De’Arieion Littlejohn and Reggie Randall were defensive standouts.
The Lions were their own worst enemy, missing 14 of 21 free throws.
SMITH 7B 33, PATTERSON 7B 16: Kaunye Jones scored nine points as the Leopards unleashed their best performance of the season in a semifinal victory.
Grant added seven points, and Caleob Houston had six. DeAndre Jones, Mayo, Cordero and Steverson were defensive standouts.
LIBERTY HILL 7B 44, PALO ALTO 7B 6: Robert Lopez scored 10 points as the Lions rolled to a semifinal victory.
Ten of the other 12 Liberty Hill players also scored: Devaugn WIlliams (six), Littlejohn, Gentle and Kevin Williams (four each), White, Randall, Janiel Colon-Rodriguez and Kameron Jenkins (three each) and Andrew Estrada and Ortega (two each). Everson was a defensive standout.
Standouts for the Patriots were Jalon Bernal, Ethan Welsher, De’Pre Brent, Nickolus Caldwell, Javon Hamlin and Nijell Sims.
SMITH 7B 34, AUDIE MURPHY 7B 12: Ten of the Leopards’ 12 players scored and Smith shut out the Falcons in the first half.
UNION GROVE 7B 35, AUDIE MURPHY 7B 17: Charles Williams scored 13 points in the Grizzlies’ victory.
Other scorers for Union Grove were Amaree Head (eight points), Nicholas Tinsley (six), Tavares Mitchell (four) and Paul Seaton and Jaleel Sadiq (two each).
RANCIER 8B 24, EASTERN HILLS 8B 11: Caleb Johnson had six points, four rebounds, three assists and four steals in the Karoos’ second tourney game.
Rancier led by 13 at halftime.
Other contributors for the Karoos were De’Untae Taylor (five points, seven rebounds), Shamareik Johnson-Whitsell (four points), Vincent Cross (three points) and Jacob Medeiros (three rebounds). Tristan Taylor, Quintyne Thomas and Omari Barber each scored two points. Elias Rolon-Soto and Ivory Washington finished with two steals each.
SMITH 8B 41, PATTERSON 8B 31: Kameron Garner led the defeated Cavaliers with six points.
Other scorers for Patterson were Zaylin Blackwood and Collins Akpablie (five points each), Tyree Witherspoon (four), Kevin Sanchez (three) and Michael Kelly, Jorien Young and Willie Hall (two each).
PATTERSON 8B 30, LIVE OAK RIDGE 8B 17: Collins Akpablie scored 10 points to lift the Cavaliers to a second-round victory.
Patterson pulled away after the teams played to a 9-9 halftime tie.
Others scorers for the Cavaliers were Jorien Young (nine points), Michael Kelly (four), Tyree Witherspoon (three) and Willie Hall (two).
Feb. 1 boys
NOLAN 8A 53, PALO ALTO 8A 37: Devonte Tezino recorded the Mustangs’ first double-double of the season, collecting 14 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks in the victory.
Dartrell Wilson banked in a shot from beyond half court at the end of the first quarter and Nolan seemed to be in command with an 11-point halftime lead.
But the Patriots fought back and took the lead in the third quarter.
The Mustangs dominated in the fourth quarter, using turnovers to pull away.
Other contributors for Nolan were Natavian Moffett (12 points, six rebounds, six steals and five assists), Keshawn Hassell and Kenterrius Johnson (eight points each), Jose Rivera (five points, four assists and five steals), Javier Corral, Elijah Armour and Jalen Bell (two points each) and Kyler Villaba (five rebounds and two assists).
PALO ALTO 8B 46, NOLAN 8B 22: At Palo Alto, Harriah Garner, Timothy Thompson and Shannon Corley scored four points each for the defeated Mustangs.
Erik Garcia and Xander Rivera each added three points, while Jorge Morales had two.
MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS
RANCIER 8A 27, LIVE OAK RIDGE 8A 24: Sugeily Nieves scored 10 points in the Lady Roos’ victory.
Other scorers for Rancier were Diamond Brunn (six points), Yazmin Villisana (four), Sariyah Carter (three) and Alexis Fassett and Allonna Beasley (two each).
UNION GROVE 7A 49, AUDIE MURPHY 7A 22: Keonna Otis scored a season-high 20 points in the Grizzlies’ victory.
Nakela Burks added nine points for Union Grove, which took command with a 20-4 third-quarter run. Other scorers were Kaley Lelauti (seven), Faith Leveck (five) and Asia Thomas and Saniyah Johnson (four each).
LIBERTY HILL 7A 25, SMITH 7A 20: Daniya Brooks and six points, 10 rebounds and two steals to lead the defeated Lady Leopards.
Other contributors for Smith were Yazmin Ortiz Colon and Kelis Turner (one point each), Naomi Sanders and Lauryn Kendrick (two each) and Trinity Hicks (eight points, four steals).
LIVE OAK RIDGE 7A 42, RANCIER 7A 8: Kimora McClure, Alexia Westmoreland and Elianah Eady-Smith each scored 10 points to lead the Lady Lobos to a win in their home finale.
Kafaniah Douglas and Jalon Jones added four points apiece. Dyoneah Owens had two. Joslyn Estell and Jerriah Cambric contributed outstanding defense.
UNION GROVE 7B 33, AUDIE MURPHY 7B 8: Eamley Robinson made a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 15 points to lead the Grizzlies to a victory in their season finale.
Other scorers for Union Grove (6-2) were Mia Smith and Blessing Laye (four points each) and Kailyn Shields, Judy Irizarry, Caitlyn Jones, Emilee Wolf and Sakoya Lopez (two each).
LIBERTY HILL 7B 28, SMITH 7B 9: Maria Brummett had five points, three steals and two rebounds to lead the defeated Lady Leopards.
Other contributors for Smith were Kimora Simmons (one point), Alana Rosas (one point, two steals), Kayley Goodman (two points) and Suly Salgado.
LIVE OAK RIDGE 7B 23, RANCIER 7B 11: Brianna Sanders scored 14 points as the Lady Lobos won their home finale.
Other scorers for Live Oak Ridge were Azaria Singleton (six points), Alaelah Prescott (two) and Tenique Williams (one). Alexis Burgress, Micah Brooks, Jaliyah Chapman and Daleah Cross contributed outstanding defense.
GIRLS B-TEAM TOURNEYS
PATTERSON WINS 8B TOURNEY: Myaevia Debose had 11 points, seven rebounds and two steals to help the Lady Cavs top Liberty Hill 41-21 in the championship game of the Killeen ISD B-Team Tournament.
Other contributors for Patterson were Serenity Pasley (nine points, five rebounds and five steals), Alayshia Davis (six points, three assists and three steals), Anniyah Johnson (six points and seven steals), Sarai Mizzell (three points), Joy Davis (two points, two steals), Courtney Geisleman (two points), Jade Farmer (one point, two steals),
Aubryana Watson (one points, two steals).
PATTERSON 8B 38, UNION GROVE 8B 9: Pasley led the Lady Cavs with seven points, four rebounds and two steals.
Other contributors for Patterson were Alayshia Davis (four points, three assists), Debose (four points, two steals), Farmer (four points and two steals), Capreil Joseph (four points and four steals), La’Dajia Willis (two points, five steals), Joy Davis (two points and two steals), Mikaylah Perez, Johnson, Raniyah Larry, Geisleman and Zykirah Thompson (two points each), Rebecca Wright (two steals) and Watson (four rebounds).
LIVE OAK RIDGE 7B 25, PATTERSON 7B 14: Heaven Chappell had six points and four steals to lead the defeated Lady Cavaliers in a second-round loss.
Other contributors for Patterson were Jasmine Martin and Kali Clay (two points each), Irma Perez (four points, three steals) and Octaviya Gannts (two points, four rebounds).
COPPERAS COVE ISD
Copperas Cove Junior High at Lake Belton, Tuesday
LAKE BELTON 8A 31, CCJH 8A 28: Jordan McGhee had 15 points to lead the defeated Lady Pups. She also had five steals. Emma Wasiak added nine steals and five points. Anna Beamesderfer chipped in four points, four steals and six rebounds.
CCJH 8B 29, LAKE BELTON 8B 28: Nia Scott was the top rebounder in the Lady Pups’ win. Melanie Malave scored six points.
LAKE BELTON 7A 25, CCJH 7A 19.
LAKE BELTON 7B 30, CCJH 7B 16.
Boys, At Copperas Cove HS, Feb. 3
S.C. LEE 8A 53, COPPERAS COVE 8A 27: Travis Sander and Dequan Seda each scored 10 points in the Cougars’ victory.
LEE 8B 41, COVE 8B 24: Lanathan Jackson led the Cougars to a win with 21 points.
LEE 7A 44, COVE 7A 26: Dwayne Dwyer and Craig Brown each scored 13 points in the Cougars’ victory.
LEE 7B 45, COVE 7B 12: Henry Sanchez Perez (16 points), Malik Davis (11) and Jacob Frazier (10) each scored double-figures in the Cougars victory.