CHINA SPRING — Gatesville did not score a single point in the third quarter against China Spring Tuesday, and it cost the Hornets the game.
After trailing 21-19 at halftime, Gatesville was outscored 14-0 in the third quarter, but bounced back to post a 21-point fourth quarter.
But by then, the damage was already done.
Justin Massey scored a team-high 10 points, and Jake Young finished with nine points, while De’Quan Cross added seven points and eight rebounds as the Hornets fell to 3-4 overall going into the opening day of the three-day Hamilton tournament. Gatesville opens play Thursday at 2 p.m. against the winner between Clifton and Whitney.
MANOR 70, ELLISON 58: At Manor, the Eagles were outscored 19-10 in the first quarter and never recovered, losing for the second time this season.
Ellison trailed 33-22 at halftime before the Mustangs scored 22 points in the third quarter.
Fred Jackson scored a team-high 13 points, Shaqur Martin added 10 for Ellison in the loss, dropping the Eagles’ record to 6-2.
WACO LIVE OAK 56, No. 18 LOMETA 51: At Gatesville, playing on a neutral court, Lometa let a nine-point advantage with four minutes remaining in the game slip away, and the Hornets fell to 4-4 on the season.
The loss continues a trend for the Hornets, who have lost three times after leading by nine or more points.
Eric Nichols scored a team-high 12 points for Lometa, while teammates Shane Stone and Pedro De Luna added nine and eight points, respectively.
The Hornets return to the court Thursday, playing their opening game of the three-day Lohn tournament against Richland Springs at 2:45 p.m.
No. 24 SALADO 76, MOODY 28: At Moody, once the 24th-ranked Eagles got serious, Moody didn’t have a chance.
Dane Hankamer scored 23 points and Salado (11-3) outscored the Bearcats 61-10 after a first quarter that saw the Eagles trailing by three.
Salado bested Moody 29-5 in the second quarter for a 44-23 halftime lead. The Bearcats were shut out in the final period as Salado tacked on 19 more points.
Kase Spears (14 points) and Kyle Heiner (12) also scored in double figures for Salado, which will face Lampasas for the third time this season on the opening day of the Hamilton tournament. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
Salado won both previous matchups with the Badgers.
LITTLE RIVER-ACADEMY 42, FLORENCE 32: At Florence, Clarissa Carranco scored a team-best 10 points, but the Florence Lady Buffs dropped their District 22-2A opener.
The Lady Buffs made it a game by outscoring the Lady Bees 13-5 in the fourth quarter, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
Michaela Meischen and Shali Simpson added six points apiece in the loss. The Lady visit Salado on Friday.
LAMPASAS 62, BLANCO 30: At Lampasas, freshman Alexis Theus scored 24 points and the Lady Badgers rolled to a home victory.
Caitlyn Shaughnessy added 12 points for Lampasas, and Alexis Lewis had 11.
WACO LIVE OAK 34, LOMETA 33: At Gatesville, Mikhaila Barnett scored 12 points and Jessica Moore added 11 points, but it was not enough for the Lady Hornets to avoid a narrow loss.
Lometa missed seven of its 11 free throws and committed 21 turnovers in the defeat as it fell to 2-9 on the season.
After trailing 25-22 at halftime, the Lady Hornets held Live Oak to just nine second-half points, but produced only four points in the fourth quarter.
Lometa opens play at the Lohn tournament against Richland Springs on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
ROBINSON 83, GATESVILLE 47: At Robinson, the Lady Rockets outscored Gatesville 29-10 in the third quarter and 26-10 in the fourth quarter en route to a one-sided victory.
Gatesville junior Kayla McGiboney scored a team-high 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the loss, while Maddi Sims and Randi Farney scored eight points apiece.