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Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2013 4:30 am

KYLE — Harker Heights upped its season record to 9-1 with three consecutive wins in the Buda Hays Tournament.

On Thursday, the Knights defeated Buda Hays 62-58.

Friday afternoon, Heights demolished Austin Lanier 58-28, led by Cameron DeLaney’s 15 points and Cody Halvorson’s 13.

Also for the Knights, Dominique Cook, Deangelo Streeter and C.J. Bobbitt scored six points apiece.

Friday night, the Knights defeated Round Rock McNeil 69-54. Halvorson and DeLaney each scored 16 points, Bobbitt 11, Josh DeLaney eight, and Davon Clare had six.

“Our guys came out and played some excellent basketball tonight against McNeil,” said Knights head coach Celneque Bobbitt.

“We outrebounded them by 11. We outscored them 24-13 in the first quarter. Halvorson set the tone for us early. This was sweet revenge for us because McNeil has knocked us out of this tournament in the last two years.”

The Knights face Leander at 3 p.m. today in the tournament’s championship game.

SALADO 60, GATESVILLE 47: At Hamilton, Kase Spears scored a team-high 16 points and Salado upped its season record to 13-3 with a win in the Hamilton Tournament.

Salado will play for the tournament championship today.

Also for Salado, Kyle Heiner scored 12 points, Dane Hankamer 11, Preston Rosebrock seven, Tyler Ramthun six, Kole Hearne six and Chris Deal two.

Seth Martin led Gatesville with 15 points.

LOMETA 48, ROCHELLE 42: Eric Nichols scored 22 points and Lometa defeated Rochelle to advance to the semifinals of the Lohn Tournament.

For Lometa (6-4), Eric Nichols scored 22 points, Ivan Jasso eight, Shane Stone six and Kyle Molter, Kendall Willis, and Justus Alaniz each scored four.

“This was a very, very physical game,” said Lometa head coach Aaron Nuckles. “I thought we handled that aspect real well.

“We didn’t take our first lead until there was three minutes left in the game. We hit 4 of 6 free throws in the final minute which were big for us.”

LAGO VISTA 57, FLORENCE 22: At Florence, the Buffaloes dropped their final pre-district game to Lago Vista.

Florence (4-4) opens District 22-2A play on Tuesday when it hosts Rogers.

GIRLS

ELLISON 47, BELTON 34: At Killeen, Jordanna Porter scored a game-high 12 points to help the Lady Eagles open district play with their second straight win.

Ellison (11-5, 2-0 8-5A) led by eight at halftime and took control of the game by outscoring Belton 14-3 in the third.

Madison Covington added 11 points while Bri’anna Gray also reached double digits with 10 points.

Ellison looks to remain perfect in district play on Tuesday when it visits Harker Heights while Belton (2-9, 0-2) will go for its first district win when it hosts Temple.

SALADO 52, FLORENCE 26: At Salado, Salado took a 28-9 lead at halftime over Florence and never looked back, earning a District 22-2A win.

For Salado (10-4, 1-1), Taryn Kornegay led the way with 16 points, including three treys. Also for Salado, Taylor Atwood scored 12 points, Ashley Adams 10, Peyton Dreitz, Sarah Kate Kelarek and Becca Carroll each scored four and Jaylee Sebek had two.

Shali Simpson led Florence (5-11, 0-2) with 12 points.

“This was a good win for us coming off our (Tuesday) loss to Rogers,” said Salado head coach Diane Konarik. “I told our girls being a champion is about working hard. We played our game. I’m proud of the way we played.”

LAMPASAS 52, AUSTIN HYDE PARK BAPTIST 45: At Austin, Caitlyn Shaughnessy scored a team-high 18 points and received plenty of help from her teammates as the Lady Badgers earned their third road win of the season.

Five other Lampasas players scored at least five points, and the Lady Badgers led at the end of every quarter after the first, improving to 7-6 overall.

Lampasas hosts a traveling team from Australia on Wednesday before the Christmas break, but the Lady Badgers return to the court on Dec. 27 to open play at their home tournament.

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