By Kevin Posival
Harker Heights Herald
The Lady Knights needed to be more patient on offense, but they didn't have to wait long to get the perfect shot opportunities Harker Heights coach Shirretha Nelson talked about between the first and second quarters.
No. 8-ranked Harker Heights shot almost 50 percent from the floor and outscored Shoemaker 40-11 in the second and third quarters, routing the Lady Grey Wolves 73-45 in the District 12-5A opener for both teams.
"We're working on being patient, not taking the first opportunity, and maybe not even the second opportunity, but just waiting and looking for the perfect opportunity," Nelson said. "I feel like we did that a lot better in the second half by far than we did in the first half."
JaQuan Jackson scored 21 of her team-high 24 points in the two periods for Harker Heights (17-0, 1-0). Shanice Davis added 17, and Brianna Freeman scored 11. All but one Lady Knights player chipped in point production.
Kiara Rawls scored 18 of her 29 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Lady Grey Wolves (7-10, 0-1) trim a lead that reached 39 in the third quarter. Cion Hicks chipped in 10 but three other players combined for the team's final six points.
Lady Knights win Granbury tourney - It wasn't an easy game, but Harker Heights found a way to win and keep its perfect start intact. Behind senior guard Shanice Davis, who was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, the Lady Knights held off 4A No. 22 Arlington Seguin 55-53 in Granbury to claim the Van Griffith Kia Tournament title.
"She really came up big," Nelson said of Davis, who scored 14 points in the final. "She played a big game defensively that kept us in the game."
Davis made four of her six free throws in the fourth quarter, while center Eboniey Jeter led Heights (16-0) in the championship game with 18 points. Brianna Golden added 10 points for the Lady Knights, who made 13-of-15 free throws.
In its prior three games in Granbury, the Lady Knights outscored their opponents 193-92.
Salado 49, Gatesville 48, OT - At Gatesville, Alexis Bowman scored three points in the final minute - including a scoop-and-score with 48 seconds left - to cap a late game rally past the host Hornets.
"These guys fight - there is no denying Salado girls basketball has heart," Salado coach Jeanette McKinney said. "They will never say die and they did it tonight."
Pflugerville JV 57, Salado 29 - At Salado, the ultra-talented Lady Panthers' fast-paced attack took them out of their comfort zone as the host Lady Eagles dropped the championship game of the 10th annual Coach Smith Invitational on Saturday.