The Waco Midway Lady Panthers came into the Killeen High gym with their best player limited to coming off the bench on Friday.
But the Killeen Lady Roos weren’t in the mood to go easy on them, despite the district game being this close to the holiday break.
Raven Ringo scored a team-high 11 points while Jacen Moore and Tia Harston added nine apiece to help the Lady Roos cruise to a 53-30 win.
“We just wanted to be aggressive and play hard,” Ringo said. “We didn’t want to sag off or anything.”
The win comes right before Killeen (10-8, 3-1 District 8-5A) takes the mandated five-day break during the holidays.
Midway junior post Shacoree Henderson was limited to coming off the bench due to an ACL injury and the Lady Roos took advantage of her limited play.
Killeen had a five-point lead heading into the second quarter then took control of the paint and ultimately the game.
“They had a little bit more confidence taking it to the basket and finishing,” Killeen coach Latisha Williams said. “That was definitely a big thing. In the first quarter we were taking shots, but we were missing a lot.”
Killeen outscored Midway (8-9, 1-3) 12-4 in the paint and held a 11-1 rebounding edge in the quarter.
The Lady Roos’ full court defense also came through forcing 15 turnovers and holding Midway to 28 percent (11 of 38) shooting on the night. Midway did not score more than nine points in any quarter.
“We went to our full-court press and that allowed us to get buckets and get more intense,” Ringo said. “Defense helped us get more intense and get the lead up.”
Midway took its second lead of the game at 5-4 halfway through the first before Ringo hit a 3-pointer to spark a 6-0 Killeen run to end the quarter.
Lady Roos sophomore guard Carmen Williams came off the bench in the second and provided the team with a spark by scor-
ing six of her eight points in the second quarter. Her final drive of the first half was good for two points and gave Killeen a 26-11 lead 1:24 before halftime.
“She did a very good job, I think everyone was pretty impressed with her today,” the coach said about the guard.
Midway put together a 9-0 run that cut Killeen’s lead to 33-22 midway through the third quarter, but senior post Ceida Williams got a layup off a full-court press break that sparked an 11-0 run to end the third quarter.
Killeen took a 22-point lead into the third quarter and Midway never cut the lead to less than 21 points.
The Lady Roos also enjoyed balanced scoring as seven different players scored at least four points.
“We played as a team today,” Moore said. “Everyone touched the ball and everyone had their scoring opportunities. We came ready to play.”
The Lady Roos return to action on Friday when they open play at the Bastrop Holiday Tournament. Killeen gets back into district play on Jan. 2 at Belton.
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