By Nick Talbot
Harker Heights Herald
BELTON - For the first three minutes, it didn't look like Belton would even score a basket.
However, Torie Henderson got an easy layup on the way to scoring 11 straight points for the Lady Tigers as they rebounded from an early first quarter deficit to defeat Lampasas 41-35 at Belton.
"It is a learning process all the time," said Belton coach Brenda Gomez. "I guess sometimes you try to make (shots) so bad that you just squeeze it instead of just letting it go. Once (Henderson) finally put us up on the board I think they thought 'Oh, OK we are not going to go oh-fer' and they relaxed a little bit and made some shots."
Henderson started the barrage with a layup, then hit a 3-pointer and another layup as Belton (3-9) rallied from a 7-3 hole to take an 8-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. The senior point guard added an easy runner and two free throws as she kept the Lady Tigers ahead 12-11 going into the final two minutes of the half. Meanwhile, Lampasas post Hailey Morrison was doing her part, scoring six of the first 11 Lady Badger points.
Then something just clicked for Belton defensively.
The Lady Tigers held Lampasas (3-5) without a field goal for a 4½-minute stretch that lasted from the end of the second quarter to the 5:30 mark of the third. The defensive pressure led to easy buckets by Belton. And as a result the Lady Tigers went on a 13-0 run. Kennedy Fowler hit a 3-pointer to push the lead to 30-15. Lampasas never showed the sense of urgency they needed to complete the comeback and Belton's Emily Hugo hit 3-of-4 from the line to finish off the Lady Badgers.
Harker Heights 67, Round Rock 44 (Tuesday) - At Round Rock, five of the six scorers had at least seven points as the Lady Knights improved their best-ever start to 10-0 with a 23-point rout of host Round Rock. Eboniey Jeter led with 14 points while juniors Brianna Freeman and JaQuan Jackson added 12 apiece as Heights jumped ahead with an 18-7 first quarter.
"We played really good in the first quarter, we came out and did what we wanted to do," Lady Knights coach Shirretha Nelson said.
Salado 64, Robinson 61 (Tuesday) - At Salado, the Lady Eagles and Lady Rockets combined for 53 points in the fourth quarter but Salado held on for their second straight win behind stout play in the paint.