Allaira Jones scored 16 points, Maci Matthews added 13 and the Gatesville Hornets clinched a playoff berth with a 53-27 win at Hillsboro on Tuesday.
The Hornets improved to 8-3 in District 17-4A. Hillsboro fell to 1-9.
T’ana Nolte scored 10 points for Gatesville. Marlee Ward finished with eight and had the odd distinction of committing the Hornets' only foul.
Hillsboro trailed 29-5 at halftime after the Lady Eagles were outscored 14-1 in the second quarter.
The Hornets trail 17-4A co-leaders Lorena and China Spring by a half game and finish their regular season Friday at No. 21 Lorena.
NO. 23 WACO MIDWAY BOYS 58, BELTON 39: The District 8-6A-leading Panthers' justified their new TABC state ranking with an impressive win over the surging Tigers in Waco.
Midway (9-1 8-6A) snapped Belton's four-game winning streak and dropped the Tigers (16-13, 5-5) from a third-place tie into a tie for fourth with Killeen.
Jarian Kerley led Belton with 15 points. Dontori Lott added 10.
KILLEEN BOYS 65, SAN ANGELO CENTRAL 63: At San Angelo, Montego Muckelvaney scored the game's final five points and the Roos rallied from a 10-point deficit with a stunning victory.
Moments after Muckelvaney tied the game at 63 with a 3-pointer, the Bobcats were trying to inbound the ball under their own basket with 10.3 seconds remaining. The errant pass was deflected and the Roos' Cortez Ivie corralled it near the top of the key and dribbled the other way. The junior guard drove to the left side of the lane. As the Bobcat defense converged, Ivie spotted Muckelvaney sprinting free down the other side of the lane and delivered a perfect pass that Muckelvaney easily converted for the Roos' first lead.
Central (9-19, 2-8 8-6A), which had won its last two home games on a free throw with no time remaining and a buzzer-beating 3, couldn't conjure any more late magic as a heave from three-quarters court was way off target at the buzzer.
The Bobcats led 61-51 with 4 minutes remaining.
Ivie led Killeen with 19 points. Muckelvaney added 17.
Win the win, the Roos (11-15, 5-5) climbed into a fourth-place tie with Belton.
LEANDER GLENN 48, LAMPASAS 45: At Lampasas, Kyle Sims and Austin Martin each scored 13 points, but the Badgers couldn't quite recover from a slow start and lost to the Grizzlies.
Phillip Blackstock and Xavier Nix each had seven points for the Badgers, who fell into fourth place, a half game behind Glenn.
Lampasas (20-9, 4-4 19-4A) leads fifth-place Salado by a game and a half with four nights left in the season. The two teams meet in the season finale on Feb. 13 in Salado.
The Badgers trailed 14-7 after one quarter, and 24-15 at halftime.
ELLISON GIRLS 3, SHOEMAKER 0: Alessia Magee scored twice and the Lady Eagles earned their first District 8-6A victory.
Crystal Rodriguez capped the win by scoring on a header off a corner kick from Daniela Barrantes.
Emily Lopez assisted Magee's opening goal, which was the first for Ellison (1-2 8-6A) in league play.
Tuesday’s Boys Basketball
- Ellison 76, Harker Heights 67
- Killeen 65, San Angelo Central 63
- Shoemaker 66, Copperas Cove 59, 2OT
- Waco Midway 58, Belton 39
- Hillsboro 53, Gatesville 43
- Leander Glenn 48, Lampasas 45
- Liberty Hill 81, Salado 37
Tuesday’s Girls Basketball
- Copperas Cove 65, Shoemaker 50
- Ellison 53, Harker Heights 37
- Killeen 39, San Angelo Central 19
- Waco Midway 50, Belton 46
- Gatesville 53, Hillsboro 27
- Lampasas 44, Leander Glenn 33
- Liberty Hill 71, Salado 18
Tuesday's Boys Soccer
- Belton 6, Killeen 0
- San Angelo Central 10, Copperas Cove 0
Tuesday's Girls Soccer
- Gatesville 1, Florence 0
- Georgetown Gateway 5, Lampasas 0
- Belton 3, Killeen 0
- Ellison 3, Shoemaker 0
- San Angelo Central 5, Copperas Cove 0
- Waco Midway 6, Harker Heights 1