Xavier Nix scored a career-high 23 points and the Lampasas Badgers finished the game on a 32-10 run to rout Taylor 75-56 at home Friday and clinch the No. 3 seed in the playoffs.
The Badgers (23-9, 7-4A 19-4A) trailed by as much as nine on three different occasions as the Ducks (2-9 19-4A) took a 46-43 lead entering the final period.
“Our style began to wear on them,” said Lampasas coach Aaron Nuckles, who has the Badgers in the postseason in his debut season at his alma mater. “We cut it to three, and then in the fourth we just wore them down.”
Kyle Sims added 20 points and seven rebounds for Lampasas, which will face District 20-4A’s No. 2 seed — Navasota or Giddings — in the first round of the playoffs.
Nix grabbed 12 boards.
BELTON 81, COPPERAS COVE 73: Kiron Griffin scored 30 points, and Dontori Lott added 18 as the Tigers edged closer to a playoff berth.
The Tigers (7-6 District 8-6A) are in a three-way tie with Harker Heights and Shoemaker for third place and the final two playoff spots. Belton is hosting Heights in Tuesday's season finale, meaning the winner will clinch one of the playoff tickets. The loser will need help, including a Shoemaker loss, to get into a fourth-place tiebreaker.
Shoemaker, an 85-61 winner over San Angelo Central in their home finale, can clinch a playoff spot with a win at Killeen (6-7), which also has an outside chance at the fourth-place tiebreaker.
Ellison soccer boys blank Killeen 4-0
After a quiet first half, four different Ellison players scored in the second and the Eagles shut out Killeen 4-0 at home on Friday.
Ethan Buchanan opened the scoring with 28:18 left in the game, assisted by Raffael Ross.
Justin Rolle converted a penalty kick at 15:11, and two minutes later, Maurice Williams made it 3-0 with an unassisted score.
Frank Chiribel capped the scoring with 4:45 remaining, assisted by Max Apollo.
Ellison improved to 4-8-1 overall, and 2-3-1 in District 8-6A. Killeen fell to 0-6 in league play.
HARKER HEIGHTS BOYS 3, COPPERAS COVE 0: Abdullah Irfan, Andre Rich and Jaime Vargas each scored as the Knights won at Bulldawg Stadium.
Samad Qurashi assisted on Rich's score. The Knights (2-3-1) remained in a tie for fifth with Ellison and will play Shoemaker on Tuesday. The Wolves edged Midway 3-2 to move into a second-place tie with Belton as the midway point of the 8-6A season nears.
COPPERAS COVE GIRLS 2, HARKER HEIGHTS 0: Haven Stevenson and Adora Lumpkin scored in the Lady Dawgs' road win.
Nicole Evans and Mariah Ruiz were credited with assits. K.K. Lamkin earned the clean sheet in goal.
ELLISON GIRLS 2, KILLEEN 0: Keegan Stewart scored in the first half, and Daniela Barrantes scored in the second in the Lady Eagles' road victory.
- Belton 81, Copperas Cove 73
- Ellison 64, Waco Midway 62
- Harker Heights 71, Killeen 59
- Shoemaker 85, San Angelo Central 61
- China Spring 60, Gatesville 47
- Lampasas 75, Taylor 56
- Salado 64, Llano 43
- Ellison 4, Killeen 0
- Harker Heights 3, Copperas Cove 0
- San Angelo Central 1, Belton 0
- Shoemaker 3, Waco Midway 2
- Florence 2, Cameron Yoe 0, 2OT
- Salado 2, Jarrell 0
- Copperas Cove 2, Harker Heights 0
- Ellison 2, Killeen 0
- San Angelo Central 2, Belton 0
- Waco Midway 11, Shoemaker 0
- Robinson 2, Gatesville 1, OT
- Cameron Yoe 3, Florence 2
- Salado 7, Jarrell 0
- Lampasas 3, Taylor 3, tie