Four days after knocking off second-place Burnet, the surging Lampasas Badgers handed District 19-4A leader Liberty Hill its first league loss, 60-55 on Tuesday in Lampasas, snapping an 11-game district win streak for the Panthers dating back to last season.
Austin Martin and Xavier Nix each scored 16 points for the Badgers (22-9, 6-4 19-4A), who moved into sole possession of third place when Leander Glenn fell to Burnet 62-50.
The Badgers, who have won five of their last six, can clinch a playoff spot and third place with a win at Taylor on Friday.
"We're starting to get hot at the right time," said Lampasas coach Aaron Nuckles.
Nix added eight rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocks against Liberty Hill, which last lost a district game 364 days ago — against Lampasas. Kyle Sims added 12 points, seven boards and two steals. Martin made three of the Badgers' four 3-pointer.
The Badgers built a 12-point lead in the second quarter only to see the Panthers chop it to 28-24 by halftime. In the second half, Lampasas stretched the lead back to 12 and led by double-digits until late.
Reavis, Heffner score twice, Salado girls win 25-4A opener
Hannah Reavis and Aubrey Heffner each scored a pair of goals and the Salado Lady Eagles won their District 25-4A opener 5-0 against Georgetown Gateway on Tuesday in Salado.
Avery Wilson made three first-half saves in the shutout. Avery Wright stopped one shot in the second half.
Ashlen LaCanne also scored for the Lady Eagles.
Reavis opened the scoring in the 19th minute. She made it 2-0 in the 34th.
Salado led 3-0 at halftime.
ELLISON BOYS 2, HARKER HEIGHTS 2, TIE: Seth Bodolus and George Santos each scored in the final 11:26 and the Knights salvaged a draw with Ellison.
Miguel Primero assisted on both scores.
The Eagles led most of the way after a nifty opening goal by Keondre Taylor 7 minutes in. Justin Rolle sent a header across the goal off Morgan Button's throw-in and Taylor finished.
With 6:53 left in the first half, Ethan Buchanan put the Eagles (3-8-1) up 2-0, assisted by Frank Chiribel.
The draw left both teams tied for fifth with 1-3-1 records in District 8-6A.
Ellison hosts Killeen on Friday. The Knights travel to Copperas Cove.
SHOEMAKER BOYS 3, COPPERAS COVE 2: The Grey Wolves (3-1-1 8-6A) moved into a tie for third-place with Waco Midway with a victory at Bulldawg Stadium.
Kaleb Honts and Ray Berros scored for the Bulldawgs (0-4-1 8-6A).
COPPERAS COVE GIRLS 2, SHOEMAKER 0: At Shoemaker, a crossing pass by the Lady Dawgs' Nicole Evans led to an own-goal by Shoemaker and Cove led the rest of the way.
Adora Lumpkin put the Lady Dawgs up 2-0, assisted by Mariah Ruiz.
- Ellison 65, Belton 61
- Harker Heights 62, Shoemaker 57
- Killeen 61, Copperas Cove 59
- Waco Midway 86, San Angelo Central 76
- Lampasas 60, Liberty Hill 55
- Florence 63, Ingram Moore 57
- Copperas Cove 51, Killeen 48
- Ellison 40, Belton 36
- Harker Heights 55, Shoemaker 52
- Waco Midway 44, San Angelo Central 35
- Liberty Hill 84, Lampasas 13
- Belton 3, Waco Midway 1
- Harker Heights 2, Ellison 2, tie
- San Angelo Central 10, Killeen 0
- Shoemaker 3, Copperas Cove 2
- China Spring 1, Gatesville 0
- Copperas Cove 2, Shoemaker 0
- Harker Heights at Ellison, ppd.
- San Angelo Central 9, Killeen 0
- Waco Midway 3, Belton 1
- China Spring 3, Gatesville 1
- Salado 5, Georgetown Gateway 0