Marie Benson scored 13 points, and JaNaiya Davis added 12 to help 19th-ranked Waco Midway take control in the second half for a 49-43 win at Shoemaker on Tuesday.

Tija Hawkins scored 13 to lead Shoemaker (14-11, 4-5 12-6A), which fell into a tie for fourth with Copperas Cove with three games remaining. Kristen Nelson added 12 points.

Shoemaker led 20-19 at halftime.

“I thought we played hard,” said Shoemaker head coach Michelle O’Neal. “We broke their press several times and put a lot pf pressure on them, but we just made little mistakes at the end that cost us tonight.”

NO. 14 TAYLOR 51, SALADO 43, OT: At Salado, Virginia Kerley scored 17 points and the 14th-ranked Lady Ducks outscored Salado 11-3 in overtime to escape with a road victory.

Kerrigan Hearne led Salado (11-17, 2-4 District 25-4A) with 14 points.

Taylor (20-4, 5-1), outscored 16-2 in the second quarter, rallied from a 21-12 halftime deficit.

CHINA SPRING 51, GATESVILLE 38: At Gatesville, the Lady Cougars jumped out to an 18-6 lead in the first quarter, and the Hornets never recovered, losing their third consecutive game.

After falling into a 12-point hole, Gatesville was outscored 14-6 in the second quarter, and despite producing a better effort in the second half, the Hornets could not close the gap.

Katie Veazey scored a game-high 13 points for Gatesville, while Allaira Jones finished with nine points and 10 rebounds. Rebekah Nolte also scored nine points for the Hornets, who travel to face Lorena on Friday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

LOMETA 94, EVANT 25: Ivan Jasso and Connell Barnett each scored 22 points and the 20th-ranked Hornets cruised to their 20th win of the season.

Adrian Rivera added 19 points for Lometa (20-3, 6-0 25-1A), which held its third straight opponent in the 20s. The Hornets’ average margin of victory in those games is 63.3.

“We executed tonight very well,” said Lometa head coach Aaron Nuckles. “This game is kind of a rivalry between these two schools and Evant brought the intensity early on. We stepped it up tonight.”

GIRLS SOCCER

SALADO 4, GEORGETOWN GATEWAY 1: At Georgetown, Annie Ewton had two goals and an assist to lead the Lady Eagles to a victory in their District 25-4A opener.

Sara Wilkerson and Brileigh Cole also scored for Salado (9-1). China Saxton assisted both Ewton goals. Rebecca Gonzales also had an assist.

“We did not play our best soccer, but it’s always nice to start district with a win,” Salado head coach Michael Goos said.

LITTLE RIVER-ACADEMY 3, LAMPASAS 1: At Little River-Academy, the Lady Badgers fell behind 2-0 early in the match and never recovered as they lost their district opener.

Little River-Academy scored twice in quick succession, but Tatum Morrison put Lampasas on the scoreboard moments later.

In the final 15 minutes of regulation, however, the deficit was pushed to two goals once again, ending the Lady Badgers hopes of rallying.

Lampasas travels to Georgetown Gateway Prep on Friday.

BOYS SOCCER

ELLISON 0, HARKER HEIGHTS 0, tie: At Ellison, defending district champion Harker Heights and Ellison played to a scoreless draw to open district play in 12-6A.

Michael Charlton was in goal for Ellison while Josh Donovan preserved the shutout for Harker Heights.

Ellison resumes league play Friday at Shoemaker while Harker Heights hosts Waco Midway. Both games are at 8 p.m.

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