C.J. Giddens scored 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds as the Florence boys basketball team bounced back from its first loss of the season, edging Granger 50-48 on Tuesday in overtime at Granger.

Martin Quenga added eight points for Florence (7-1), which lost to Calvert 62-53 Saturday in the championship game of the Holland Classic.

Matthew Edgar had seven points and 12 rebounds for the Buffaloes, who open play in their own tournament Thursday at 6:30 p.m. against Thrall.

Florence blew an eight-point halftime lead in the third quarter and the two teams traded baskets for most of the fourth quarter and overtime.

19-4A GIRLS

SALADO GIRLS ROUND LLANO 53-35 IN DISTRICT OPENER: Kayla Manning led a balanced Salado scoring attack with nine points and the Lady Eagles won their district opener against Llano 53-35 on Tuesday in Salado.

Salado (6-6, 1-0 19-4A) outscored the Lady Jackets in every quarter.

Kerrigan Hearne added eight points for Salado. Sarah Kate Kelarek and Katelyn Seymour each had seven.

Llano failed to capitalize on 35 fouls whistled on Salado, going 19-of-42 at the free-throw line.

Salado steps out of district on Friday for a road game at Thorndale.

TAYLOR 50, LAMPASAS 38: At Taylor, Alexis Theus scored a team-high 11 points, while teammate Diane Hurst added 10, but it was not enough to keep the Lady Badgers from losing their District 19-4A opener.

Senior guard Sarah Crawford added six points, and post Presli Procter scored four points to compliment Lampasas’ double-digit scorers.

The Lady Badgers (6-10) are off until Tuesday, when they will look to rebound against visiting Salado.

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