GATESVILLE — It was simply his turn.

Gatesville senior Kennon Moore took just one shot in the first half against West, but in the third quarter, the forward made up for lost time, connecting on all five of his field-goal attempts as the Hornets cruised to a 63-33 victory.

Following the win, Moore shrugged off the 11-point outburst.

“Everybody was just giving me the ball,” he said, “and I was just working to get us points.”

Moore finished with a game-high 16 points on a perfect 6-of-6 shooting to go with four blocks, three rebounds and two steals, but he was not the only Hornet excelling as seven players tallied at least six points for Gatesville in the win.

And it will take similarly balanced performances to be successful moving forward, according to Hornets head coach Thomas Winkler.

“That’s what we are always looking for,” he said. “We wanted to go to work inside against West early because we felt we had an advantage, and then, that opened it up for the guards outside.”

With post Wacey Bowland and guard Alex Mata tallying four points apiece in the opening quarter, Gatesville constructed a narrow 13-11 lead before the Trojans tied the score moments into the second quarter.

The Hornets controlled the duration of the contest, though.

Gatesville closed the half with a 21-4 run as junior guard Brandon Hill scored all eight of his points in the second period.

Then, West (2-7) pulled within 17 points, 42-25, after halftime, but its attempt at a rally ended there.

With Moore leading the charge, the Hornets scored 18 of the game’s next 22 points in a run spanning into the fourth quarter and were never threatened en route to bouncing back from a 1-3 showing at last week’s Glen Rose Invitational.

“It feels good to get back to winning again,” Winkler said. “We struggled over the weekend, but we were much more consistent today.”

Mata and Tyler Lewis complemented Moore’s outing by scoring nine points apiece, while Bowland finished with seven points and seven rebounds, and teammate Josh Carroll ended the game with six points, six assists and three rebounds.

Gatesville (9-6) travels to Brownwood on Friday before opening its District 17-4A schedule Tuesday at Waco La Vega.

Although the Hornets have not reached the postseason since 2013, Winkler believes his team is poised to potentially end the streak.

“I feel pretty good with where we are at,” he said. “Obviously, there are some little things we still need to fix, but I think when we are playing well, we’re a pretty tough group.

“We just have to be consistent in everything we do.”

Contact Clay Whittington at clayw@kdhnews.com

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