The last time Shoemaker took the floor for a district game, the Lady Grey Wolves saw their momentum come to a screeching halt with a 16-point road loss to the No. 11 Waco Midway Pantherettes. 

So head coach Michelle O’Neal and the Lady Grey Wolves were more than happy to resume district play on a positive note Tuesday, claiming a 48-28 victory against Harker Heights at Shoemaker High School.

“It feels a lot better now,” O’Neal said.

Shoemaker (13-7, 3-1 12-6A) went up 19-8 after the first quarter then really busted the game open in the second, allowing just two points in the quarter. Shoemaker led 31-10 at halftime.

Junior Makayla Gatewood made up for lost time, returning to the court to score a game-high 14 points while affecting the game on both ends of the floor, O’Neal said.

“She was real big,” O’Neal said. “With her being out last week with her wisdom teeth getting taken out she was real big.”

Now, sitting a half-game out of first place, the Lady Grey Wolves head into a bye before two big games against Copperas Cove and No. 14 Killeen next week.

And O’Neal and her team couldn’t be happier with the fast start, as they’ve earned a leg up in the tough District 12-6A.

“We’re happy about it,” O’Neal said. “We’re sitting pretty.”

BOYS

NO. 22 LOMETA 61, IREDELL 37: At Lometa, Ivan Jasso scored 24 points, and Adrian Rivera added 20 as the Hornets won their final game before opening district play Friday at rival Evant.

Rivera and Kyle Molter (six points) each reached double figures in rebounds for Lometa (14-3).

“We did a good job, particularly early in the game, of getting the ball inside,” Lometa coach Aaron Nuckles said. “(Rivera) scored on a lot of offensive putbacks.

“Our bigs played really well tonight.”

Jasso scored 15 of his points in the second half, mainly by attacking the rim.

Adrian Benitez led the Dragons with 11 points.

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