By Alex Byington and Kevin Posival
Harker Heights Herald
KILLEEN - The Lady Grey Wolves took away the paint, so JaQuan Jackson took the long-shot points.
Hitting six of Harker Heights' 10 3-pointers, Jackson scored 20 points to lead the eighth-ranked Lady Knights to their 28th straight win, 71-49 at Shoemaker, to start the second half of District 12-5A play.
Harker Heights (28-0, 8-0 12-5A) hit 7 of 8 first-half 3s in the second quarter to stretch a one-point lead to 21 at halftime.
"(Perimeter shooting) is a huge part of our offense," Harker Heights coach Shirretha Nelson said. "We have really good guards, really consistent, and it helps our offense quite a bit."
Kiara Rawls led Shoemaker (13-15, 2-6) with 24 points and Cion Hicks added nine, but the Lady Grey Wolves couldn't overcome Heights' 28-8 scoring advantage in the second quarter.
"They beat us 34-33 in the second half," Shoemaker coach Shauna Showers said. "So we're going to focus on the second half. That shows how we can play if we put our minds to it and we're capable of playing with anybody."
Brianna Freeman scored 14 points and Brianna Golden and Alexus Dukes each scored 10 for Harker Heights.
Harker Heights 66, Copperas Cove 26 - At Harker Heights, the eighth-ranked Harker Heights Lady Knights blasted visiting Copperas Cove 66-26 to close out the first half of District 12-5A still unscathed Jan. 13.
"I feel like we're on a whole different level (than our competition)," Jackson said. "We're keeping our game up, we're not stopping, (and) we're not settling for less."
It was another complete game from the Lady Knights as four players hit double figures in scoring, led by a pair of double-doubles from Jeter (17 points and 12 rebounds) and junior 6-footer Brianna Freeman (12 points, 12 boards). Jackson chipped in 12 points and four assists to go with two blocks and two steals, while senior Brianna Golden added 10 points.
The offensive focus paid off as Heights outrebounded Cove 41-24 overall with 25 boards coming on the offensive end as the Lady Knights attempted 28 more shots than their opponents (69-to-41). Also helping matters was a poor shooting effort from the Lady Dawgs, who finished just 10-of-41 from the floor.
Leading 14-2 after the opening quarter, with Cove missing its first nine field goal attempts, the Lady Knights followed a jumper from Sarai Rodriguez - the Lady Dawgs' first made-basket - with a quick inlet pass from Brianna Golden to Jeter with six minutes left in the first half. Then Jackson's defensive prowess began to take over.
After blocking a shot at the top of the key, Jackson raced down the court as senior guard Shanice Davis gathered the loose ball and quickly fed the speedy junior for a fastbreak layup and an 18-4 lead with 5:43 to play.
Struggling from deep, missing her first four 3-point attempts, Jackson struck an early gut-punch to the Lady Dawgs when she nailed a trey from the left corner with 27 seconds left to play in the first half.
Of course, Jackson wasn't finished. She immediately stole Cove's ensuing inbounds pass under the basket, feeding a charging Alexus Dukes for a layup 10 seconds later, and then did it once more for good measure, this time taking it herself and drawing the foul, draining a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left to make it 34-10 at halftime.