By Alex Byington and Nick Talbot
Killeen Daily Herald
Trailing by seven midway through the fourth quarter of their District 19-3A opener, the Gatesville Hornets needed a spark.
Enter junior guard Danny Byrd, who scored eight of his 14 points in the final frame but fouled out late in the quarter.
The damage was already done, though, and the host Hornets forced overtime, where they scored the first five points and held on for a 56-54 victory over Waco Connally on Friday.
"It was an overall team effort," Gatesville head coach Todd Shelton said. "I know that's kind of cliche, but everybody played well, everybody chipped in."
Tobias Moore, who led Gatesville (17-7, 1-0) with 15 points, hit a pair of free throws early in the extra period before freshman Justin Massey closed it out with his only points of the game at the charity stripe.
Harker Heights 71, Copperas Cove 48 - At Copperas Cove, the Knights continued their scorching success with an even hotter run against the host Bulldawgs, notching a fourth straight win in District 12-5A in the process.
Beginning with a three-point play by Cameron Delaney, Heights had three 3-pointers in the first quarter while senior post Trumell McCrimmon scored six of his 11 points, and the Knights led 22-5 after the opening frame.
Finishing with five of Heights' eight 3-pointers, senior C.J. Rodriguez led with 21 points, while Cove freshman Rashard Odomes scored 20 of his 21 points in the second half.
4A No. 22 Waco University 68, Killeen 55 - At Killeen, University showed its experience from the tip, jumping ahead 22-9 after the first quarter to send the host Roos to their first district loss since 2009.
The No. 22-ranked Trojans (19-6, 1-0) had four players in double figures, including a game-high 20 from Ray Washington, while Killeen struggled to get much production from its seniors. Sophomore wing Brian Long led with 19 points and freshman Demarius Cress had 14.
Florence 47, Cameron 46 - At Florence, the Buffaloes didn't score for the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and were blown out 17-4 in the first quarter. But outside of that, they dominated Cameron Yoe, outscoring them 43-24.
Trey Jett and Lupe Acevedo led the Buffaloes (12-10, 2-3 27-2A) with 13 points each. Florence's biggest push was in the second quarter, when they outscored the Yoemen 23-9.
Salado 70, Llano 41 - At Salado, Koby Spears scored 22 points and was one of seven players to score at least five points in the Eagles' District 25-3A-opening win.
Brandon Womac scored nine for Salado (15-9, 1-0 25-3A) and Jada Kornegay and Dane Hankamer each added seven. The Eagles host No. 12 Liberty Hill on Tuesday.
Lometa 28, Menard 27 - At Lometa, Hector Rivera hit a 3-pointer in the corner with less than five seconds remaining to lift the Hornets to a win over Menard to take over first place in District 28-1A Division II at 4-1.
Dylan Straley led Lometa with 11 points.
Killeen 72, Waco University 42 - At Waco, missing a couple of key cogs didn't seem to affect the Lady Roos, who jumped on host University 18-7 after the first quarter and never looked back thanks to four players in double figures.
Esha Atkins led all scorers with 17 points, followed by 16 from Jasmine Goodwine and 13 apiece from Tiare Dugger and Raven Ringo.
No. 23 A&M Consolidated 60, Belton 29 - At Belton, A&M Consolidated hit 10 3-pointers as it routed host Belton. Blair Schaefer led Consol with five 3-pointers and 15 points, while Brianna Ragland and Kennedy Fowler led Belton (7-18, 1-6 12-5A) with six points each.
Salado 65, Llano 13 - At Salado, the Lady Eagles' defense is ready for District 25-3A favorites Liberty Hill and Burnet next week.
Salado (11-10, 3-0) held Llano to six points in the first half and Carling Urben and Meredith Ward scored 22 and 20 points, respectively, giving the Lady Eagles huge confidence going into the hardest part of their district schedule. Salado hosts No. 9 Liberty Hill on Tuesday and plays at Burnet on Friday.
Burnet 60, Lampasas 43 - At Burnet, the Lady Badgers were outscored 23-5 in the first quarter and never recovered against the Lady Dawgs.
Megan Mason led Lampasas (8-15, 0-3 25-3A) with 14 points and Juls Crook hit two 3s and added eight points for the Lady Badgers, who play at Llano on Tuesday.
Leah Cotton and Kati Maldonado each scored 17 to lead Burnet.
Gatesville 60, Waco Connally 51 - At Gatesville, Kaitlin Poe led four Hornets players in double figures and Gatesville won its first District 19-3A game this season at home.
Poe hit three 3-pointers and scored 17 points to lead the Hornets (12-10, 1-2). Skye Truss scored 14, Daija Ward added 12 and Glynna Johnson had 11 for Gatesville, which plays at Waco La Vega on Tuesday.