By Mark W. Miller and Angel Verdejo
Killeen Daily Herald
It wasn't an easy game, but Harker Heights found a way to win and keep its perfect start intact.
Behind senior guard Shanice Davis, who was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, the 11th-ranked Lady Knights held off 4A No. 22 Arlington Seguin 55-53 in Granbury to claim the Van Griffith Kia Tournament title.
"She really came up big," Heights coach Shirretha Nelson said of Davis, who scored 14 points in the final. "She played a big game defensively that kept us in the game."
Davis made four of her six free throws in the fourth quarter, while center Eboniey Jeter led Heights (16-0) in the championship game with 18 points. Brianna Golden added 10 points for the Lady Knights, who made 13-of-15 free throws.
Heights is back in action on Tuesday in its District 12-5A opener against Shoemaker.
Killeen 49, Keller Fossil Ridge 32 - At Granbury, Imari Simpson and Jasmine Goodwine scored 15 and 12 points, respectively, to lead the Lady Roos past Fossil Ridge at the Van Griffith Kia Tournament. It was Killeen's (5-10) first win in the tournament after dropping games to Beaumont Central and host Granbury.
Killeen limited Fossil Ridge to single digits in each of the first three quarter, taking a 17-6 lead after one period and going up 39-17 after three. Esha Atkins also reached double digits, scoring 10 points for Killeen, which hosts China Spring at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Rogers 51, Florence 31 - At Jarrell, Paige Williams scored 10 points and the Lady Eagles rolled to a win in the Jarrell Tournament third-place game, which will be replayed Tuesday night as the District 27-2A opener for both teams.
Allison Parish led the Lady Buffs with six points. Nikki Morgan finished with five. Shali Simpson, Reagan Isbell and Rebecca Horton each added four.
Killeen 67, Denton Guyer 65 - At Granbury, Brian Long and Tevin Bartney each scored 19 points as the Runnin' Roos held off the Wildcats for the consolation championship of the Van Griffith Kia Tournament.
Killeen (6-7) trailed by as much as nine in the third quarter, but by aggressively attacking the basket was able to claw its way back at the free-throw line, where the Roos converted 25 of 38 attempts.
"This was actually one of the better games we've played," said Killeen coach Jason Fossett.
Victor Glaze made three 3-pointers and added 16 points for the Roos, who host Georgetown on Monday night at 6:30. Andrew Williams led Guyer with 22 points.
Pflugerville 76, Ellison 55 - At Pflugerville, for the second time this season the Panthers proved unkind hosts, outscoring the Eagles a combined 41-20 in the first and third quarters in the third-place game of their own tournament.
Napoleon Ohyeje and Darius Brooks each had 17 for Pflugerville while T.J. Williams followed with 12. Ellison was led by 15 points and three 3-pointers by Malik Hawkins while fellow junior Ojai Black added 13.
Harker Heights 45, Austin St. Michael's 32 - At Buda, Andre Hughes and Naashon Hughes each scored 10 to lead the Knights over St. Michael's and wrap up the Rebel Classic's Silver Bracket championship.
With the score 16-16 after the first period, Heights (11-4) used a 23-12 run over the second and third quarters to put away the Crusaders.
Cameron Dulaney added eight points in the win, while Thomas Cherry was named to the all-tournament team.
Shoemaker takes fifth in Flower Mound - The Grey Wolves won a pair of games, including 74-66 over host Flower Mound, to take fifth place at the Marauder/Jaguar Classic. Earlier in the day, Shoemaker (10-3) beat Dallas Madison 59-56.
Chris Runnells scored 32 points on the day, including a team-high 19 points against Madison, and was named to the all-tournament team. Renard Thomas led Shoemaker with 17 points against Flower Mound and hit five of the team's 10 3-pointers.
Shoemaker is back in action at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Austin Hyde Park Baptist.
Gatesville 58, Crawford 35 - At Hamilton, the Hornets outscored Crawford 19-8 in the second quarter to pull away, then held the Pirates to just five points in the fourth to claim the Ted Jones Memorial Tournament consolation championship. The win is Gatesville's 10th this season, just one away from the team's total last year.
"Winning helps," said second-year head coach Todd Shelton. "It helps you play with confidence."
Logan Kline led Gatesville (10-4) with 12 points, while Tobias Moore added 10. Marqueese Phillips was named to the all-tournament team.
Troy 44, Florence 42 - At Florence, the Buffs dropped the finale in their own tournament, but won the championship anyway. Florence (9-3) and Lago Vista both finished 3-1 in tournament play, but the Buffs won the head-to-head matchup 49-33 on Friday to gain the edge.
Against Troy, Matthew Mellette led Florence with 15 points, while Trey Jett added 10. The two combined for five 3-pointers.
Mellette, who led Florence in scoring in three of the four games, was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, while Jett, Lupe Acevedo and Ben Futrell were all-tournament picks. The Buffs return to action at home Tuesday against Thrall (6:30 p.m.).
Lometa 43, Cherokee 38 (OT) - At Cherokee, Dylan Straley and Jesus Griffith scored 16 and 10 points, respectively, in leading Lometa on a furious second-half comeback over the host team in the Cherokee Tournament championship. Straley was named to the all-tournament team along with Brandon Lilly, who added five points in the final.
Cherokee led 28-14 at halftime, but Lometa bounced back with a 23-9 second half to force overtime.