By Kevin Posival
Killeen Daily Herald
The Lady Grey Wolves' locker room was quiet when Shoemaker coach Shauna Showers walked in.
"Kids, you just beat A&M (Consolidated), can you cheer or something?" she asked.
While no one was looking, the Lady Grey Wolves upset Consolidated 52-42 on Tuesday night for their second straight District 12-5A win. Shoemaker, winless in district last season, is now tied for fourth in the district with Consolidated and Harker Heights. Copperas Cove, Temple and No. 21 Ellison are all tied for first.
"That was wow," Showers said. "I know we won, but it's like, even when we beat Belton it was still, I don't know. I know we can do it, but when it happens, we just haven't experienced that in a while."
Shoemaker (10-13, 2-2 12-5A) outscored Consolidated 17-5 in the final 4½ minutes of the third and never let the Lady Tigers (16-7, 2-2) get any closer than six the rest of the way.
"I think that we stayed focused. We came out strong, we had no doubts in our head," said Shoemaker's Cion Hicks, who finished with 12 points. "We said we're going to do what we need to do defensively, we've stayed hard in practice, we've played hard."
Kiara Rawls scored a game-high 21 points and Lafaydra Collins grabbed 13 rebounds to go along with nine points for Shoemaker, which won its third straight game dating to back-to-back wins to close the McDonald's Invitational Tournament last week in Bryan-College Station.
"To me, their mindset has changed since we played in that tournament," Showers said. "They play like they believe in each other ... I think the confidence they are getting in themselves and the confidence they are getting in the team and then just realizing that they can compete with anybody."
Shoemaker turned the ball over five times early in the fourth quarter, helping the Lady Tigers' 11-5 run in the first four minutes of the period. But Shoemaker hit 7-of-8 from the free throw line in the final 3:18 to secure its first win over Consolidated in school history.
"If we didn't do everything right (in the final five minutes), things would start falling apart," Hicks said of the fourth. "We just needed to keep it together, keep our composure, hold the ball, do what we need to do so that they wouldn't get easy shots."
Having watched the Lady Tigers in the same tournament, the Lady Grey Wolves knew Blair Schaefer was an ace behind the 3-point line and Taylor Tucker was a force in the paint. Schaefer, though, hit just three 3-pointers and Tucker had 12 rebounds and didn't score in the third quarter on Tuesday night.
Taylor Tucker and Tierra Tucker each had 13 for the Lady Tigers and Schaefer added 11 for the Lady Tigers.
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