By Alex Byington and Kevin Posival
Killeen Daily Herald
AUSTIN - The No. 13 Harker Heights Knights jumped ahead early against defending state semifinalist San Antonio Wagner at Concordia University and held on late for a 69-61 win thanks to their senior "big" men.
Led with 26 points from 6-foot-1 post Brandon Bullock, and 17 points and a near-school record 19 rebounds from 6-foot-5 wing Royce O'Neale, Heights (12-2) closed out the final 6 1/2 minutes of the first quarter on a 16-4 run to lead 21-9 after the opening period.
Junior point guard Thomas Cherry had to be carried off the court midway through the second quarter.
"It's like I've been telling all the folks that have been calling and inquiring about Royce, I'm playing him in the 1 through 5 (positions), ... and Royce has always been that type of player, so we know he can do that type of stuff," Heights coach Celneque Bobbitt said. " ... But I'm going to send him home with homework to watch some Magic Johnson on YouTube, because he's going to have to (handle the point) if we can't get Cherry back."
Lampasas 51, Cross Plains 34 - At Lampasas, Secody Howard led a balanced Badgers scoring attack with 12 points in a victory.
Gabe Myles added 11 points for Lampasas (9-8), Lazurus Salazar had 10 and Brandon Scott scored nine.
The Badgers return to action Dec. 29 in the Cameron Tournament, where they will take on Lexington at 10 a.m.
Round Rock Cedar Ridge 73, Florence 40 - At Round Rock, Daniel Taylor scored 19 points, but could not make his Buffaloes competitive against the hosting Warriors.
Cedar Ridge was up 20-7 after the first quarter and 40-13 at the half.
West 76, Gatesville 75 - At Gatesville, Danny Byrd led the Hornets with 19 points, but it wasn't enough as West converted a pair of free throws in the final seconds to pull out the victory on the road.
The Hornets (7-10) return to action Monday at Hillsboro (2:30 p.m.) before hosting the Gatesville Holiday Tournament on Dec. 27-28.
Salado 62, Jarrell 52 - At Salado, Jacob Heiner hit four three-pointers, scored a game-high 18 points, but going 6-for-6 at the free throw line gave the Eagles their second straight win over a former district opponent.
Koby Spears scored 14 and Colton Meiman added 10 for the Eagles (10-2), who took the lead in the first quarter and was only seriously threatened in the fourth.
A&M Consolidated 59, No. 17 Ellison 50 - At College Station, the Lady Tigers hit 32 of their 40 free throws to give Consolidated (12-5, 2-1 12-5A) the upset win over Ellison.
Ocleta Young scored 11, Deja Pointer scored 10 and Toi Taylor and Jalissa Williams each added 10, but Pointer, Williams and Alayshia Hunter all fouled out for Ellison, which hit just 7-of-17 from the free throw line.
"They made 32 of 59 points from the free throw line, I think that speaks for itself," said Ellison coach Sherry McKinnon. "... The girls played the whole game, to the very end, but it was really tough (with all the fouls)."
Ellison (14-4, 1-1) hosts Copperas Cove on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Lady Eagles' last game before the Christmas break.
Tellico Plains (Ky.) 71, Lampasas 52 - At Orlando, Fla., Taylor Brooks led Lampasas with 11 points, while Julie Mize and Amanda Moreno each added 10 points, but it wasn't enough as the Lady Badgers dropped their second game at the KSA Events Classic at the Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.
Lampasas played its opener Thursday against Halifax Grammer (Can.), losing 37-28 with Megan Mason leading the way with 11 points. The Lady Badgers are scheduled to finish tournament play at 11:45 this morning against Monticello (Ky.).
Gatesville 41, West 21 - At Gatesville, Skye Truss scored 18 points and the Hornets cruised past the Lady Trojans. Kaitlin Poe made two 3-pointers and added eight points for Gatesville (8-7), which led 34-13 after three quarters.
Lexington 30, Florence 24 - At Lexington, Angel Parks scored 11 points and the Lady Eagles (1-1 27-2A) won a defensive struggle.
Kasey Button led the Lady Buffs (8-9, 0-2) with eight points. Samantha Miller added seven.
Bryan 49, Shoemaker 42 - At Bryan, the Lady Grey Wolves again struggled the first half and rallied in the second half, but were doomed at the free throw line, where they hit just 1-of-19.
Tearra Roberson scored 11 and Kiara Rawls hit two three-pointers and scored 10 points, but Shoemaker (6-11, 0-2 12-5A) trailed 15-7 after the first quarter and 28-13 at halftime.
Shoemaker rallied in the second half, outscoring the Lady Vikings (6-11, 1-2) 29-21 in the final two quarters, but couldn't complete the rally because of their free throw woes. Bryan hit 17-of-27 from the line. Shoemaker plays at Belton on Tuesday morning at 11:30.
Killeen 45, Robinson 39 - At Robinson, Jasmine Goodwine scored a game-high 18 points, helping the Lady Roos overcome a 12-4 first-quarter deficit to win their fourth straight game going into the Christmas break.
Imari Simpson scored seven and Esha Atkins and Mariah Shaw each added six for the Lady Roos (11-6) who don't play again until their first game of the Bush's Chicken Holiday Classic against Ellison on Dec. 28.
Killeen trailed 18-15 at halftime, but outscored the Rockettes 30-21 in the second half.