With four players in double figures, the Ellison Eagles avoided a late-season upset with a 24-11 fourth quarter effort in a 69-57 victory over visiting Belton in the District 12-5A regular season finale Tuesday.
Leading the way for Ellison were a trio of juniors, with 17 points from Jaleel Williams and 12 apiece from Devonte Brown and Doug McDaniel. Belton was led by 18 points from Eric Braeuer and 15 from Sean Voss.
Needing the win to remain in contention for the district's No. 3 seed, Ellison (21-11, 9-5) is now tied with A&M Consolidated (22-12, 9-5) for the final two playoff spots following the Vikings' 58-52 overtime loss at Temple, also Tuesday.
Coaches from both Ellison and A&M meet today to determine whether to flip a coin or use a play-in game to decide the third seed, and thus avoiding District 11-5A champion and No. 8 DeSoto, which will face the No. 4 seed out of District 12-5A. Following a disappointing 71-53 loss at College Station last week, Ellison coach Alberto Jones knows what his players want decide it on the court.
"... I know the kids will probably want to play them again because I think the kids probably feel like they didn't get a fair shake (in College Station)," Jones said Monday.
On Tuesday, Belton (16-15, 4-10) shocked Ellison by taking a quick 22-16 lead after the first quarter before the Eagles righted the ship with a 14-6 second quarter to go into halftime ahead 30-28.
Pflugerville Hendrickson 86, Lampasas 55 At Pflugerville, led by six players in double figures, the Hawks cruised past the Badgers in the regular season finale.
Jalen Harris scored 29 to lead Hendrickson (19-14, 7-3 District 25-4A), which pulled away with a 31-point second quarter and led 54-26 at halftime.
Lampasas' Eduardo Davila led all scorers with 21. The Badgers (8-22) finished 0-10 in 25-4A.
Ellison girls 6, Copperas Cove 4 At Copperas Cove, Jessica Stuckey and Axita Patel both scored their second goals of the game as the Lady Eagles edged the Lady Bulldawgs.
Ellison only led 1-0 at the half thanks to a goal in the 14th minute by Kendall Sifuentes with an assist by Briana Alston.
No one scored again until the 19th minute of the second half when Alston scored on an assist from Patel to make it 2-0 Eagles.
Then the fireworks started.
Cove's Kristen Grant scored to halve the Lady Eagles' lead. Katie Vinchesont answered only two minutes after that. And then it got really crazy.
The Lady Bulldawgs scored in the 31st and 32 minute to tie the game and then took the lead two minutes later.
Patel tied the game before time expired to send it to overtime, where she and Stuckey scored their final goals and put away the Bulldawgs.
Ellison boys 6, Copperas Cove 5, OT At Ellison, A.J. Tello sent a corner kick to Miguel Rameriz and he put it into the back of the net as Ellison (3-7-1, 2-4) defeated Copperas Cove in overtime.
Ellison jumped out to an early lead when Tello found Tarron Burch in the game's third minute and started to pile it on as Jeff Myzscka scored two goals and Ramirez scored his first of the day for a 4-0 Eagle lead.
Miguel Gamez scored on a penalty kick to put Ellison up 5-1 and then Cove made its move, scoring in the 50th, 68th, and 70th minutes to tie the game.
A&M Consolidated girls 3, Harker Heights 1 At Harker Heights, goalkeeper mistakes cost the Knights as they fell to the Tigers and into a fourth place tie with Bryan at 3-3 in district play.
Heights (6-5-2) scored its only goal on a through ball when Leo Garcia connected with Sean Cook.
The goal cut the A&M Consolidated lead in half, but the Tigers added one more goal as time wore down to put away the Knights.
Florence 12, Bartlett 4 At Florence, the Lady Buffs scored six runs in the fourth and won their home opener by eight runs over the Lady Bulldogs.
Jamie Burrow hit a two-run single in the inning and Florence (1-0) strung together six hits and also benefited from a couple of errors.
Madison Odom also had two RBIs for the Lady Buffs and Regan Isbell, Kim Rennie, Reba Randall and Cheyenne Daniels all drive in runs in the blowout win.
Burnet 9, Salado 8, 8 inn. At Burnet, the Lady Bulldogs scored a run in the bottom of the eighth to beat Salado in their season opener.
Salado scored five runs in the seventh inning to take an 8-6 lead, but Burnet answered with two in the bottom of the inning to send the game to extra innings.
Catcher Camryn Bintz (3-for-5) hit a two-run double to start the Lady Eagles' scoring in the seventh. Isabel Beruman also had an RBI double in the seventh. Rachael Piatt hit what would have been a third RBI double in the inning, but was called out when an umpire ruled that Salado's first-base coach had made contact with her while she ran past. The run counted and the Lady Eagles added another run on a passed ball.
Jordan Szadlenak was 3-for-4.
The Lady Eagles return to action Thursday when they host a tournament.