By Alex Byington
Killeen Daily Herald
HARKER HEIGHTS – Shooting 7-of-12 from three-point range, Houston Westbury Christian rolled over host Harker Heights 57-42 on the first day of the Killeen ISD Classic pool play Thursday at Harker Heights High School.
Westbury, the top-ranked team out of TAPPS 4A and the defending state champions, was coming off its first loss of the season Monday to Houston Bellaire when it shot a season-low 25-percent from three-point range.
Exploding out of the gate on the wings of five three-pointers, the Wildcats (9-1) didn't have any problem shooting the ball, leading 10-0 through the first five minutes of play and 20-9 at the end of the first quarter.
"I don't know what happened," said Heights coach Celneque Bobbitt. "... To come out here and just stink it up, I don't know."
While everything seemed to drop for Westbury, the Knights (3-2) struggled from outside the arch, shooting a season-low 4-of-19 from three-point range.
"We couldn't hit the broad end of a barnyard," Bobbitt said. "Credit them, they did a good job trying to play, but heck, we got wide open looks. ... But just plain and simple, we didn't shoot the ball well tonight."
Westbury had four players with at least eight points, led with 10 points from Anthony Broncato and Anthony Collins along with nine points on three 3-pointers from Justin Forman. While the outside game was on, the Wildcats couldn't do much inside the paint, as 6-foot-8 product Nick Shephard – who committed to Long Beach State – struggled against the Knights' post duo of Brandon Bullock and Micha Rainey,
On a night when the offense was stagnant at times, Bullock was the lone Heights player in double figures with 11 points and five rebounds.
"We're just working on jelling all the way," Bobbitt said. "You have your peaks and valleys and that's what December's about. You're up and down that hill."
Beaumont Ozen girls 52, Harker Heights 37 – The host Lady Knights dropped their first game in more than a week in the girls division of the KISD Classic.
Fresh off a rousing 56-51 victory over cross-town rival Killeen on Tuesday, Heights couldn't carry over any momentum as the Lady Knights struggled early, falling behind 20-8 after the opening quarter.
Despite the early disadvantage, Heights rallied to make it 29-26 with 3:20 left in the third quarter before the Lady Panthers pounced with a 8-0 run. The Lady Knights' Tevin Broussard salvaged the quarter with a bucket with two seconds left that brought Ozen's lead to 37-28 at the end of three quarters.
From there, the Lady Panthers stretched their lead to a game-high 15 points midway through the fourth quarter as they answered every Heights basket the rest of the way.
The Lady Knights (3-4) were led offensively with 10 points by Shaniqua Thomas while Bianca Patterson and Broussard added six and five points, respectively.
Ozen had a balanced offensive effort with five of the team's six scorers had at least seven points with Kayle Celestain leading the way with 14 points, followed closely by Asia Booker, Bealoved Brown and Ashton Massey with 10, nine, and nine points, respectively.
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