By Nick Talbot
Killeen Daily Herald
Shoemaker coach Shauna Showers still wants her team to start better.
But, at the moment at least they are ending on a high note.
The Lady Grey Wolves came back from a six-point first quarter deficit to take the lead midway through the third quarter and defeat Lake Travis 54-46 at Shoemaker on Monday.
Cion Hicks and Kiara Rawls led Shoemaker (5-4) with 14 points each and LaFaydra Collins added eight points.
"Out posts our scoring a lot better and we are getting better with each game," Showers said. "Now, we just have to play good as good at the start as we are at the end."
Bryan Rudder 72, Belton 58 - At Bryan, despite hitting 10 3-pointers, Belton could not over come a poor first quarter against Bryan Rudder.
The Lady Rangers jumped ahead 25-15 in the first quarter and maintained its lead throughout the game.
Meghan Braeuer hit four 3s and Jade Hampton backed in five more of her own, as the Lady Tigers (3-5) held their own against Rudder the last the quarters.
"In the first quarter we could not settle down," said Belton coach Randy Bell. "...We handled the press a whole lot better once we slowed the game down and made a lot of easy shots.
Hampton led Belton with 17 points and Braeuer added 14. Torie Henderson also reached double figures with 10.
Temple 70, Killeen 49 - At Killeen, Esha Atkins scored 14 points and Mariah Shaw scored 12, but the Lady Roos turned the ball over too much and the Tem-Cats dominated the offensive glass, snapping Killeen's two-game winning streak.
Killeen (2-2) turned the ball over 33 times and Temple (6-3) had a 20-11 offensive rebounding advantage and finally pulled away halfway through the third quarter.
Killeen trailed 25-20 at halftime, but opened the third quarter with an 11-2 run to lead 31-27 with 5:33 left in the period. The Lady Roos, however, turned the ball over on their next four possessions and Temple took its last lead on a Ketara Chapel 3-point play.
Marble Falls 52, Lampasas 48 - At Lampasas, a dismal first quarter doomed the Badgers as they lost to the visiting Lady Mustangs.
Marble Falls took a 15-4 lead after one quarter, before the Lady Badgers (2-6) tied the game at 23-23 at halftime. The Lady Mustangs, though, dominated the first quarter like they did that last, outscoring Lampasas 16-9 in the final frame.
Hailey Morrison led the Lady Badgers with 18 points and 10 rebounds and Kayla Presscott added 11 points.
No. 6 Gatesville 41, McGregor 26 - At Gatesville, Kaitlin Poe drilled three 3-pointers and scored 13 points to lead sixth-ranked Gatesville to a victory.
Skye Truss added nine points for the Hornets (4-3). Diamond Moore finished with eight. Glynna Johnson had six points to go with 10 rebounds and seven blocks.
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Round Rock 55, Ellison 49 - At Round Rock, with Division I-bound guard Devonte Brown sitting with foul trouble, the Dragons doubled up Ellison 14-7 in the second quarter and held on to send the Eagles (1-2) to their second straight loss.
Using a balanced offensive approach, scoring 14 in each of the final three quarters, Round Rock was able to hold off another 20-point performance from 6-foot-7 Ellison wing Jaleel Williams, who led all scorers with 23 including three 3s.
Brown, who finished with 13, was relegated to the bench much of the first half after getting in foul trouble early.
Gatesville 80, Llano 76, OT - At Gatesville, the Hornets waited nearly a week after most schools in the state to start their season and needed overtime to hold off Llano for the victory. It was the first win for new Gatesville coach Todd Shelton.
Dametrez Marshall scored a team-high 21 points for the Hornets, hitting four 3-pointers. Logan Kline (19 points) and Tobias Moores (15) each hit a pair of 3s, while Nardi Meyers' 12 points gave Gatesville (1-0) a quartet of scorers in double figures.
Brandon McLaws led all players with 31 points - 18 coming on six 3-pointers.
Gatesville was down nine after the first quarter and 42-29 at the break, but rallied with an 18-8 third quarter to close the gap before eventually forcing overtime. In the extra period, the Hornets outscored Llano 10-6.