By Alex Byington and Kevin Posival
Killeen Daily Herald
Taking advantage of a strong inside game, Harker Heights is now one win away from reaching the Aldine ISD Invitational championship after a 55-34 rout of Aldine Eisenhower on Friday.
Heights mounted a 19-12 first quarter lead and didn't let up, outscoring Eisenhower 36-22 the rest of the way.
Junior post Eboniey Jeter led the way with 16 points, while sophomore Brianna Freeman added 12. The Lady Knights advance to the semifinals against Klein Oak at 1:30 p.m. today.
Ellison 52, Lubbock Estacado 42 - At Abilene, the Lady Eagles jumped out to a 10-0 lead and only compounded on it from there as 10 players scored in the effort.
Led with nine points apiece from Jalissa Williams and Deja Pointer, Ellison advances to play Brownwood in the consolation semifinals of the Polk-Key City Tournament today at 10:30 a.m.
With the early advantage, the Lady Eagles built a 12-3 lead after the first quarter into a 27-14 halftime lead.
Stephenville 59, Gatesville 33 - At Abilene, the Hornets were outscored 51-24 over the final three quarters to go 0-2 to start the Polk-Key City Tournament.
Struggling through just five points in the second quarter, as Stephenville mounted a 26-14 halftime advantage. Gatesville (5-5) had no players reach double figures with Kaitlin Poe leading with nine points.
New Braunfels 56, Shoemaker 43 - At New Braunfels, a slow start doomed the Lady Grey Wolves from playing in the championship game of the Cougarette Classic.
Shoemaker (6-7) was outscored 23-12 by New Braunfels in the first quarter and never could overcome the deficit despite having nine players score in the loss.
Kiara Rawls scored a team-high 13 points and Teara Roberson scored seven for the Lady Grey Wolves.
Cove splits pair at NISD tourney - At San Antonio, the Lady Bulldawgs used a second half effort to rally past Schertz Clemens, 78-68, but couldn't find the same energy in a 66-41 loss to Corpus Christ King in the Northside ISD Tournament.
Against Clemens, after trailing 37-31 at halftime, Cove pulled even after the third with 27-21 quarter push.
From there, with four players reaching double figures - led with 18 and 16 points from Jasmine Baskin and Traonna Shedrick - the Lady Bulldawgs doubled up Clemens in the fourth.
The second game didn't go as smooth with King jumping ahead 22-13 after the first before pulling away.
Mexia 52, Salado 43 - At Lorena, despite three players in double figures, the Lady Eagles were outscored 27-19 in the second half and knocked out of the Leopard Invitational winner's bracket.
Hadley Joiner and Jenna Sebek led Salado (3-5) with 16 and 13 points, respectively, while combining for 12 rebounds. Carling Urben added a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.
Belton girls split at Ennis Tournament - At Ennis, the Lady Tigers beat Dallas W.T. White in their first game on Friday but lost to Waco in a consolation bracket quarterfinal.
Meghan Braeuer scored 27 points total in the two games, including a game-high 16 in Belton's 49-32 win over W.T. White. Jade Hampton scored nine in that win and Dasia McCray scored eight as the Lady Tigers (5-8) pulled away in the second half by outscoring W.T. White 22-5 in the third quarter.
Braeuer scored 11 and Kyla Lane scored eight in the 55-37 loss to Waco.
Florence 38, San Antonio Lutheran 22 - At Johnson City, the Lady Buffaloes won their second-straight at the LBJ Invitational to reach the consolation final against San Antonio St. Mary's Hall today at 1 p.m.
Florence (6-4) didn't have a single double-digit scorer in the win but had nine people score led by Kasey Button's seven.