By Kevin Posival
Killeen Daily Herald
HARKER HEIGHTS – Harker Heights' senior Nyesha Adams, already hampered by a cold, struggled to get shots to fall in Tuesday night's District 13-5A game against Ellison in Harker Heights. But, with one minute and 46 seconds left in the fourth, Adams stood at the free-throw
line with her team ahead by one and sank both.
The charity buckets sparked the Lady Knights (11-4, 3-0 District 13-5A) into a 7-0 run that left Ellison behind, 46-36, at the finish.
Both teams struggled to get any rhythm throughout the entire contest, but the Lady Knights connected late on clutch free throws to keep the Lady Eagles (8-8, 0-3 District 13-5A) at bay. The Lady Knights were 6-of-8 from the stripe and outscored the Lady Eagles 14-8 in the final period.
"Early on, we weren't making our free throws," Lady Knights' head coach Lisa Hess said. "In the second half, I thought we did a better a job. We hit the clutch free throws."
Adams had seven points of her total 11 in the second half, while sophomore Bobbi Taylor led the Lady Knights with 15.
Ellison's Lisa Hicklen led all scorers with an 18-point night and Mica Williams had nine.
Both clubs return to the court next weekend in their final tournaments and return to 13-5A action Jan. 2, with Harker Heights traveling to Bryan and Belton visiting the Lady Eagles.
"A win is a win," Hess said. "It wasn't pretty, but my girls kept their composure and finished the game."
The Lady Knights kept Ellison off the scoreboard until Williams went 1-for-2 at the stripe at the 5:38 mark in the first. Hicklen was 3-of-4 in the quarter and freshman Desire'e Wylie had the Lady Eagles' only field goal of their six-point first quarter.
Adams gave the Lady Knights a 4-1 lead by scoring the team's first four points but then went cold and scoreless until the third. The Lady Knights held an 18-12 advantage at the half.
In the third, both offenses opened up. Hicklen had 10 in the period for the Lady Eagles and Taylor had nine for the Lady Knights. Adams heated up again to add four more. Ellison pulled within four to start the fourth, 32-28.
Adams was 3-of-4 from the free throw line in the final period. Jazalyn Harp added five in the period, including a 1-for-2 appearance from the line and Rashawndira Johnson added a field goal and two free throws in the Lady Knights' 14-point fourth quarter.
"(Bobbi Taylor) did a good job," Hess said. "Jazalyn Harp did a a good job defensively and made some clutch shots for us at the end."
The Lady Eagles travel to Copperas Cove to compete in the Bush's Chicken Holiday Classic on Dec. 28-30 while the Lady Knights head to Gatesville to compete in its tournament on the same dates.
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