The Lady Roos basketball team got started on its New Year’s resolution a week early.For the last couple of seasons, Killeen has found a stretch-run spark in its post-Christmas tournament and head coach Latisha Williams hopes the Lady Roos’ two wins Tuesday at the G.M. Blackman Tournament in Bastrop are the start of that run this season.Killeen (9-10) beat Smithville 66-33 in its tournament opener and then beat Hutto 55-37 in the follow-up to reach a championship semifinal against Round Rock Stony Point today at noon.

“I was actually pretty pleased with the way they came back,” Williams said of her team’s for games since a 7-point win over Robinson on Dec. 17. “To get two about 20-point victories and for us to put up that many points is definitely a good thing.”Jasmine Goodwine combined for 28 points in the two wins. Esha Atkins hit three 3-pointers and led the Lady Roos wtih 17 points in the win over Smithville. Goowine had 13 against Hutto as Killeen’s post players combined for all but three points in the win over the Lady Roos’ former 25-4A rival Lady Hippos.  Mariah Shaw and Johlicia Williams scored 14 and 12, respectively, in the win over Hutto.BOYSKilleen 67, Denton 63 — At Fort Worth, Tevin Bartney scored 13 points to go along with 12 rebounds, one of four Killeen players in double figures, and Brian Long had a game-saving steal at the end to give the Runnin’ Roos a tournament-opening win at the Fort Worth ISD Coca-Cola Classic Tournament.Victor Glaze hit two 3-pointers and he and Demontay Harrison each scored 12 and Demarius Cress added 10, including the fast break layup on Long’s late steal, for Killeen (7-10), which plays Mansfield Summit in the second round today at 6:30 p.m.Killeen led 18-12 after the first quarter but the Broncos cut that to two with less than 30 seconds left when Long came up with the big steel and forward pass to Cress.Salado takes two in Prosper — At Prosper, the Eagles followed a close victory with a blowout, and now sit in the Prosper Holiday Showcase semifinals. Koby Spears scored a combined 28 points on the day, including a team-best 15 points in Salado’s 46-27 win over Pilot Point in the second round. The Eagles held Pilot Point to single-digit scoring in the opening three quarters to build a 31-17 lead.In a 52-49 win over Bonham, Jada Kornegay led the Eagles (14-4) with 14 points while Spears had 13 and Austin Adams added 12. Bonham rallied with a 23-point fourth quarter, but Salado had control following a 27-10 advantage over the second and third quarters.Salado plays Princeton in the tournament semifinals at 5:30 p.m. today.Badgers drop two in Cameron — At Cameron, a lopsided second half did in Lampasas against Brenham to open play at the Cameron Christmas Classic. The Badgers followed with a 65-58 loss to Marlin and finish pool play 0-2. Lampasas goes to the Bronze Pool and plays Lexington (1:30 p.m.) and Giddings (4:30 p.m.) today.Secody Howard led Lampasas (10-6) with 12 points against Brenham, which held the Badgers to single-digit scoring in every quarter but the second for the 50-31 win. That included a 12-3 third quarter and 21-11 edge in the second half. Against Marlin, C.J. Adams had a team-high 12 points, but the Badgers, despite outscored the Bulldogs 19-17 in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t close the gap.Buffs split in Troy  — At Troy, Florence dropped its opener but rebounded — though the Buffaloes held off a furious Waco Vanguard rally — to earn a split on the first day of play at the Troy Trojan Holiday Tournament.Trey Jett scored a team-high nine points in a 35-29 loss to Axtell, as Florence (10-7) was held to six or fewer points in every quarter but the second. Matthew Mellette added eight points in the loss but had 15 in a 54-47 win over Waco Vanguard. Lupe Acevedo also scored 15 points for the Buffs, who were outscored 24-15 in the fourth quarter but held on.Florence faces Bosqueville at 9 a.m. Thursday in a consolation semifinal.


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