Marble Falls finally clinched District 25-4A’s final playoff spot Friday.

The Lady Mustangs turned nine steals into fast-break buckets in the first half and used its free-throw shooting to hold off Lampasas’ second-half rally and win 60-54.

Lampasas, which was trying to sweep Marble Falls and sneak into the playoffs, outscored Marble Falls 23-12 in the second half, but the Lady Mustangs’ 20-point first-half lead proved insurmountable.

Lauren Barlow led Lampasas, which hosts Killeen on Tuesday, with 16 points and Kayla Prescott scored 15, but the Lady Badgers (11-19, 3-6 25-4A) hit just 3 of 7 free throws in the first half.Marble Falls’ Erica DeLaHoya scored a game-high 18 points and Lindsay Ansley had 16.“This game proves that Lampasas basketball is back,” said Lampasas coach Stuart Beckwith. “We have been the doormat of girls basketball for so long, but not anymore.”Marble Falls’ first-half defense held the Badgers to just 13 points but the Lady Mustangs (14-14, 5-4) led by just five with 39 seconds left in the game. Marble Falls hit eight of its final 14 free throws to snap a two-game losing skid and rebound from its 38-30 loss to the Lady Badgers earlier this season.— courtesy Stephen Colwell

No. 8 Killeen boys 67, Hutto 54 — At Hutto, the Runnin’ Roos held Hutto to a four-point second quarter and overcame a slow start to beat the Hippos.Ta’Shawn Thomas scored 18 points, Ja’Corie Baker scored 15 and Michael Cummings added 10 to lead the Roos (23-8, 6-1 25-4A) to their second-straight win and into a tie for the District 25-4A lead.Pflugerville Hendrickson upset fifth-ranked Lake Travis to hand the Cavaliers their first 25-4A loss this season.Hutto’s Denzel Bellinger scored a team-high 17 points and hit two of the Hippos’ eight 3-pointers.Hutto (12-16, 2-5) outscored Killeen 17-14 in the first quarter but after scoring just four in the second, trailed 31-21 at halftime.

Copperas Cove 71 girls, Shoemaker 66 — At Shoemaker, Jessica Best hit four free throws down the stretch and the Lady Bulldawgs defeated the Lady Grey Wolves. Copperas Cove (21-11, 9-4 in District 12-5A) hit 30 of 43 from the free-throw line and hit seven 3-pointers to keep Shoemaker (7-22, 0-13) at bay.Kiara Rawls made it closer than Lady Bulldawgs coach Richard Herbst liked, though. Rawls scored 27 points and Cion Hicks and Jade Norris both added 10 for Shoemaker. Desiree Nelson led Cove with 18 points, Best had 12 and Shina McCoun and Angelique Campbell each had 11.

Marble Falls boys 53, Lampasas 38 — At Lampasas, the Badgers scored just five points in the first quarter and hit just 9 of their 17 free throws in the game to lose their seventh District 25-4A game.The Mustangs (15-15, 2-5 25-4A) moved into a tie for fourth place with Hutto. Bron Etheridge scored a game-high 15 points and was one of three Mustangs in double figures.Eduardo Davila scored a team-high 12 points but was the only Lampasas player with more than seven.The Badgers (8-19, 0-7) play at Killeen on Tuesday night.

Florence boys 34, Lago Vista 32 — At Florence, the Buffaloes won’t go winless in District 25-2A as host Florence outscored Lago Vista 15-2 in the second quarter to claim its first district victory.Using a trap defense in the second, the Buffs’ heavy pressure forced Lago Vista to turn the ball over several times, most of which they turned into points on the other end while holding it to just two points in the period.Florence was led with 10 points from Daniel Terry, and six point apiece from Michael Ramirez and Travis Applequest.

Gatesville boys 51, West 34 — At West, even without their head coach on the sidelines, the Hornets didn’t lose a beat, jumping ahead 13-2 in the first quarter before completing the season sweep of West.Hornets coach Brian Edwards was suspended by the school district for undisclosed reasons until Monday.Gatesville was led with a double-double by Dominique Moore, who had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and 13 and 10 points from Nardi Meyers and Thomas Weber, respectively.The Hornets (16-11, 7-0) remained undefeated in District 7-3A while all but assuring themselves the district championship by sweeping second-place West, whose only two losses have come courtesy of Gatesville.

A&M Consolidated boys 57, Belton 40 — At Belton, Kevin Jefferson scored 18 points as A&M Consolidated defeated the Tigers and kept pace with Ellison and Temple in the District 12-5A race.A&M Consolidated (20-11, 7-4 in 12-5A) is in a three-way tie for second with the Eagles and Wildcats. Quinton White and Justin Campbell added 11 points each for Consolidated. Belton (15-13, 3-8) was led by Eric Braeuer, who scored nine points.


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