By Nick Talbot
Killeen Daily Herald
HARKER HEIGHTS – Harker Heights' Shanice Davis said her team was flat-out lollygagging.
With the team slacking, Lady Knights coach Shirretha Nelson switched her team into a 3-2 half-court zone.
It worked, sort of.
Jaquan Jackson and Bianca Patterson combined to score 10 points in the game's closing two minutes and lifted Harker Heights to a 49-42 win over Belton.
"We had more focus, because at first we were lollygagging about stuff," David said. "After we ... got our heads in the game, we kept getting better."
It just was not quite in the fashion Nelson had planned.
"It was not quite what I had drawn on the board, but it worked," Nelson said. "We started getting aggressive and toward the end of the second quarter, when we went to zone, it was effective for us."
Early on though, Belton's Meghan Braeuer set the tone when she scored the game's opening basket, a 3-pointer from the wing.
Belton then held that narrow lead for all but two minutes of the first half.
After Harker Heights tied the game at 10-10 with 12 second left in the first quarter, Amber Peters, who scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, drained a fade away from just outside the paint to five the Lady Tigers back the lead. The basket started a 6-0 run for Belton for the Lady Tigers.
Harker Heights (15-15, 5-6 12-5A) finally made its run midway through the second quarter thanks to four points from Shaniqua Thomas and baskets by Sara Anderson and Patterson.
Rae'Vaughn Barnes capped off the Lady Knights' 10-2 run with a putback with 2:30 remaining.
After Braeuer converted a three-point play to start the third, Davis got on track.
The sophomore scored six of her team's next eight points as Harker Height took a 28-27 lead.
The Lady Knights then scored the last five points of the quarter to push their lead to 33-27.
"I think both sides were throwing the ball all over the gym ...but we did not do the things we needed to against their zone defense," said Belton coach Randy Bell.
Hailey Rosebrock, who led Belton with 16 points and 12 rebounds, did not let the Knights pull away for good.
The senior went 5-of-6 from the line and hit two 3-pointers and Belton cut the Heights lead to 45-42.
However, Braeuer was sitting on the bench, fouled out. And without their starting point guard, the Lady Tigers struggled to get the ball up the court.
Two steals and two ensuing baskets by Patterson ended all hopes of a comeback, though.
"Coach Nelson said we had to play hard D," Davis said. "She told us to move our feet, and play like more man-to-man, but since that was not cutting it, we switched to a 3-2.
"They could not stop that, so we did that the whole time."