TEMPLE — Scoring 13 of his game-high 21 points in the final 12 minutes, including all 10 Temple points in the fourth quarter, Erik Valdez powered the host Wildcats to a 51-49 overtime victory over Ellison on Tuesday.“They had the best player on the court tonight,” said Ellison coach Alberto Jones.With the victory, Temple (21-6, 6-4) is in a four-way tie for the final three playoff spots behind District 12-5A leading Bryan. Also tied at 6-4 in district are Ellison (18-10 overall), Shoemaker (17-13) — which beat Belton 54-37 — and A&M Consolidated (19-11) — which lost 70-60 to Bryan on Tuesday.


The Eagles were led offensively by junior wing Jaleel Williams, who scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half, and Cameron Gunter and Douglas McDaniel with 10 points apiece. No. 8 Killeen boys 67, Marble Falls 59 — At Marble Falls, the hangover from Friday’s loss lasted a half at Marble Falls, but the Roos’ bench, led by J.J. Terrell, stepped in and clinched a playoff berth for Killeen in the second half.Ta’Shawn Thomas scored a game-high 21 points and J.J. Terrell led the Roos’ bench, which had four players score Tuesday night, with 12.Killeen (22-8, 5-1 25-4A) trailed by as many as 15 in the second half, but the Roos utilized their inside size and penetrating potential to score 28 in the third to take a 56-52 lead into the fourth.The Mustangs (15-14, 1-5), who opened the game with a 22-point first quarter and led 39-26 at halftime, were led by Bron Etheridge’s 20 points and four 3-pointers.Killeen’s Ja’Corie Baker scored 12, including nine in the second half, and Anthony Taylor scored all eight of his points in the second half. Sederick Jennings scored eight, with a 3-pointer.Shoemaker boys 54, Belton 37 — At Shoemaker, Anthony Gonzales scored 19 points and the Grey Wolves kept themselves in the playoff hunt with a win over Belton. Jade Allen and A.J. McDonald were also in double figures for Shoemaker (17-13,6-4 in 12-5A) with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Thomas Sholars led Belton (15-12, 3-7) with 12 points.Belton girls 63, Shoemaker 49 — At Belton, Hailey Rosebrock had a game-high 24 points while Amber Peters added 13 to lead the Lady Tigers (11-19, 2-10) to a double-digit win over Shoemaker. Belton pulled away by outscoring Shoemaker 26-15 in the fourth quarter. The Lady Grey Wolves (7-21, 0-12) were led by Kiara Rawls, who scored 18 points. Cion Hicks added 10 points.No. 14 Gatesville girls 53, Glen Rose 35 — At Gatesville, McKamie Place scored a game-high 19 and Glynna Johnson collected a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Lady Hornets rolled to another win.Gatesville (22-8, 8-0 7-3A) blew open a 15-point lead to start the fourth quarter using its defense in the third. Lampasas girls 54, Lake Travis 50 — At Lampasas, Lauren Barlow scored 15 and Kayla Prescott scored 12 and the Lady Badgers hit 7-of-12 free throws in the overtime periods to remain just a single game behind Marble Falls in the chase for District 25-4A’s fourth playoff seed.The Lady Badgers (11-18, 3-5) play at Marble Falls on Friday night looking for the series sweep. Lampasas beat Marble Falls (13-15, 4-4) 38-30 on Jan. 19 at Lampasas. The Lady Mustangs have won just one game since and lost at Killeen 60-35 Tuesday night.Elaine Houston scored 15 for Lake Travis and Dara Brown scored 12, but the Lady Cavs (10-18, 1-7), who beat Killeen Friday for their only district win this season, couldn’t keep pace with the Lady Badgers’ quartet of five-point scorers — Kallen Vann, Madison Morris, Sarah Bishop and Marisa Bogart.No. 25 Salado girls 41, Academy 28 — At Little River, Billi Pipes scored 20 points and the Lady Eagles keep winning, despite barely having enough players to field a team.Salado, which has lost three starters to injury this year, squashed the Lady Bumblebees early, outscoring them 11-6 in the first quarter. They then held them to only three points in the third. And the Eagles (21-9, 9-2 in 25-2A) needed every bit of that defensive effort after only hitting 10 of 24 from the line, including a woeful 3-for-15 performance in the first half. Hadley Joiner — who was injured not once, but twice last week — hit three 3-pointers and scored 13 points. Gatesville boys 47, Glen Rose 32 — At Gatesville, Thomas Weber scored a game-high 19 points and Dominique Moore added 10 as the Hornets remained perfect in District 7-3A play with their 15-point win over Glen Rose.Gatesville (15-10, 6-0) led 8-2 after one quarter, but outscored Glen Rose 25-17 in the second and third.Lexington boys 46, Florence 37 — At Lexington, the Buffaloes just did not have enough gas to pull of the upset of the year in District 25-2A. Florence (8-18, 0-8 in 25-2A) and the Eagles were tied at 37-37 going into the fourth quarter, but offensive rebounds and fouls led to the Buffs’ demise. Lexington scored six points on putbacks and hit 10 free throws in the quarter to outscore the Buffaloes 16-7 as it kept pace with Jarrell with a 7-1 District 25-2A record. Emilio Ramirez led Florence with nine points.SOCCERPflugerville Hendrickson girls 3, Killeen 0 — At Killeen, the Lady Roos’ offensive woes continued as they dropped their third straight district game.Killeen, which has scored just two goals all season, fell to 0-3 in District 49-4A play and 2-9-3 overall. The Lady Roos go to Marble Falls on Friday.Harker Heights boys 4, Ellison 2 — At Harker Heights, Eric Roden and Kyle Padget scored in the first and second overtime periods, respectively, as the host Knights (4-3-2, 1-1) rallied for their first District 12-5A victory of the season.Roden’s goal was his second of the game after forcing overtime with his first midway through the second half of regulation after Ellison’s Philip Ruiz put the Eagles (1-5-1, 0-2) ahead 2-1 with the second of his two goals in the 47th minute. Ruiz also tied the game at 1-1 following a goal in the 36th minutes on an assist by Jeff Myszka after Heights’ Tyler Moffet opened the scoring 12 minutes into the game.


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