By Alex Byington and Kevin Posival
Killeen Daily Herald
Ojai Black scored a season-high 31 points and hit 8-of-8 from the charity stripe in the final 1½ minutes to power Ellison to an 84-82 victory at Temple, allowing the Eagles to remain in the District 12-5A hunt.
"It was huge. He showed some flashes of (former Eagle standout) Devonte (Brown) late ... tonight he kind of demanded (the ball)," Ellison coach Alberto Jones said. "If he was guarded, he made sure he got open to get the ball, and once he got it, he attacked the basket."
Black wasn't alone though as Ellison (14-9, 3-1) had four players in double figures to best Temple's top four. Eagles junior Malik Hawkins scored 23 points in his return after missing last week with the flu, while Felix Marbury and James Jessie added 12 and 10, respectively.
Temple (12-9, 1-3), which has lost three straight since a district-opening win over Harker Heights, was led by 31 points from Avery Polchinski.
No. 3 Waco La Vega 61, Salado 51 - At Salado, William Stinnett scored 22 of his game-high 27 points in the second half to help the third-ranked Pirates (21-0) slowly pull away from the Eagles.
Koby Spears led Salado (14-9) with 17 points. Jada Kornegay added 16 for the Eagles, who open District 25-3A play Friday at home against Llano.
2A No. 3 Jarrell 66, Florence 42 - At Jarrell, the undefeated Cougars remained that way thanks to a pair of 20-point efforts to knock off the visiting Buffaloes.
Trey Jett led Florence (11-10, 1-3) with 18 points while Mathew Mellette added 15. But it was the 22 and 21 points respectively from Jarrell's (21-0, 4-0) duo of Morgan Cooper and Wesley Alvarez.
Lometa 41, Rochelle 32 - At Rochelle, Hector Rivera scored 19 points to lead Lometa to its second straight win.
Rivera hit five 3-pointers and Eric Nichols added seven points, giving the Hornets (9-7, 3-1 28-2A, D-II) some momentum going into its Friday home game against district co-leader Menard.
Ellison 42, Temple 34 - At Ellison, Deja Pointer scored 13 points and the Ellison Lady Eagles moved into a three-way tie for third with a win over the Tem-Cats.
Pointer hit two 3-pointers and the Lady Eagles (19-7, 3-3 12-5A) extended a 7-point first quarter lead to tie Temple (20-7, 3-3) and Copperas Cove in the District 12-5A standings. Ellison led 27-16 at halftime and 34-25 going into the fourth.
Ocleta Young and Alayshia Hunter each added eight for Ellison, which plays at Shoemaker on Friday.
Midway 45, Killeen 43 - At Waco, Jasmine Goodwine scored 19 points and Raven Ringo added 13, but the Lady Roos couldn't finish off Waco Midway.
Killeen (12-11, 1-1 in 8-4A) led 11-8 after the first quarter, but fell behind 22-20 at the half and never quite got over the hump against the Pantherettes.
Jarrell 46, Florence 31 - At Jarrell, Rachael Nemec had 19 points and the Lady Cougars cruised after scoring the first 12 points of the game.
Reagan Isbell led the Lady Buffs (9-12, 1-5 27-2A) with nine points. Jarrell improved to 5-1 in district play.
Lorena 42, Gatesville 23 - At Lorena, the 22nd-ranked Lady Leopards outscored Gatesville 26-14 in the second half and the Hornets are still looking for their first District 19-3A win this season.
Daija Ward led Gatesville (11-10, 0-2) with nine points and Kaitlin Poe hit two 3-pointers and scored seven points. Gatesville hosts Waco Connally on Friday.
Erin Sims led the Lady Leopards with 16 points.
Salado 61, Taylor 22 - At Taylor, even without leading scorer and rebounder Carling Urben, who was out sick, the Lady Eagles crushed the Lady Ducks.
Ashley Adams led Salado with 15 points, while Meredith Ward and Alexis Bowman each added 13. Kirstie McGillick also reached double figures with 12 points.
Liberty Hill 70, Lampasas 38 - At Lampasas, the Lady Badgers held on close for one quarter, but a 23-10 second quarter did them in.
Lampasas (9-14, 0-2 25-3A) was led by a double-double from Hailey Morrison, who scored 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.