By Kevin Posival and Nick Talbot
Killeen Daily Herald
The Lady Grey Wolves took away the paint, so JaQuan Jackson took the long-shot points.
Hitting six of Harker Heights' 10 3-pointers, Jackson scored 20 points to lead the eighth-ranked Lady Knights to their 28th straight win, 71-49 at Shoemaker, to start the second half of District 12-5A play.
Harker Heights (28-0, 8-0 12-5A) hit 7 of 8 first-half 3s in the second quarter to stretch a one-point lead to 21 at halftime.
"(Perimeter shooting) is a huge part of our offense," Harker Heights coach Shirretha Nelson said. "We have really good guards, really consistent, and it helps our offense quite a bit."
Kiara Rawls led Shoemaker (13-15, 2-6) with 24 points and Cion Hicks added nine, but the Lady Grey Wolves couldn't overcome Heights' 28-8 scoring advantage in the second quarter.
"They beat us 34-33 in the second half," Shoemaker coach Shauna Showers said. "So we're going to focus on the second half. That shows how we can play if we put our minds to it and we're capable of playing with anybody."
Brianna Freeman scored 14 points and Brianna Golden and Alexus Dukes each scored 10 for Harker Heights.
Ellison 60, Bryan 25 - At Ellison, Alayshia Hunter had 19 points and the Lady Eagles rolled to a win over the Lady Vikings.
Ellison (21-7, 5-3 12-5A) went on an 18-2 first quarter run to blow out Bryan early and never looked back, leading 37-8 at the half. Jordanna Porter added 11 points for the Lady Eagles.
Copperas Cove 48, Belton 29 - At Belton, Sarai Rodriguez led a balanced scoring attack with 13 points to help the Lady Dawgs win on the road.
Mikayla Blount made a pair of 3-pointers and finished with nine points for Cove (18-10, 5-3 12-5A). Three other Lady Dawgs each added eight points.
Torie Henderson led Belton (7-19, 1-7) with 10 points.
No. 9 Liberty Hill 40, Salado 35 - At Salado, Carling Urben had 21 points, but it was not enough for the Lady Eagles to knock off the No.9 Lady Panthers.
Salado (12-10, 3-1) outscored Liberty Hill (24-4, 4-0 25-3A) 8-2 in the first quarter. However, the Lady Panthers used a 17-7 surge in the second to take control of the game.
Lampasas 44, Llano 39 - At Llano, Juls Crook hit five 3-pointers, scoring 15 points to lead the Lady Badgers to their first District 25-3A win of the season.
Lampasas (9-15, 1-3) led 28-11 at the half, but allowed the Lady Jackets to rally in the fourth quarter, getting outscored 18-8. Hailey Morrison added seven points for the Lady Badgers.
Waco La Vega 57, Gatesville 43 - At Waco, Erin DeGrate led three Lady Pirates in double figures with 17 points and La Vega pulled away down the stretch.
Kaitlin Poe scored 14 for Gatesville (10-18, 1-3 19-3A), which trailed by just four entering the final period. Skye Truss added 13 for the Hornets.
Rogers 59, Florence 30 - Five Rogers players scored at least eight points and the Lady Eagles (6-2 27-2A) knocked down eight 3-pointers to cruise past Florence.
Reagan Isbell led the Lady Buffaloes (9-13, 1-7 27-2A) with eight points.
Ellison 62, Bryan 35 - At Bryan, James Jessie scored 18 points and the Eagles outscored the Vikings 25-9 in the first quarter as they rolled to their fourth District 12-5A win.
Ellison (15-10, 4-2) stalled in the second quarter, only scoring four points. However, the Eagles came out in the third and outscored Bryan (4-15, 1-5) 21-8.
Waco 64, Killeen 57 - At Waco, Brian Long scored 18 points and Jamison Hicks added 17, but the Runnin' Roos' poor free-throw shooting curtailed them against the Lions.
Killeen (11-14, 0-2 8-4A) only hit 19-of-33 from the free-throw line in addition to being outscored 22-14 in the second quarter as it dropped its second straight district game. Tevin Bartney added 14 points for the Roos.
Lampasas 58, Llano 43 - At Llano, Mason Murray hit three 3-pointers and scored 17 points as the Badgers rallied past the Yellow Jackets.
Shondarius Howard added 16 points for Lampasas (13-9, 1-1 25-3A), which trailed 14-12 in the first quarter, but came back in fourth to outscore Llano 19-10.
No. 11 Liberty Hill 73, Salado 44 - At Salado, Blake Danielak hit six 3-pointers and scored 24 points and the 11th-ranked Panthers handed Salado its first District 25-3A loss this season.
Jada Kornegay scored 13 for Salado and Koby Spears added 9, but the Eagles (15-10, 1-1) trailed 15-2 after the first quarter and 29-10 at halftime.
Rogers 36, Florence 34 - At Florence, the Buffaloes only converted 6-of-17 from the free-throw line as they fell in District 27-2A play to last-place Rogers.
Trey Jett led Florence (12-11, 2-4) with 10 points, but the Buffaloes were outscored 11-7 in the fourth quarter and 14-6 in the first.
Lometa 62, Santa Anna 29 - At Lometa, Dylan Straley scored 17 points and the Hornets won in blowout fashion in a nondistrict game.
Brandon Lilly added 15 points for Lometa (11-7), which outscored Santa Anna 34-13 in the second half.
Pflugerville Henderickson 5, Harker Heights 1 -At Pflugerville, Mike McNamara scored the Knights' only goal as they opened the season with a loss to the Hawks.
Killeen 1, Ellison 0 - At Killeen, Haley Crissman scored off a cross pass from Kaitlyn McVeigh in the 23rd minuted as the Lady Roos (2-2-1) shut out the Lady Eagles (2-3).
Nina Doran had 12 saves for the Lady Roos.
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