Rebekah Nolte scored 16 points, Allaira Jones added 13 and the Gatesville girls basketball team upset No. 21 Lorena 41-35 on the road Friday to grab a share of second place in District 17-4A.
Gatesville finished the season 9-3 in league play. They can earn a share of the 17-4A title if Lorena (8-3) beats China Spring (9-2) on Tuesday.
The Hornets led 25-20 at halftime. Lorena cut the lead to one after three quarters, but the Lady Leopards were held to four points in the final period.
LAMPASAS BOYS 54, BURNET 41: Phillip Blackstock scored 15 points and the Badgers took a big step toward clinching a playoff berth in District 19-4A by beating second-place Burnet on the road.
Kyle Sim added 12 points, and Austin Winter had nine as the Badgers (21-9, 5-4 19-4A) moved into a third-place tie with idle Leander Glenn. Both teams are a game and a half ahead of Salado with three nights remaining in the season.
Cole Younger led Burnet (8-2 19-4A) with 17 points.
Blackstock added five rebounds, three assists and four blocks to his ledger. Sims finished with eight boards, two assists and two steals.
The Badgers held Burnet to two baskets in the second quarter and grabbed a 23-12 halftime lead.
"Our defense just put a blanket on them," Lampasas coach Aaron Nuckles said. "We were just getting solid stops."
Lampasas increased the lead to 16 in the third quarter, but the Bulldogs chipped away at the deficit and tied the game with five minutes remaining.
The Badgers then went on a 7-0 run and sealed the victory by making free throws.
The teams split the season series. Burnet won the first meeting 55-53 on Jan. 9 in Lampasas.
SALADO BOYS 56, TAYLOR 53: Eli Pittman led three Eagles in double figures with and Salado held off the Ducks in Taylor to remain with a game and a half of fourth place.
Jake Pittman added 12 points, Anthony Young had 11, and Jeremy Jarvis had nine.
Salado (4-6 19-4A) trailed 36-28 at halftime, but dominated the third quarter 18-4.
SAN ANGELO CENTRAL GIRLS 43, BELTON 31: Tay Dosson scored 19 points and the Lady Cats took sole possession of fourth place with a home win over the Lady Tigers and Killeen's 60-46 loss at No. 16 Ellison.
Central (19-15, 6-7 8-6A) clinched a tie for fourth place and can take the final 8-6A playoff spot with a win Tuesday in the season finale at No. 13 Waco Midway, a tall order that provides hope for Belton and Killeen, which face their own hurdles. Belton will have to beat Ellison at home on Tuesday, while the Lady Roos need a win over Copperas Cove to force a playoff tiebreaker.
Presley York and Taylin Wesley each had seven points to lead Belton (16-17, 5-8).
Dosson was one of two Central players who didn't play in the teams' first meeting in Belton, which the Lady Tigers won 32-12.
Soccer Badgers blank Jarrell
Matt Pierce drilled a shot into the back of the net in the final minute and the Lampasas boys soccer team beat Jarrell 1-0 on Friday in Lampasas.
Johnnie McGehee, Bryce Bredson, Scooter Cook, Dylan Kannan, Warren Burke, Jonathan Gutheriddge and Pierce all played a role in the shutout.
Rafa Hernandez earned the assist on the game-winner.
The Badgers open district play Friday at Taylor.
ELLISON BOYS 5, COPPERAS COVE 1: Maurice Williams recorded a hat trick and the Ellison boys soccer team beat Copperas Cove 5-1 on Friday at Ellison.
The Eagles (3-6, 1-2 8-6A) led all the way after Williams tallied his first goal 12 minutes in, assisted by Nicholas Katseyeanis.
Ten minutes later, Katseyeanis converted a penalty kick to give Ellison a 2-0 lead.
Williams assisted in the 29th minute as Ethan Buchanan made it 3-0.
Ray Barros got the Bulldawgs (0-3-1 8-6A) on the board with 10:27 left in the half. Tristan Reno was credited with the assist. It was Cove's first goal in nearly 270 minutes of district play.
Williams completed his hat trick and capped the scoring with 26 minutes remaining. His second-half scores were assisted by Buchanan and Jose Iguina.
The Eagles travel to Harker Heights on Tuesday.
BELTON GIRLS 11, SHOEMAKER 0: The Lady Tigers scored double-digit goals for the third time in four district games in a win over the Lady Wolves.
Georgia Helein recorded a hat trick for Belton (8-4-2, 4-0 District 8-6A), with two goals coming in the first half. Izzy Rhodes, Yuliana Cruz and Morgan Magana also scored to make it 5-0 at halftime. Helein scored again to make it 8-0 after Abby Lucksinger and Taylor Gurnett recorded goals after halftime. Brindley Bradford, Rachel Mahan and Abby Davis finished it off with a goal apiece.
The Lady Tigers started their district slate with 10-0 wins over Copperas Cove and Harker Heights.
The Lady Tigers travel to Waco Midway on Tuesday.
FRIDAY'S BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES
- Belton 67, San Angelo Central 65
- Ellison 63, Killeen 52
- Harker Heights 52, Copperas Cove 50
- Waco Midway 71, Shoemaker 45
- Lorena 49, Gatesville 41
- Lampasas 54, Burnet 41
- Salado 56, Taylor 53
- Georgetown Gateway 51, Florence 26
FRIDAY'S GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES
- Copperas Cove 53, Harker Heights 47
- Ellison 60, Killeen 46
- San Angelo Central 43, Belton 31
- Waco Midway 46, Shoemaker 20
- Gatesville 41, Lorena 35
- Burnet 54, Lampasas 36
FRIDAY'S BOYS SOCCER SCORES
- Leander Glenn 6, Florence 1
- Salado 2, Liberty Hill 0
- San Angelo Central 4, Harker Heights 0
- Belton 1, Shoemaker 1, tie
- Ellison 5, Copperas Cove 1
- Waco Midway 4, Killeen 0
FRIDAY’S GIRLS SOCCER SCORES
- Lampasas 3, Jarrell 0
- Liberty Hill 4, Salado 1
- Belton 11, Shoemaker 0
- Ellison 0, Copperas Cove 0, tie
- San Angelo Central 5, Harker Heights 0
- Waco Midway 9, Killeen 0