TJ Johnson led three Tigers with at least 20 points and Belton pulled away in the second half for an 82-67 win at Copperas Cove.

Johnson scored 26 for Belton (12-2), which improved to 3-0 in 12-6A play and took over sole possession of the district lead when ninth-ranked Ellison lost 41-35 at Harker Heights.

Ben Jones and Trap Johnson each added 20 points. Keyden Downs finished with 11.

Cove and Belton played to a 37-37 halftime draw, but the Tigers took control with a 30-14 third quarter.

The Tigers host Ellison on Friday.

LAMPASAS BOYS 59, SALADO 53: At Salado, Mike Murray scored 15 points and Nate Borchardt added 11 as the Badgers improved to 14-1.

Lampasas won despite making just six of 17 free throws.

Salado's Josh Goings led all scorers with 20. Peyton Miller had 14.

LAGO VISTA BOYS 55, LAKE BELTON 44: At Lago Vista, the Vikings used a 22-8 run in the third quarter to build a 19-point lead and held on to beat the Broncos in Lake Belton's final tuneup for Friday's District 19-4A opener.

Easton Hammond led the Broncos with 15 points. Leonard King added 10.

The Broncos travel to Salado on Friday for the first district game in team history.

GIRLS SOCCER

LAKE BELTON 3, CHINA SPRING 0: At China Spring, Macey Weber scored the first goal in Lady Bronco soccer history and that was all Lake Belton needed to win its debut.

Weber broke a scoreless tie with 28 minutes remaining. Abrie Orozco and Tristen Oliphant added goals to seal the victory.

The Lady Broncos will play in the Gator Classic Tournament beginning Thursday in Georgetown.

GEORGETOWN GATEWAY 2, LAMPASAS 1: At Lampasas, freshman Bella Lindsey scored the lone goal for the Lady Badgers.

LAMPASAS 59, SALADO 53

Lampasas (59)

Borchardt 11, Ortiz 6, Brookreson 4, Pace 7, Crawford 8, Stinnett 0, Mulcahy 4, Murray 15, Lewis 2, Johnson 2.

Salado (53)

Mescher 7, Pitcock 4, Miller 14, Goings 20, Law 0, Wilson 0, Self 8, Llobregat 0.

Lampasas 17 8 20 14—59

Salado 12 7 17 17—53

3-Point Goals—Lampasas 3 (Ortiz 2, Borchardt), Salado 3 (Mescher, Pitcock, Goings). Free throws—Lampasas 6-17, Salado 14-21. Fouled Out—None. Total Fouls—Lampasas 21, Salado 14. Technicals—None.

12-6A BOYS BASKETBALL

Belton 3-0

Bryan 2-1

Ellison 2-1

Harker Heights 2-1

Shoemaker 2-1

Copperas Cove 1-2

Killeen 0-3

Temple 0-3

TUESDAY'S GAMES

  • Belton 82, Copperas Cove 67
  • Bryan 76, Temple 55
  • Harker Heights 41, No. 9 Ellison 35
  • Shoemaker 59, Killeen 56

TUESDAY’S SOCCER

BOYS

  • Robinson 5, Florence 1

GIRLS

  • Georgetown Gateway 2, Lampasas 1
  • Lake Belton 3, China Spring 0
  • Robinson 7, Florence 1

TUESDAY’S AREA BASKETBALL

BOYS

  • Lago Vista 55, Lake Belton 44
  • Lampasas 59, Salado 53

GIRLS

District 6-4A

  • Gatesville 55, Lampasas 49

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