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Heights struggle offensively, fall 44-28 at Belton

Heights struggle offensively, fall 44-28 at Belton

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By Tony Adams, Sports Editor

The Harker Heights Lady Knights traveled to Tiger Gym in Belton on Tuesday to take on a Belton Lady Tiger team riding a four-game winning streak.
Belton’s stellar defensive play held Heights from the scoreboard for the game’s opening 11:57. The Lady Knights trailed by 14 points when they got on the scoreboard, but deficit could not be overcome as Belton won 44-28.
The victory moved the Lady Tigers to 10-6 on the season and 2-0 in District 8-6A. The loss dropped the Lady Knights to 8-7 overall and 0-2 in District 8-6A play.
Cammie Moore’s three-pointer 13 seconds into the game set the tone of the first quarter. Collapsing in the paint, the Lady Tigers forced Heights into low percentage outside shots throughout the quarter. Moore scored five more points, while Keilee Burke and Hannah Martin collected buckets to round out the 11-point first quarter.
Both teams were scoreless for prolonged amounts of time bridging into the second quarter. Belton’s scoreless string reached 7:03 before Moore’s three-point made the score 14-0. Devany Wall hit a pair of free-throws with 4:03 left in the first half and Dakota Smith sank Heights’ first field goal with 1:53 to play in the half. After Moore’s three-pointer 20 seconds late, Kiara Young hit back-to-back three-pointers to round out the half with the Lady Knights trailing by eight, 18-10. Heights looked poised and ready to make a comeback.
The Lady Tigers came out of the locker room refreshed and on point. Burke, Moore, Elicia Jackson and Presleigh York combined for 18 points in the third quarter, reeling off a 9-0 run in the quarter’s final 3:24 to give Belton a 36-18 lead. York punctuated the streak with a three-point dagger at the horn.
The fourth quarter registered much of the same tone that the third quarter supplied. Belton extended their lead to 23 points with 5:18 to play, 44-21. Heights scored the last seven points of the game, but came up short by 16 points.
Moore led all scorers with 15 points and Burke added 10.
“I don’t feel like we were communicating as much and I don’t feel that we are at our best yet,” Belton head coach Brenda Gomez said. “It is the second game of district, so it is going to get better. We were able to switch defense from one zone into another zone and be able to change things the way they looked a little bit. As far as giving up zero points in the first quarter, there were some threes that they took if they wanted. I’m pleased with our efforts for the most part.”
Wall had 11 points for Heights.
“Not being to score in that first quarter was all of the difference in the game,” Harker Heights head coach Shirretha Nelson said. “We played better in the second quarter. We held them to three points at one point. We have really had a difficult season to this point. We have had a lot of changes.”
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