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Harker Heights Evening Star

Lady Knights hold off late Belton rally in 42-36 win

Tony Adams, 

Sports Editor

The Harker Heights Lady Knights hosted the Belton Lady Tigers in their first meeting of the 2017-2018 District 8-6A schedule on Tuesday night at Knights Gym.

Both teams started off sluggish before the Lady Knights took a 10-point lead with five minutes to play. Belton went on an 11-2 and pulled to within a point, but Harker Heights held on for a 42-36 win.

The loss dropped Belton to 9-8 on the season and 0-2 in District 8-6A action.

Harker Heights improved to 13-5 overall and 1-1 in district play.

Destiny Pemberton started the scoring for Heights with a three-pointer 54 seconds into the game. It was followed by Brielle Dorsey’s jumper 45 seconds later to put the Lady Knights up 5-0.

Keilee Burke netted the first field goal of the game for the Lady Tigers with 5:36 to play in the quarter.

Both teams shared a scoring drought before Emri Lovell’s drive to the paint and basket with 1:51 to go in the opening quarter forced Belton head coach Brenda Gomez to take a timeout.

Fifty-one seconds after the break, Elisa Priddy hit a three-pointer to draw the Lady Tigers to within two points and Presleigh York’s three-pointer gave Belton its first lead of the game with eight seconds left in the first quarter, 10-8.

Kiara Young’s three-pointer at the buzzer gave Heights an 11-10 lead going into the second quarter.

Priddy’s three-pointer and Burke’s put back basket gave Belton a 13-10 lead. Dorsey and Celise Bobbitt combined for three successful free throws to tie the game at 13-13.

Burke and Nia Williams each hit a free three throw to put the Lady Tigers up two points. Young hit her second three-pointer to give Heights the lead again with 1:36 to play in the half.

Abby Harrison took a feed from York and her drive for a basket gave Belton a 17-16 advantage.

Heights got a pair of successful free throws from Angelica Brown and a jumper from Bobbitt for the last points of the quarter, as the Lady Knights led 20-17 at the break.

York’s three-pointer 55 seconds into the second half tied the game at 20-20. It stayed tied until Bobbitt scored a field goal with 4:55 to go in the quarter.

No player scored a field goal for the remainder of the quarter, as Heights led 24-23 going into the fourth quarter.

Dorsey opened the scoring with a field goal for Heights, as they went of an 11-2 run over the first three minutes. As Pemberton completed the run with a three-pointer, the Lady Knights led 35-25.

Burke and Natasha Blizzard combined for 11 points in an 11-2 run which covered 3:27, as Belton cut the deficit to one point with 1:33 to play, 37-36.

Dorsey hit the last five points for the Lady Knights, as late turnovers and fouls plagued the Lady Tigers comeback.

Burke led all scorers with 16 points. Priddy and York had six points, Blizzard had five points, Harrison had two points and Williams had one point. The Lady Tigers shot 8-of-15 from the line.

Dorsey had 14 points for the Lady Knights. Bobbitt added eight points, Young chipped in seven points and Pemberton had six points.

Belton will travel to Killeen to play the Lady Roos on Friday night. Harker Heights travel to Hewitt on Friday night to take on the Midway Pantherettes.

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