By Tony Adams, Sports Editor
The Belton Lady Tigers answered a second quarter in which they were outscored 18-7 with a 17-7 third quarter. The Lady Tigers could not fully close the gap and fell to Waco Midway 60-57 Tuesday night in Hewitt. Belton fell to 0-5 in District 12-6A play and 11-13 overall. Midway stayed tied with Killeen atop the district with a 4-1 record and improved to 19-6 overall. The teams were tied at 14-14 after the first quarter before the Lady Panther’s 18-7 second quarter gave them a 32-21 lead at halftime.
Belton, behind the hot shooting of Emily Del Real, Aubrianna Garcia and Cammie Moore, collaborated for a 17-7 third quarter to go into the final quarter down by just a point at 39-38.
Midway outscored Belton 21-19 in the fourth quarter to nudge the Lady Tigers at the end by three points. Del Real led the Lady Tigers with 16 points, Garcia had 15 points and Moore added nine points for Belton. The Lady Tigers host Harker Heights Friday night at 7 p.m. at Tiger Gym.
Third quarter run carries Lady Eagles past Belton
The Belton Lady Tigers held a very strong Killeen Ellison Lady Eagles team to just 19 points in the first half and outscored them to just six field goals in the first half.
The Lady Eagles busted out of the locker room on a 13-0 run over the second half’s first 6:10 and held on to down the Lady Tigers 45-31 at Tiger Gym Friday night.
Jordanna Porter and Madison Hattix-Covington each drained three-pointers to jumpstart Ellison to a 6-0 lead just 1:58 into game. Blair Gilbert’s free-throw and Hannah Martin’s back-to-back three pointers set Belton on a 7-0 run, forcing Lady Eagles’ head coach Sherry McKinnon to take a timeout with 3:04 to play in the first half. Porter hit a field goal and Cammie Moore hit a floater to wrap up the scoring in the first quarter, deadlocking the game 9-9 at the end of the quarter.
Jhynae McCray, Tina Jones and Moore started Belton’s scoring in the second quarter, getting the Lady Tigers out on a 5-2 run to start the quarter and give Belton a 14-11 lead. Arriyana Forch, La’Praisjah Johnson, Porter and Hattix-Covington helped Ellison close out the half on a 8-5 clip, tying the game at 19-19.
Hattix-Covington, Bri’anna Gray, Imani Hughes and Johnson led the Lady Eagles on a 13-0 in a span of 4:44. Belton’s first field goal of the half was a pretty floater by McCray off of a ball fake. Gilbert’s two made free throws closed out the rough third quarter for the Lady Tigers, as they were outscored 13-4 for the quarter. Ellison led 32-23 going into the fourth quarter.
Elecia Jackson hit a field goal in the paint to draw the Lady Tigers to within seven points at 32-25 just 20 seconds into the fourth quarter. C.C. McClain traded baskets with Kaitlyn Jones to keep the game at a seven-point Ellison advantage at 34-27. McClain, Porter, Johnson and Forch combined to close out the game on a 11-4 run over the final 5:50 to improve their record to 19-6 overall and 3-2 in District 12-6A play. Belton dropped to 0-4 in District 12-6A action and 11-11 overall. The team was in the game in the first half, but came out tentative in the second half.
“I think we could have made a big difference in the game if we blocked out, even in the first half,” Belton head coach Brenda Gomez said. “We didn’t block out in the first half, we didn’t block out in the third quarter, we didn’t shoot the ball in the third quarter. I felt some of our kids did a good job attacking, but not enough. They had open shots that they should have taken, but they were looking to pass and we didn’t block out at all.”