BELTON – Find a way to win. That’s what Midway girls basketball coach Ben Holder has implored his team to do.
The Pantherettes are listening.
13th-ranked Midway showed superior poise in pulling out a tight road win over rival Belton, 50-46, on Tuesday night in District 8-6A action. The Pantherettes (28-4 overall, 10-2 in district) are still in the running for the district title with two regular-season games to play, trailing Ellison by one game.
The game was close throughout, including tied at 21 at the half. Midway clung to a 46-43 lead late after a Belton 3-pointer. But Ja’Naiya Davis hit a pair of clutch free throws and Madison Burns also had a late basket to help ice the win for the Pantherettes.
Davis scored 20 points to top Midway. Caleyah Burrell showed a knack for drawing fouls and hit 7-of-10 free throws on her way to 11 points.
A&M Consolidated 46
Four Lady Trojans scored in double figures in a high-scoring, blowout win over the Lady Tigers in District 18-5A play.
Desirae Mathis led all scorers with 20 points for University, now 11-14 overall and 7-3 in district. Sheridan Gamble and Elaina Tate scored 17 apiece, while Lyric McGowan added 12.
La Vega 58,
Sophomore Jaurne Hubert put on a shooting exhibition as the Lady Pirates outlasted the Rockettes.
Hubert went 6-for-13 on 3-pointers on her way to a game-high 21 points. La Vega (14-14 overall, 5-5 in District 17-4A) made nine treys for the game.
The Lady Pirates also received some typically strong post play from senior Ta’Naiya Norwood, who produced 17 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots.
China Spring 61, Connally 49
Gabby Cleveland led three Lady Cougars in double digits with 19 points as China Spring rebounded from a loss the last time out to get back on the winning track.
Senior point guard Alex Perkins hit for 14 points for China Spring (24-8 overall, 8-2 in 17-4A), while Summer Emblem added 11.
Connally (20-12, 4-6) was led by Miannah Little’s 22 points.
Allaria Jones pumped in 16 points as the Hornets rolled past Hillsboro.
#23 Mexia 46,
MEXIA – Kiki Keith tickled the nets on her way to 14 points as No. 23 Mexia doubled up their old rivals.
Oasis Keener chipped in 10 for the LadyCats, now 22-7 on the season.
Valley Mills 27
The Lady Pirates’ powerful voyage through the waters rolled on with a blowout win over the Lady Eagles.
Anne Williams led all scorers with 21 and Peyton Elmore chipped in 14.
Waco High 54,
College Station 48
A.J. West’s 14 points helped the Lions even up their District 18-5A record with a gritty win over the visiting Cougars.
Waco High (17-12, 4-4) also got nine points from Jordan Fuller and eight each from Ty’ric Crosby and Jimmy Veal.
#23 Midway 58,
Anthony Scott dropped in 16 points as the district-leading and No. 23 Panthers cruised over rival Belton at home.
Ricky Lacy tossed in 13 points and Diego Gonzalez scored 10 as Midway improved to 22-8 overall and 9-1 in District 8-6A. The Panthers will host Shoemaker on Friday night.
Rosebud-Lott 74, Bosqueville 60
Jeremy Truesdale’s 22 points spurred the Cougars to an upset win over Bosqueville, as the Bulldogs dropped their first district game in 10 outings.
Truesdale also had some solid scoring assistance from Keith Finan (17 points) and Jaquarion Johnson (15). Rosebud-Lott improved to 17-12 overall and 6-4 in the district.
Tyler Webb topped Bosqueville (9-1 in district) with 19 points.
Mexia 55, Fairfield 52
MEXIA – Chris Matthews hit for 20 points as the Blackcats pulled out a tight one over the Eagles.
Tyrod Griffin added 12 points for Mexia, while Fairfield was led by Jaise Oliver’s 17 points.