Austin Martin scored a career-high 25 points Wednesday night as the Badgers beat Taylor 71-54.

Including his 10-for-10 free-throw shooting, Martin helped Lampasas compensate for an injury that hampered Kyle Sims for much of the second half.

The Badgers broke a three-game district losing streak and climbed back into the heart of the 19-4A playoff race, at 2-3, 18-8 overall.

Sims, who averages more than a dozen points per game, made three three-pointers in the first half Wednesday.

Sage Thompson earned a silver medal in the Dublin powerlifting meet on Saturday, competing in the 97-pound weight class.

Thompson had the Lady Hornets’ best finish in the meet, which was their season opener. She squatted 135, benchpressed 65 and deadlifted 165 for a 365-pound total.

Savannah Simerly placed fifth in the 105-pound weight class, totaling 295. Nikayla Waller placed fourth in the 132 weight class, totaling 515 pounds. Courtney Crain also competed.

Despite better defensive pressure than in the first district meeting, the Lometa Lady Hornets lost again to Blanket on Tuesday.

Blanket’s 51-21 win at home kept the Lady Tigers in the running for the 19-1A lead, with only one district loss. The Lady Tigers are 16-5 overall, 3-1 in district play.

In the first round of district play, the Lady Tigers beat the Lady Hornets 53-12.

Lometa girls’ coach Frank Reyes III said overall in this week’s rematch, his team “played much better defensively” compared to the Dec. 12 game.

Taylor’s scoring came to a grinding halt Wednesday after the girls came within three points of Lampasas in the third quarter. The Lady Badgers went on to win 49-22 fueled by a 22-0 streak that stretched into the fourth quarter.

The game, postponed from Tuesday due to the threat of wintry weather, broke Lampasas’ three-game losing streak.

Diane Hurst scored 15 points for the Lady Badgers, and Jelecia Magee added 14.

Paige Linney scored eight, including three pointers, as she is becoming a more consistent outside-shooting threat for the team.

Lampasas had a couple of rough games in the Fredericksburg girls’ soccer tournament last week.

The Lady Badgers lost 2-0 to St. Mary’s Hall on Thursday. On Friday, Lampasas faced the defending regional finalist Wimberley Lady Texans and lost 8-0.

Wimberley improved to 6-0 this season with a sweep of the tournament, according to maxpreps.

“We finished our long tournament against Holy Cross, where we had Cheyenne Laneer score early on to put them on their heels,” LHS coach Kiff Wiemers said.

Laneer’s goal was the only one of the game for either team.

The Badgers pulled within one point of Liberty Hill in the third quarter of Friday’s game before losing 67-49.

The Panthers (4-0 in district) played fast and aggressive defense, making it hard for the Badgers to use their signature strength of controlling the tempo and transition game.

Lampasas dropped to 1-3 in district basketball with its third straight loss.

Lampasas head coach Aaron Nuckles said the Panthers’ style, including their press defense, is “mentally and physically taxing.”

The Badgers faced another round of tough competition from large schools in the Akins Cup soccer tournament Thursday and Friday.

“In our first match we played a very well-organized San Marcos team,” Lampasas head coach Ryan Race said. “With injuries and the flu bug, we were down players, but we came out playing hard. Unfortunately, we fell 0-4.”

On Friday, the Seguin Matadors defeated Lampasas 3-1.

Lampasas could not recover from a double-digit deficit in the first quarter of district basketball action against Burnet. The visiting Lady Bulldogs (4-1 in district) led 19-8 after one period and won 54-30 Tuesday night in Lampasas.

The Lady Bulldogs have five straight victories -- including their last four district contests -- after losing to No. 1 Liberty Hill in December. The Lady Badgers have dropped two in a row after previously going on a seven-game winning streak.

Marissa Escamilla, a Tarleton State University commit, led Burnet with 23 points on Tuesday.

Lampasas dropped a low-scoring match 1-0 to Killeen Shoemaker in the boys’ soccer home opener on Tuesday.

The Badgers (0-4 at press time) have played only Conference 5A and 6A teams so far, and they face more large-classification schools this week in the Austin Akins Cup.

Against the Grey Wolves on Tuesday, “we came out playing very well and owned possession of the ball,” Badgers’ head coach Ryan Race said. “Unfortunately we missed our opportunities and had one mental breakdown in the back.”

The Badgers have lost two district games by a combined four points, including a 55-53 defeat at the hands of Burnet on Tuesday.

It’s still early in district, but the urgency to pick up some wins is starting to sink in for the Badgers. The stakes for tonight’s game at Liberty Hill are similar to those of Tuesday’s rivalry game.

“Will it make or break the season? No,” Lampasas head coach Aaron Nuckles said. “It sure would be big to get a win … If we don’t win one of those big ones sooner or later, they are [all] gonna be labeled as do-or-die.”

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