Lometa junior high basketball players, from left, Luis Hernandez, Leonel Caso, Jeremiah Valenzuela, Tim Juarez, Alonso Caso, Lane Evans, Zackary Martin, D.J. Smart, Dyllen Workmon and Elijah Gonzales, shown with coach Frank Reyes II, won the Cherokee tournament on Saturday.

Gustine earned a much-needed win, 40-34, over the Lometa Hornets in varsity boys’ basketball Tuesday night.

The Hornets led by six with about 3:00 left in the game, but their 8-for-25 freethrow shooting made the difference in Gustine’s favor, Lometa coach Frank Reyes II said.

In terms of points allowed, the Badgers’ 61-34 win over Salado on Friday was their secondbest defensive game. But for overall defensive execution, Aaron Nuckles considered it the best all season.

The Lady Badgers once again used a big third quarter to swing momentum in their favor on Friday night. They defeated Salado 49-36 after taking the lead with a 12-0 third-quarter run.

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.

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.

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 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.

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