Multiple Teams · Dawgs, Roos vying for final spot

C.J. Berryman | Herald staff writer

Harker Heights has had problems holding onto fourth-quarter leads this season, and they almost saw another one get away Friday at Killeen.

The Kangaroos trailed 46-30 with around six minutes left in the final period, but stormed back to within one point with just under a minute left.

Dillon Gooding stood tall for the Knights, however, scoring four of his game-high 23 points down the stretch to help Harker Heights hold off Killeen for a 61-59 triumph.

Gooding was relieved the Knights were able to finish.

“It’s a real good feeling — makes me happy,” he said. “I know we’ve struggled with that all year, and we’re constantly working on that. Coach (Celneque Bobbitt) has constantly been throwing traps at us in practice.

“Every game, it was always a fourth-quarter thing for us. We play how we practice, and we’ve been practicing it a lot. We just had to go get it tonight.”

For the majority of the game, it didn’t look like it would come down to that.