Lone Star entered Tuesday looking to shake things up and potentially create a three-way tie for first place.
Liberty had other ideas.
The Redhawks, the No. 2 team in both the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches and TXHSGBB.com Class 5A state polls, got off to a strong start and held off a push to claim a 41-34 victory.
Liberty remains the lone undefeated team in 9-5A, improving to 8-0, while the Rangers fall to 6-2.
The Redhawks led 11-5 at the end of one quarter and then held Lone Star to three points in the second to open a 21-8 halftime lead.
The Rangers made a push in the third quarter, using a 12-5 spurt to make it close, but Liberty was able to make the plays down the stretch to preserve the victory.
Jazzy Owens-Barnett paced the Redhawks with 14 points, Kamen Wong scored 10 and Ashley Anderson and Za’Naiha Hensley each added six.
Memorial, the No. 3 team in the TXHSGBB.com poll and No. 4 in the TABC rankings, remained one game off the leading pace, moving to 7-1 with a 70-46 victory over Frisco (4-4).
The Warriors started strong, using a 18-8 run in the first quarter to open a double-digit lead and pushing that advantage to 31-12 by halftime.
Memorial kept the Raccoons at arm’s length in the second half, behind 18 points each from Brynn Lusby and Jasmyn Lott and nine from Jordan Conerly. Jordan Wright and Abby Terry each had 14 points to lead Frisco, with Mylee Gunn also in double figures with 11.
Reedy (6-2) moved into a tie for third place with a 54-37 victory over Independence (3-5).
The game was close early on, with the Lions clinging to a slim 21-20 advantage at the half. Reedy opened things up in the third quarter, outscoring the Knights 21-10 and they pulled away from there.
Heritage has had some frustrating moments, but took some of that out on Tuesday, picking up its first district victory with a 48-35 win over Centennial (2-6).
The Coyotes (1-7) led 22-17 at halftime and were able to steadily pull away in the second half.
Lexi Harrison had a big game for Heritage with 20 points, with Liz Ocampo and Giovanna Castro each chipping in with six. The Titans got 14 points from Kataki Bakre, eight from Kayla Boswell and seven from Julene Elkhatib.
Lebanon Trail improved to 2-6 with a 53-49 victory at the expense of Wakeland, who fell to 1-7.
The game was tight throughout, but the Trail Blazers led 28-25 at halftime and made that stand out until the end.
That offset nice games for the Wolverines from Taiyla Gonzalez, who had 23 points, and Kendall Garbrecht, who recorded 13 points and 14 rebounds.
The first half of the 9-5A season comes to a close on Friday with a big game when Liberty looks for a 9-0 record, but most go on the road to take on Reedy.
Memorial is at home against Independence, Heritage hosts Lebanon Trail in a clash of two teams looking to build off wins, Lone Star looks to bounce back against Centennial and Frisco takes on Wakeland.