Gatesville High School junior Tyler Shea scored 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds Tuesday to pace the Hornets in a 54-43 home loss to the Taylor Ducks.

The Hornets (5-7) will travel to Little River Academy for a tournament, Dec. 9-11.

Against Taylor, the Hornets trailed 19-17 at halftime before the Ducks erupted for an 18-11 third quarter run.

With 51 seconds left in the third quarter, Shea hit a follow shot to cut into the lead at 35-28.

Rayshon Smith, who finished with six points, had a key steal with 3:37 left in the game to pull the Hornets to within three at 44-41.

Smith scored two more for the Hornets’ only points in the final three minutes.

Xavier Green and Conner Cobb led the Ducks with 13 points apiece.

“Team is getting better and coming together,’’ Gatesville coach Brit Campbell said. “Last night we came into the game overconfident after playing better teams and playing better in the Salado tournament, and we didn’t play the way we are capable of, and had an off night. We need to learn that we have to show up and play to win every game. Tyler (Shea) has had great moments where he steps up and makes something happen for us. Carter (Williams) is playing well all-around both ends of the court.’’

Against Taylor, Williams had seven points and seven rebounds. Jack Carroll also had seven rebounds.

For the season, Shea is averaging 16.6 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. Carroll is averaging 13.2 points and 4.0 rebounds. Williams is averaging 11.1 points and 7.1 rebounds. Smith is averaging 4.4 rebounds.

In the Salado Tournament, the Hornets won four of five games.

Following are the tournament results:

Gatesville 46, China Spring 45: The Hornets led 19-18 at halftime.

Williams scored 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Carroll scored 16 points, and Shea had six rebounds.

Salado 58, Gatesville 50: Carroll scored 21 points (7-of-11 on 3-pointers) and grabbed eight rebounds. Shea had eight points and eight rebounds. Williams had seven points and nine rebounds. Trae Miller added seven points.

Gatesville 57, Geronimo Navarro 32: Shea scored 25 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Carroll had nine points. Williams grabbed seven rebounds.

Gatesville 48, LASA 30: Tyler Shea scored 12 points in the win over Liberal Arts and Science Academy of Austin.

Smith and Carroll combined for 17 points.

Gatesville 64, Bastrop 55: Carroll scored 25 points and Shea added 20 points in the third-place game.