Brittany Gamble is ready for revenge.
Copperas Cove’s start to District 8-5A play was full of stumbling blocks, and perhaps none haunt the Lady Bulldawgs more than their 52-40 home loss to Belton before Christmas.
A second-half collapse allowed Belton to gain its first District 8-5A victory, and Copperas Cove is still trying to recover.
With a 64-58 victory against Midway on Tuesday evening, the Lady Bulldawgs have won four games in a row and are sitting just outside the playoff picture, but Gamble still wants payback.
“Once a team beats you, you’ve got to go back at them 10 times harder,” the senior said. “So, our mindset is we are going to fight.”
The Lady Bulldawgs appear to have overcome some of the obstacles that caused them to lose five of their first six district games, beating Midway 64-58 on Tuesday after a last-second turnover led to a one-point defeat on the Pantherettes’ home floor.
While there is still a lot of work to do before Copperas Cove (15-10, 5-5) can secure a second consecutive playoff berth, first-year head coach Eldridge McAdams is seeing everything he wants to from his team.
“We are starting to peak,” he said. “We are building momentum, and that is important, especially during the second half of district. So, if we can ride this wave all the way out, that would be great.”
Copperas Cove trailed the Pantherettes just three times all game, outscoring Midway 10-2 to conclude the game after falling behind 56-54 with approximately two minutes remaining.
Junior guard Mikayla Blount led the Lady Bulldawgs with 16 points, 14 rebounds and three assists, while Gamble added a dozen points in the victory, including eight in the fourth quarter.
Like Gamble, Blount is ready to get back at Belton even though she missed the first game due to personal reasons.
“I just hope we come out hard and get what we came for – a win,” she said.
Belton has only won twice since beating Copperas Cove and enters the game with a 3-7 district record after losing to Temple 41-28 on Tuesday, but McAdams is not at ease.
“This is crucial,” he said. “Every game (from now on) is pretty much a playoff game because we can’t allow one to slip away.”