The Bulldawgs extended their winning streak to 12 games by opening District 8-6A play with a one-sided 104-73 victory against visiting San Angelo Central last week.
Justus Honea, a senior, led Copperas Cove offensively, posting a career-high 31 points, including seven 3-pointers, in the win.
The Bulldawgs dominated from the beginning, holding a 36-18 lead following the first quarter before inflating their cushion to 30 points, 83-53, by the conclusion of the third quarter.
Copperas Cove center Tyrese Taylor complemented Honea’s performance by scoring 16 points and grabbing eight rebounds, while teammates Frank Alvarado and Jonathan Wolverton added 12 points and 10 points, respectively.
Due to the holiday break, the Bulldawgs will not play another district game until Jan. 2, when they travel to play No. 18 Ellison.
The Eagles also collected a district-opening victory, beating Shoemaker 56-48. Waco Midway defeated Harker Heights 60-45 and Killeen beat Belton 69-60 to join Copperas Cove and Ellison atop the early district standings.
Prior to resuming district play, the Bulldawgs will compete in the three-day Mike Smith Victoria Classic, beginning Thursday.
The tournament’s field consists of host schools Victoria West and Victoria East, Corpus Christi King, Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial, Austin, Boling and Tomball.
Fall sports, including football, volleyball, cross country and team tennis, are over for Copperas Cove, and currently, it might seem like boys and girls basketball are the only high school athletics going.
But it will not be like that for long, because spring sports are quickly approaching.
In addition to basketball, the wrestling schedule is now under way, and outdoor sports are not far behind.
Soccer teams are in the midst of preseason practices with scrimmages being permitted beginning Wednesday. The first day for regular season matches is Jan. 4.
The softball season will be upon us soon after with the first day of practices beginning on Jan. 19. Scrimmages can take place starting Jan. 29, and the regular season will open Feb. 12.
Baseball will follow a week later with Jan. 26 serving as the first day of practice. Scrimmages will be allowed beginning Feb. 5 and the first day for games is Feb. 19.
Additionally, track and field, golf and tennis seasons are set to begin around the same time with all three sports’ state meets scheduled for May.