Copperas Cove vs DeSoto Bi-District Playoffs Girls Basketball

Copperas Cove's Erica Powell (54) drives to the basket against DeSoto in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at McLennan Community College in Waco.

The Lady Bulldawgs capped off their season with some lofty recognition, and Erica Powell ended her career with an impressive distinction.

Five Copperas Cove players landed on the recently released 8-6A All-District Teams, including Powell, who was named defensive player of the year after helping the Lady Bulldawgs place third in the standings.

A pair of Powell’s teammates were placed on the first team.

Junior guard Madison Griffon and sophomore forward Kaysha McCloud occupied two of the 12 spots on the list, while fellow Copperas Cove starters Madisen Honea, a sophomore guard, and Jayda Carter, a junior guard, were on the second team.

The Lady Bulldawgs (21-9, 10-4) also produced a pair of honorable mentions in senior guard Mariyah Reynolds and sophomore guard Leah Powell.

District champion Ellison earned three superlatives as senior Cielo McClain was named most valuable player, while sophomore Alina Simon split the newcomer of the year award with Waco Midway sophomore Shamaryah Duncan. Additionally, Sherry McKinnon was given the title of coach of the year.

Pantherettes senior JaNaiya Davis received the honor of offensive player of the year.

Reynolds, Honea, Leah Powell and Destiny Miller were each placed on the academic all-district list for Copperas Cove as well.


The Bulldawgs opened their season Monday with a 10-4 victory at home against Temple.

With inclement weather causing concern, the game was moved forward one day, but Copperas Cove was prepared, scoring four runs in the second inning before adding two more in the third to open a 6-1 advantage.

The Wildcats pulled within three runs, 6-3, following a two-run fifth inning, but the Bulldawgs responded with four runs in the bottom half of the inning to take complete control.

Jaylen Smith was 1 for 2 (triple) with a run and two RBIs, while teammates Tyler Ingram, Nick Izquierdo and Brian Hodges each scored twice for Copperas Cove.

Cameron Johnson earned the pitching victory, throwing six strikeouts in two innings of work.

The Bulldawgs’ home tournament scheduled for this weekend was cancelled due to the recent heavy rainfall.


The Lady Bulldawgs fell to 3-5 on the season following a 4-2 loss against China Spring on Monday.

Copperas Cove will continue play at the three-day Academy tournament this weekend before opening its district schedule Tuesday at home against Midway.


The locations were different, but the results were the same as Midway earned a sweep against Copperas Cove.

Playing on the road, the Lady Bulldawgs lost 3-0 to the Pantherettes, while the Bulldawgs fell at home 3-0 to the Panthers.

Both teams will look to rebound tonight as each travels to San Angelo Central. The boys are set to play at 5:30 p.m. with the girls following.


The Bulldawgs placed fourth at last weekend’s Bulldawg Relays, while the Lady Bulldawgs were sixth at the meet.

Harker Heights earned the team championship in each division.

Copperas Cove’s gold-medal winners include Neyland Block (6 feet, 0 inches, high jump) and Kyle Stifflemire (15-0, pole vault) for the Bulldawgs and Aidan Chace (5-5, high jump) for the Lady Bulldawgs.

Both teams are scheduled to compete in Saturday’s Belton Big Red Relays.


Gavin Glick and Jalen Nix earned the championship in boys doubles at last week’s Dawg Classic, while teammates Ari Diaz and Noah Samarippa were third.

In girls doubles, Alyssa Gonzalez and Zamira Manuel placed fourth, and Ben Fernandez finished fourth in boys singles.

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