Eldridge McAdams knew what to expect, and there was still no countering it.
Class 6A No. 14 DeSoto opened its playoff run Tuesday with an offensive flurry, scoring 14 of the game’s first 18 points, and Copperas Cove never completely recovered, losing 63-50 at Waco’s McLennan Community College.
Despite understanding the Lady Eagles’ capabilities, the Lady Bulldawgs’ head coach admitted his team was simply overwhelmed early.
“They came out and did everything I told my girls they were going to do,” McAdams said. “DeSoto shot lights out in the first half.
“They came out, and they were on fire.”
The Lady Eagles made 10 of 18 field-goal attempts in the first quarter, constructing a 23-10 cushion before inflating it to 41-17 at halftime.
In the third quarter, however, the roles were reversed.
Led by junior Madison Griffon’s seven points in the period, Copperas Cove (21-9) outscored DeSoto 20-10, missing just two of its 10 shots, and in the fourth quarter, the Lady Bulldawgs pulled within single digits, 48-57.
But the Lady Eagles closed the game with a 6-2 run, ending Copperas Cove’s season.
Griffon scored a team-high 13 points and had four assists in the loss, while teammate Jayda Carter scored 11 points, and sophomore forward Kaysha McCloud finished with eight point and six rebounds.
“We came out and played our game in the second half,” McAdams said, “and we turned up our defense.
“When you play defense, it leads to offensive opportunities, and it started on the defensive end for us.
The Bulldawgs lost their season finale 64-55 at Waco Midway on Tuesday.
The defeat was Copperas Cove’s 13th consecutive after opening the season 22-1, leaving them last in the District 8-6A standings.
The Lady Bulldawgs opened their season Tuesday with a 9-4 loss at Marble Falls.
After opening the contest with a first-inning run, Copperas Cove saw its lead quickly evaporate as the Lady Mustangs recorded three runs in the bottom of the inning.
Then, after each team scored in the second inning, Marble Falls took control with a five-run third inning.
Both teams finished with nine hits, but the Lady Bulldawgs committed 11 errors.
Kristen Wasiak led Copperas Cove with three hits, while teammates Addie Cook and Brooke Schmidt each hit a double.
The Lady Bulldawgs, who are competing in the Whitney-Grandview tournament this weekend, will play their home opener Monday against China Spring at 7 p.m.
At Bulldawg Stadium, the Lady Bulldawgs defeated Killeen 2-1 thanks in part to a pair of assists from Kailey Walker.
Walker set up teammate Donna Cheaney for the first goal before finding Jordan Siebel on the second.
Playing on the road, the Bulldawgs finished in a 1-1 tie with Killeen as Caleb Honts scored a goal off an assist from Caden Chapman.
TRACK & FIELD
Copperas Cove won its season-opening meet, edging Mansfield by half a point at the Crabtree Invitational.
With 51.5 points, the Bulldawgs narrowly claimed the gold medal in the weather-shortened meet, which was limited to field events and the 3,200-meter run.
Kyle Stifflemire (pole vault), Tommy Connell (long jump), Micah Hawkes (triple jump) and Jaylon Brown (discus) captured first-place finishes for Copperas Cove.