For the second time this season, Copperas Cove lost to Ellison by two points, falling to the Lady Eagles 72-70 on Tuesday after the Lady Bulldawgs used five 3-pointers to rally out of a 68-53 hole in the final three minutes.
The loss drops Copperas Cove’s District 8-5A record to 6-6 (16-11 overall), putting the Lady Bulldawgs one game outside the playoff picture with two contests remaining in the regular season, including tonight’s game at Temple.
On Tuesday, Copperas Cove’s first-year head coach Eldridge McAdams talked with the Herald’s Clay Whittington.
I know it wasn’t the outcome you wanted, but how did you feel the team played?
We competed. I’m happy but not satisfied. We’ve got to be consistent in our play. We jump on them and allow certain things to happen that we can’t allow like turnovers. They were getting to the paint with ease tonight, and we can’t allow that to happen. We didn’t finish a lot of shots that we should have finished at the basket.
Your girls kept fighting to the end, though. That’s what you want to see, right?
They didn’t quit, and that’s why I’m pleased. But, at the same time, it’s just one of those things where a call here or a call there could have made the difference. I’ve been thinking in my mind about how I was going to call a timeout, but then we’d do something and lose possession. … Just little things like that. Overall, we are satisfied, but not happy. Nobody likes losing, but we always have to look at ourselves and see things that we could work on or could have changed and just go back to work. We dug a hole when district started, and we are down but not out. We’ve just got to regroup over these last two games because they are going to be crucial. We’ve got to focus on Temple on Friday. That is going to be a real big game.
Ellison junior Jordanna Porter scored the game-winning basket on an uncontested layup off an inbound pass under her own basket with about 10 seconds left. What did you see on that play?
We lost sight of her, and her basketball IQ is pretty high. She knows where to get to and where to be. She got around behind us, we focused (on the wrong things) and she got a layup. You practice that situation, you teach it, but it is a different thing when it is in a game.
She also scored off an offensive rebound to put Ellison up 53-49 after you fought from a double-digit deficit to tie it 49-49. Did that play steal any of your momentum?
I’m not going to say that because we got the momentum back. But if we get that rebound, then we come down and we take the lead, and now we’ve got a different ballgame. Instead of us coming down and having a chance to go up, we go back down after we worked to cut their lead down. We just could never get over the hump. We got right there, but we could never get over. So, I guess you can say it never allowed the momentum to come because we never got that swing on that play. That was one thing that we preached on — you have to box out.
So, it is what it is, and we’ve just got to regroup. It’s tough, no coach likes to lose, but, at the same time, we fought. They know we were here. We would have liked to have gotten that one. It would have been sweet, and it would have given us a little less work to do, but we’ve just got to go to work.