Eldridge McAdams does not want a repeat performance.
Earlier in the season, Copperas Cove easily handled Manor during an encounter at the Lady Bulldawgs’ home tournament, beating the Lady Mustangs by 17 points, 55-38.
Tonight, the squads play again, but simply producing another one-sided showing will not satisfy Copperas Cove’s head coach.
“We didn’t play a full game the first time,” McAdams said. “We missed some free throws, and we had too many free throws, so we definitely want to eliminate the things we did wrong the first time.”
One significant change for the Lady Bulldawgs will be having senior forward Chyanne Chapman in the lineup.
As a member of Copperas Cove’s volleyball team, Chapman was competing in the playoffs when the Lady Bulldawgs first met Manor, and McAdams expects the addition to be significant.
“They’ve got an inside presence,” he said, “so, we’ve got to be able to box out and do some things to disrupt her game.”
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Copperas Cove (9-5) is coming off a 69-46 victory against Granbury on Tuesday.
After jumping out to an 11-0 run, the Lady Bulldawgs allowed the Lady Pirates to rally, pulling within four points by halftime.
But Granbury could not complete the comeback.
The Lady Bulldawgs made some key halftime adjustments and cruised to the win behind sophomore guard Oni Boodoo’s team-high 16 points.
“She’s a big scoring threat,” McAdams said, “and she had six or seven rebounds to go with that.
“She was shooting from the outside, grabbing rebounds for putbacks and shooting 3-pointers, so she is definitely a girl who can really play all over the court.”
Tonight’s contest will serve as the final warmup before Copperas Cove opens District 8-6A play next Friday at home against Belton.