The halftime speeches were not working. So Billy White Jr. did away with them.
After suffering through numerous sluggish third quarters, Copperas Cove’s head coach eliminated going into the locker room during halftime, opting instead to keep his team loose by shooting around at intermission.
The strategy is working.
The Bulldawgs have won four consecutive games, including Friday’s 108-45 victory against Temple, and are currently in sole possession of fourth place in the District 8-5A standings.
“I don’t like going in the locker room because we have a history of coming out of the locker room and not having a good third quarter,” White said. “That is something we stopped doing a little while back, and it is something that is kind of working for us.”
While no halftime adjustments were needed against the Wildcats on Friday, as Copperas Cove held a commanding 53-21 advantage following the second quarter, the same might not be true Tuesday as the Bulldawgs travel to face Class 5A No. 13 Harker Heights.
The Knights escaped Copperas Cove with a 66-55 victory in the first encounter — a loss the Bulldawgs are eager to avenge.
“We’ll be ready,” Copperas Cove guard Montre’ Williams said. “This is what we’ve been waiting for.”
Williams is coming off a 30-point outburst against Temple, connecting on 10 of 14 shot attempts, including seven 3-pointers, to help the Bulldawgs improve to 15-13 overall and 6-5 in district.
Copperas Cove needs the senior to remain hot during the final three games of the regular season as the Bulldawgs look to secure a second consecutive postseason appearance after experiencing a five-year drought, but it will not be easy.
The Bulldawgs play the district’s three best teams to conclude the season, traveling to Harker Heights before hosting Killeen on Friday and ending at Shoemaker.
White understands the stretch will be challenging.
“We’re going to have to get down and fight,” he said. “We know it is going to be tough every night. Regardless of who it is, it is going to be a tough ballgame, and we’ve got to be sure we’re up and we’re ready to match their intensity.”
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