BELTON — Copperas Cove did not start the way head coach Teresa Durham wanted, but she could not complain about the way her team finished.

After taking a 27-24 lead into halftime, the Lady Bulldawgs found themselves tied 29-29 with Belton early in the third quarter.

But Copperas Cove scored 11 unanswered points and pushed its lead to 16-points, 50-34, early in the fourth quarter en route to a 57-45 victory.

“We came out a little sluggish tonight, but in the second half we talked about doing what we do, and they got on a roll,” Durham said. “We talked about everyone doing their role and the bench helped build that momentum and excitement. It was just great team play.”

Copperas Cove senior Shawnte’ Goff did not play in the first quarter due to missing a practice, but finished with a game-high 18 points, including nine in the third quarter, when she made three of four shots.

The guard added three rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal as the Lady Bulldawgs improved their District 8-5A record to 4-0 (15-4 overall).

“She is just a hard kid to defend,” Durham said. “When you try to deny her, we’ve got other kids who can step up and shoot the ball.”

Jasmin Johsnon finished with nine points, while Angel Mullen added eight for the Lady Bulldawgs, who had seven players score at least five points in the win. Emily Hugo scored a team-high 16 points for Belton (7-14, 0-4) and posted a game-high seven assists.

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