By Alex Byington
The Cove Herald
Sarai Rodriguez led a balanced scoring attack with 13 points to help the Lady Dawgs win on the road 48- 29 over Belton.
Mikayla Blount made a pair of 3-pointers and finished with nine points for Cove (18-10, 5-3 12-5A). Three other Lady Dawgs each added eight points.
Torie Henderson led Belton (7-19, 1-7) with 10 points.
Harker Heights 66, Copperas Cove 26 - At Harker Heights, the eighth-ranked Harker Heights Lady Knights blasted visiting Copperas Cove 66-26 to close out the first half of District 12-5A still unscathed last Friday night.
It was another complete game from the Lady Knights (27-0, 7-0 12-5A), as four players hit double figures in scoring, led by a pair of double-doubles from Jeter (17 points and 12 rebounds) and junior 6-footer Brianna Freeman (12 points, 12 boards). Jackson chipped in 12 points and four assists to go with two blocks and two steals, while senior Brianna Golden added 10 points.
The offensive focus paid off as Heights outrebounded Cove 41-24 overall with 25 boards coming on the offensive end as the Lady Knights attempted 28 more shots than their opponents (69-to-41).
Also helping matters was a poor shooting effort from the Lady Dawgs, who finished just 10-of-41 from the floor.
Leading 14-2 after the opening quarter, with Cove (17-10, 4-3) missing its first nine field goal attempts, the Lady Knights followed a jumper from Sarai Rodriguez - the Lady Dawgs' first made-basket - with a quick inlet pass from Brianna Golden to Jeter with six minutes left in the first half. Then Jackson's defensive prowess began to take over.
After blocking a shot at the top of the key, Jackson raced down the court as senior guard Shanice Davis gathered the loose ball and quickly fed the speedy junior for a fastbreak layup and an 18-4 lead with 5:43 to play.
Struggling from deep, missing her first four 3-point attempts, Jackson struck an early gut-punch to the Lady Dawgs when she nailed a trey from the left corner with 27 seconds left to play in the first half.
Of course, Jackson wasn't finished. She immediately stole Cove's ensuing inbounds pass under the basket, feeding a charging Alexus Dukes for a layup 10 seconds later, and then did it once more for good measure, this time taking it herself and drawing the foul, draining a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left to make it 34-10 at halftime.