Cove Herald/CATRINA RAWSON - Ellison’s Keneitra Curtis (5) and Jalissa Williams (back) contend for a loose ball with Copperas Cove guard Jessica Best during the Bush’s Chicken Holiday Classic championship game Dec. 30 at Copperas Cove High School.

By Angel Verdejo

The Cove Herald

Both the Bulldawgs and Lady Dawgs were busy at the end of last week, wrapping up play during the holiday break before getting right back into District 12-5A play Tuesday.

Here's a recap on how the Lady Dawgs finish up at the seventh annual Bush's Chicken Holiday Classic and how the Dawgs fared on the road last Friday against Burnet:

Lady Dawgs win third straight Bush's title

Maybe it was because both Ellison and Copperas Cove were playing their fourth game in three days.

Perhaps it was due to both enduring emotionally-draining wins the day before against District 12-5A opponents they'll likely battle the rest of the season.

Whatever it was, the Bush's Chicken Holiday Classic championship on Dec. 30 wasn't pretty for two quarters.

"We had to double check the score at halftime," Cove head coach Preston Flaniken said after the teams combined for just 22 first-half points.

But Cove found a way to pull away from the Lady Eagles in the third quarter and win 43-31 on its home floor. It's the third championship in a row for the Lady Bulldawgs and their fourth in five years.

"I don't know what happened - that's never happened to us," Ellison head coach Sherry McKinnon said of her Lady Eagles not hitting a field goal in the first quarter and shooting 8 percent (2-25) in the first half. "To me, it didn't look like we played very hard."

Despite the abysmal start, Ellison was still in the game - Cove led just 6-2 after one quarter. Both were coming off hard-fought semifinal wins Wednesday and struggled to find any offensive consistency in the first half.

"You're going to run out of gas," Flaniken said. "There's going to be some sloppiness and it just came to a head there at the beginning."

Some offense finally came in the second half. A Traonna Shedrick layup put Cove up 17-7 to start the third quarter before Ellison rolled off seven straight points - the final four on back-to-back Alayshia Hunter lay ups. The second made it 17-14 with 5:33 left in the quarter.

Then Cove followed with its own 7-0 run and held Ellison to one more field goal the rest of the quarter.

From there, the offensive struggles continued for both teams. The difference was the Lady Dawgs got to the foul line and made their shots, hitting 12-of-16 in the fourth quarter.

Shedrick led Cove with 12 points, while Shawnte Goff, chosen as one two Defensive MVPs, had four steals and four blocks. Jasmine Baskin was named Offensive MVP for Cove, while Ocleta Young claimed the honor for the Lady Eagles.

Hunter had a team-high 12 points for Ellison, while Jalissa Williams was also named Defensive MVP.

Dawgs beat Burnet by 32 points

Taking a 29-10 lead in the first quarter last Friday, the Bulldawgs made quick and efficient work of the host Bulldogs, winning a one-sided 65-33 affair.

In preparation for its return to District 12-5A play this week, Cove continued its solid play beyond the arc, shooting six 3s, including two apiece by Ricardo Artis and Cory Scott. Myron Taylor led all scorers with 11 points, while Scott and Artis added 10 and 7, respectively.

"We're playing ourselves into shape, trying to get everything right on our press, and the little things before district starts up again," Cove head coach Billy White said last week after the game.

Contact Angel Verdejo at or (254) 501-7564.

2010 Bush's Chicken Holiday Classic

Offensive MVPs

Jasmine Baskin, Copperas Cove

Ocleta Young, Ellison

Defensive MVPs

Shawnte Goff, Copperas Cove

Jalissa Williams, Ellison

All-Tournament team

Jessica Best, Copperas Cove

Deja Pointer, Ellison

Brianna Freeman, Harker Heights

Eboniey Jeter, Harker Heights

Jasmine Goodwine, Killeen

Loryn Goodwin, Temple

KeTara Chapel, Temple

Kenya Griffin, Victoria East

Ashley Fitzpatrick, San Angelo Central

Kiana Orise, Corpus Christi Moody

Miranda Simpson, Round Rock Stony Point

Marita Moya, Round Rock Westwood

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