Brittany Gamble was focused and ready to go even during her pregame shootaround.
“I’m feeling it, I’ve got the hot hand, right now,” Gamble told her Copperas Cove teammates.
The Lady Dawgs’ senior guard scored 14 of her game-high 25 points in the first half and Copperas Cove pulled away for its second straight District 8-5A win Friday, 64-43 at Shoemaker.
“Brittany’s amazing. When’s she’s on and if you give her space, she’s just an amazing little shooter,” said Copperas Cove coach Teresa Durham. “She has those nights, sometimes, when we
rotate her to a shooting guard spot versus being a point guard and tonight she was on fire.”
Shawnte’ Goff had her second straight 20-point night, finishing with 21 for Cove (13-4, 2-0 8-5A). The Lady Dawgs’ senior guard, who led Cove with 20 points in its district-opening win against Killeen on Tuesday, scored 17 in the second half Friday. Her success Tuesday helped open opportunities for Gamble on Friday.
“We give all of our shooters, all of our guards the green light. We believe every one of them can knock those shots down,” Durham said. “I think they were trying to put a little more pressure on Shawnte’ and (Gamble) was kind of left open and she took advantage of that tonight.”
Cion Hicks scored 18 to lead Shoemaker (6-11, 0-2) and Briana Gatson had 13, seven in the fourth quarter.
Gamble wasn’t the Lady Grey Wolves only problem. At critical times, Shoemaker’s defense left Gamble open to score decisive points. But, offensively, the Lady Grey Wolves turned the ball over 30 times, eliminating any chance of mounting any semblance of rhythm or comeback.
“I’m an extensive stat person, so I try to make sure they understand that the things they’re doing and the effects they have, be it positive or negative. And, tonight, we tried to make sure we were prepared for the press, made some adjustments and they just didn’t follow through with the adjustments,” said first-year Shoemaker coach Lori Shead.
Shoemaker committed three turnovers in four possessions with an early 4-2 lead and a 3-pointer by Gamble ignited an 11-2 Cove run that gave the Lady Dawgs’ a 13-6 lead with three minutes left in the first quarter and a 13-8 lead going into the second.
Cove stretched that 28-19 at halftime after leading by as many as 13 in the second quarter.
Gamble’s second of three 3s in the game gave Cove a 20-8 lead with 4:43 left in the half. Gatson scored on back-to-back possessions and Daysha Roberts added another field goal for Shoemaker to cut Cove’s lead to 22-14. Gamble scored in consecutive possessions following Shoemaker turnovers and Stephanie Cochran added a layup with 1:13 left to stretch the Lady Dawgs’ lead to 28-15. Hicks scored twice in the final 35 seconds for Shoemaker to cut the deficit to nine at intermission.
Copperas Cove then used an 8-0 run in the first three minutes of the third quarter to pull ahead 36-19 and Shoemaker got no closer than 12 the rest of the way.