TEMPLE — The Temple and Killeen girls basketball teams knew they were going to the playoffs before they played each other on Tuesday, but only the Lady Roos looked like they were ready for the postseason.
Building around a big game by senior forward Jasmine Goodwine, as well as strong team defense and rebounding, Killeen upset No. 16 Temple 45-37 in the regular season finale for both teams at Wildcat Gym.
Goodwine led the Lady Roos with 18 points and 16 rebounds to snap Killeen’s two-game losing streak. The Rice-signee also blocked two shots and frequently altered numerous other drive attempts by the Tem-Cats, who were playing without junior star Tyesha Taylor.
The Lady Roos (18-13, 8-6 8-5A) face top-ranked Duncanville (35-0) in the bi-district round with the time and site to be determined.
“We had to go out on a high note. Losing (three) games in a row is not a good way to go when you go up against Duncanville,” said Killeen coach Latisha Williams.
The Tem-Cats, who have lost three of their last four games, will be 8-5A’s No. 2 seed in the playoffs and face either DeSoto or Cedar Hill, which tied for third place in 7-5A, in the first round of the playoffs.
Temple (26-8, 11-3) played without its 6-foot-4 center Taylor for the seventh straight game since she suffered a knee injury in the Tem-Cats’ 52-44 win at Killeen on Jan. 11, a game Temple’s Mississippi State-signed senior Ketara Chapel missed due to sickness.
The Tem-Cats were out-rebounded 39-22.
“It was rebounding, and it’s frustrating because we did a rebounding drill for 25 minutes in practice yesterday,” said Temple coach Tamarah Sanders. “Rebounding is want-to, not have-to.”
The Lady Roos, who led 25-22 at halftime, held Temple without a field goal for more than seven minutes in the third quarter and extended their lead 38-29.
Temple pulled within 38-31 on a steal and layup by Jazzmen Ortiz with 6:30 remaining, but got no closer. Killeen took its first double-digit lead at 44-33 with 2:59 left when Goodwine beat her defender off the dribble for a layup.
Chapel led Temple with 14 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Ortiz added 11.
Johlicia Williams scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Killeen.