The Killeen Lady Roos like steals and layups.
So their up-tempo defense, which forced 32 turnovers and held Burnet scoreless for long stretches at a time in Killeen’s 62-34 win on Tuesday, is staying.
“I think it’s all about defense,” said Killeen senior forward Jasmine Goodwine. “We’re getting easy buckets. It got a little sloppy sometimes, but we got some lay-ups. It helped our intensity a lot, which made us execute our offense even more because our press, we were all in it, everybody was focused, everybody had intensity.”
Goodwine scored 28 points, Esha Atkins added 11 — nine in the second half — and defensively, Killeen (3-0) held the Lady Bulldogs without a field goal in a 7-minute stretch in the second quarter to blow open a game that was tied at 10 after the first.
“Hopefully, it’s coming; it’s definitely not where it needs to be,” said Killeen coach Latisha Williams’ of her team’s defense. “It is coming along and that’s the biggest thing is just we have to get better. It’s a different world for us because we’ve got to get better, but we don’t have two months to get better, we only have a few weeks (before the start of District 8-5A).”
Burnet (1-1) turned the ball over six times and didn’t cross mid-court in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter while the Lady Roos pulled away on a 14-0 run to take a 52-27 lead following a pair of free throws by Johlicia Williams, who finished with seven points and 10 rebounds.
“Early in the game, before our defense got tired, I thought our defense kept them in check,” said Burnet head coach Mike Cavender. “But, once we got tired, and I had to sub, we let it get away on the defensive end because we knew our offense wasn’t going to be anywhere close to where we needed it.”
Bryanika Grady hit three 3-pointers and scored 13 points to lead Burnet. Riley Scott had seven but no one else scored more than three.
Grady hit two 3s in the first quarter that gave the Lady Bulldogs a 10-8 lead. Goodwine immediately followed for Killeen to knot the game at 10 going into the second.
After Valerie Solis’ layup with 7:17 left in the half gave Burnet a 12-10 lead, Killeen scored nine straight points to take a 19-12 lead. The Lady Roos outscored Burnet 15-2 between Solis’ layup and Sarah Poe’s layup 37 seconds before halftime.
Shelby Graham gave Killeen its 27-16 lead at the break and Burnet got no closer than that the rest of the way.
The Lady Roos led 38-27 going into the fourth quarter and held Burnet scoreless until a Grady jumpshot with 2:37 left that cut Killeen’s lead to 59-29.
“I think they’re buying into it. I believe that they feel it’s more fun to be aggressive and get layups. I think it’s more fun. So, that’s always a good thing,” Williams said. “I think they want to, it’s just learning how to, learning to be smart, not fly past the ball; know when to be really, really aggressive and when to be safe. That’s going to take time.”
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