By Angel Verdejo
The Cove Herald
Rashard Odomes is just a freshman, but he has already left his mark on Copperas Cove's basketball team Tuesday night.
The younger brother of former Bulldawg scoring machine Raheem Odomes, Rashard Odomes scored 32 points on Waco Midway, doing so from nearly everywhere on the court in leading the Bulldawgs past the Panthers 95-65.
It was a Cove sweep over Midway, as the Dawgs' blowout came right after the Lady Dawgs' 11-point win over the Pantherettes.
Odomes hit four 3-pointers (Cove made 11), but did plenty of damage at the rim. He made eight layups, including a pair of putbacks and added nine rebounds.
"He's a player," Cove coach Billy White said. "There's no getting around it – that kid can flat-out play."
But it wasn't just Odomes - nine different Dawgs scored in the win, including double-digit scorers in Cory Scott (19 points) and Ryen King (15). Scott his four 3-pointers, while King hit three.
"It helps tremendously having a few different weapons," White said. "Any coach would want a situation where you have multiple options and you don't have just to rely on one guy to do all your scoring and do all your defensive stuff.
"Fortunately right now, we're in a situation where we have different guys that can do different things like that."
Cove starting pulling away late in the first quarter. Midway hit a pair of 3-pointers to close a 13-4 gap to three points with two minutes left in the period, but the Dawgs, who forced seven Panthers turnovers in the quarter, stretched it out to seven.
It went to ten by halftime, but grew to 20 by the end of the third quarter. Cove's pressure on the defensive end forced 19 Midway turnovers, while the Dawgs were able to get out and run on the other end.
"That what we have to do," White said. "We're not real big. We are athletic and we do have a little speed, so that's what we have to do. We have to use our advantages and that's one of our advantages, so we have to make sure that we do it."