THORNDALE — The Salado Lady Eagles trounced both their opponents Friday in the Thorndale Shootout and will play for the title today.
Salado defeated Austin Travis 69-27 behind Taylor Atwood’s 16 points and 14 rebounds. Also for Salado, Jaylee Sebek scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Ashley Adams had 14 points, Taryn Kornegay 11 and Sarah Kate Kelarek 10.
In its second contest, Salado (14-4) was ahead of Thorndale 16-1 after one quarter and ultimately prevailed 38-18.
Atwood and Kornegay each grabbed 14 boards. Sebek scored 10 points, Adams eight, Peyton Dreitz six and Becca Carroll two.
“I think we looked good today,” said Salado head coach Diane Konarik.
“Considering that we were coming off the five-day no-practice period, I was pleased to see that we’re still in good shape, we’re still running.
“We played in spurts. I’ve told our team since the beginning of the season that this is a game of momentum. Whichever team can keep that momentum will usually end up with the win. Well, today, in both games, we held on to the momentum the longest and we got two wins.”
COVE WINS TWO IN DALLAS: At Dallas, in the DISD Coca Cola Tournament, Copperas Cove won two games.
Cove clobbered Dallas Samuell 96-45 in its opening contest then defeated Dallas Wilson 68-62.
“Our kids played well today,” said Cove head coach Billy White. “We were battling some tough situations. We were playing in Dallas, against Dallas teams with Dallas officials. I’m pleased our guys got after it. Rashard Odomes and Montre’ Williams stood out for us and Phillip Baptiste was another who made some key plays. But most important, our entire team, overall, played well.”
Cove plays in the championship contest of the consolation bracket today.
FLORENCE SPLITS IN TROY: At Troy, Florence saw an eight-point fourth quarter lead disappear in a disappointing 49-48 loss to Coleman but rebounded with a 39-32 win against Holland on Friday to advance to the consolation semifinal of the Troy Holiday Classic.
The Buffaloes entered the final quarter of the Coleman game up 36-28 but allowed a 21-point fourth quarter by the Bluecats, who ultimately prevailed by a point.
But Florence (5-6) rebounded in the second game as 11 Buffaloes scored against Holland in a 39-32 win.
Alfredo Pena led Florence in scoring against Coleman with 10 points while Wyatt Odom led the Buffaloes against Holland with 10.
Florence will face Chilton at 9 a.m. today for a chance to play in the consolation championship.
LADY BULLDAWGS OPEN WITH TWO WINS: At College Station, Copperas Cove won its first two games at the 56-team McDonald’s All-Star Basketball Invitational by a combined 42 points to remain one of only 14 teams still in contention for the tournament championship.
In the opener, Lady Bulldawgs senior guard Brittany Gamble finished with a team-high 11 points, leading her team to a 47-27 win against Pasadena.
Four players recorded double-digit points in Copperas Cove’s second-round contest, with Xylina Carlisle posting a team-high 14 points en route to a 60-38 win against Sour Lake Hardin-Jefferson. Pria Johnson and Gamble each contributed 12 points for the Lady Bulldawgs (9-7, 1-3 8-5A), while Bryaunea Hall added 11.