Eldridge McAdams has no answers for his team’s sporadic shooting.
In a day of extremes, Copperas Cove split its final two games at the Aggieland Invitational, losing by six points in miserable offensive performance before blowing out Dripping Springs to conclude their stay at College Station.
Ironically, the Lady Bulldawgs had a similar streaky showing in Monday’s opening rounds, and the inconsistency has Copperas Cove’s head coach baffled.
“I don’t know what to do,” McAdams said. “I don’t get it, but there is no excuse for it.”
Playing in the consolation bracket, the Lady Bulldawgs struggled to find their rhythm against Katy Seven Lakes to begin the day, connecting on just 30 percent of their shots in a 52-46 loss.
Hours later, Copperas Cove (15-7) rediscovered its touch and made 52 percent of its field-goal attempts, including a 57-percent showing from behind the 3-point arc in a 60-30 victory against the Lady Tigers.
“When you shoot the ball well and knock down your shots,” McAdams said, “it makes it a whole different ball game, especially with us because we live and die by our outside shots. When we are on, we are tough to beat.”
Against Dripping Springs, senior guard Mikayla Blount led Copperas Cove with 23 points.
“She was on fire,” McAdams said.
Alex Wilson added 15 points for the Lady Bulldawgs, while sophomore Chyanne Chapman had six points.
Blount recorded a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double against Seven Lakes, while Wilson added 10, and Kenya Haynes and Caprica Brooks finished with six points apiece.
It was not enough, however, to overcome 12 second-half turnovers.
While the unpredictable shooting performances are troublesome for McAdams, he is pleased with the way his team played overall.
“The games we lost,” he said, “we could have won, so I always look at that, but we’ve just got to grow from this.
“We have to find a way to grow.”