By Monty Campbell

Killeen Daily Herald

COPPERAS COVE The football season has officially ended and the Bulldawgs have gotten their due awards for having the most remarkable season in school history but that does not mean that sports in Copperas Cove has ended.

The Lady Dawg basketball team is getting set to host the second annual Bush's Chicken Holiday Classic Dec. 28-30. The tournament, which has gone to a girls-only format this year, will play host to 16 teams over the three-day period with the games being split between Copperas Cove High School and S.C. Lee Junior High.

Heading this year's field is defending champ Arlington Bowie, which went on to win the Class 5A state championship. Area teams in the field are Lampasas, Round Rock Westwood, Austin Akins, Round Rock McNeil, Round Rock Stony Point and Leander Vista Ridge.

Tickets for the three-day event are $3 for adults and $1.50 for students per game. Fans can also purchase day passes for $6 or tournament passes for $15.

Lady Dawgs looking

for first district win

The Lady Dawgs opened the District 13-5A basketball season with a loss to Bryan, one of the preseason favorites, Tuesday night but not without a great effort from two unheralded players.

Leslie Martinez and Medina Smith each stepped up and provided a spark to the Cove effort in different aspects. Martinez scored a game-high 21 points and Smith provided four blocked shots in addition to nine points coming off the bench.

The Lady Dawgs have another stiff test on Friday as they travel to College Station and battle the A&M Consolidated Lady Tigers. Both teams will be looking for their first district victory as Consol dropped a 73-55 decision to Waco on Tuesday.

Dawgs welcome needed break before first district game

The Copperas Cove Bulldawgs wrapped up a stretch of 10 games in 12 days with a loss to Ellison on Monday, dropping its record to 3-12 on the season.

Despite only picking up three wins thus far, the Dawgs continue to show signs of improvement to head coach Jay Parker and he admits that as long as the team continues to put forth the effort, he will be satisfied with the results.

Cove opens up the District 13-5A schedule Dec. 20 as it hosts the Harker Heights Knights. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Leslie Martinez, freshman, guard. After struggling though a tough first half of shooting, Martinez scored 13 points in the third quarter en route to 21 in the Lady Dawgs 69-59 loss to Bryan on Tuesday night.

STATISTIC OF THE WEEK: 7, The number of 3-pointers knocked down by the Bryan Lady Vikings in the first half of their victory over Copperas Cove.

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