By Angel Verdejo
Killeen Daily Herald
COPPERAS COVE - Harker Heights started the seventh annual Bush's Chicken Holiday Classic with a bang.
Having their way with Copperas Cove's junior varsity Tuesday morning, the Lady Knights not only hit the century mark, but nearly added a triple-double in their 101-23 win. Heights' Shanice Davis highlighted the win, finishing with 18 points, 10 assists and eight steals.
Day one - which featured all pool-play games - also included Ellison handling its longtime rival and the host Lady Bulldawgs beating San Angelo Central by 34 points.
Pool play begins at 10 a.m. in both gyms, with the bracket semifinals to follow.
No. 20 Ellison 60, Killeen 44 - The Lady Roos' struggles at the foul line and a big Ellison second quarter sent the Lady Eagles into the win column in Pool C. Leading Ellison's charge was Deja Pointer, whose hot shooting adding up to 17 points. She hit five 3-pointers - three in a second quarter where Ellison outscored Killeen 22-12 to take a double-digit lead it wouldn't relinquish.
Ellison also controlled the boards, outrebounding Killeen 27-15. The Lady Eagles, who face Corpus Christi Moody at 10 a.m. today in the main gym, had 15 offensive rebounds and multiple putbacks.
"That's part of our game - a big part," Ellison coach Sherry McKinnon said. "We're not very good on that first one, but give us that second or third and we'll usually put it in."
Esha Atkins led Killeen with 14 points, while Jasmine Goodwine added 11. At the free-throw line however, the Lady Roos made just 10-of-23 attempts.
Copperas Cove 67, San Angelo Central 33 - The host Lady Bulldawgs outscored San Angelo Central 17-5 in the second quarter, then nearly matched it in both the third and fourth periods. Cove (15-4) forced eight of Central's 30 turnovers in the second quarter, holding the Lady Bobcats to 1-of-11 shooting as the Lady Dawgs turned a four-point lead into a double-digit blowout.
In each quarter, Central went minutes without scoring, while committing one turnover after another. On the other, the Lady Dawgs turned many of their 15 steals to points on the other end.
"We were able to step in and get some steals off of some passes and were able to convert those," Cove head coach Preston Flaniken said. "We did a good job of converting those steals into points."
Baskin's 17 points included three of Cove's five 3-pointers, while Jessica Best didn't miss a shot on the way to 14 points.
Cove plays Round Rock Stony Point at 11:30 today in the main gym.
Killeen 47, Corpus Christi Moody 44, OT - It wasn't pretty, but the Lady Roos got past Corpus Christi Moody in overtime to earn a split in Pool C.
"I don't want to see the turnovers like that (today)," Killeen coach Latisha Williams said after her team committed 39. "We don't play until 4 p.m., so we're going to get in the gym earlier…and hopefully we'll come out better tomorrow."
Despite the numerous mistakes, the Lady Roos led from late in the second quarter until the final seconds. Jasmine Goodwine's jumper with 2 seconds to play sent the game to overtime.
In overtime, the teams combined for 10 turnovers before an Angela Delaney jumper put Killeen up 44-42 in the final minute. The Lady Roos held on at the foul line, including a Delaney pair with 2.6 seconds left.
Harker Heights 101, Copperas Cove JV 23 - The Lady Knights used their defensive pressure to force 41 turnovers - 25 in the first half - in a Pool B runaway win to open tournament play. In all, eight Lady Knights combined for 28 steals, with guard Shanice Davis recording a team-high eight to go one of two Heights' double-doubles. The junior finished with 18 points and 10 assists, while Brianna Freeman had 17 points and 14 rebounds. Jaquan Jackson led the Lady Knights with 23 points.
Meagan Howard led Cove with eight points. Heights plays at 11:30 today against Round Rock Westwood in Cove's second gym.
Other first-day scores: Round Rock Stony Point 48, San Angelo Central 29; Round Rock Westwood 43, Copperas Cove JV 19; Temple 48, Fort Bend Clements 44