Killeen was fighting to stay alive for for the final playoff spot in District 8-6A, but the playoff-bound Copperas Cove Lady Bulldawgs put an end to that dream Tuesday with a 51-48 road victory over the Lady Roos.
Madison Griffon scored a game-high 27 points for Cove (21-8, 10-4 8-6A), which finished in third place in 8-6A.
The Lady Roos took an early lead as senior forward Manesha Knox scored 15 points for Killeen in the first quarter. Back and forth the score went and the teams were tied four times before Cove led 22-21 at the end of the first eight minutes.
Knox finished with 21 points for the Lady Roos (13-16, 5-9), who finished in a three-way tie for fifth, one game behind San Angelo Central, which claimed the final playoff spot despite losing at Waco Midway.
“We knew coming in that this was a tough place to play,” Cove head coach Eldridge McAdams said.
Killeen junior guard Ciera Penn found junior guard Meleanna Williams waiting in the post for a crossover layup to help get the offense going.
But it was a by from senior forward Erica Powell that sent sophomore guard Diamond Anthony to the line for Williams, who was injured on the block, that helped Killeen tie the score once again at halftime.
Killeen head coach Jennifer Graham lit a spark under her team during the break by reminding them what was on the line.
“I just told them straight up this could easily be the seniors’ last game and we can’t allow that to happen,” Graham said, “so I think we bought into that in the third quarter.”
Killeen went on a 10-0 run to take back the lead in the period.
The quarter ended with Williams sending Cove senior guard Yaqar Elmore to the foul line for three shots to pull the Lady Dawgs within seven heading into the final frame.
“I told them in the third quarter, basketball is a game of runs,” McAdams said of motivating his team. “And they went on a run, the girls fought back.”
Williams, who was cleared to play again after the halftime break, sent junior guard Madison Griffon to the free-throw line early in the period and she sank both shots to bring Cove within five.
The Lady Dawgs started applying pressure and started to get steals while limiting the Lady Roos to just two points in the period.
“It’s just a bad feeling because there are a lot of things we could have fixed and a lot of things we know that we should have done,” Graham said.
“We know that we missed a lot of free throws, we had a lot of turnovers, and those are things we’ve been dealing with the entire season.
“We’re going to work in the offseason, the girls are going to work hard in the summertime and we’re going to come back a stronger team.”
TUESDAY'S DISTRICT 8-6A GIRLS
- Copperas Cove 51, Killeen 48
- Ellison 40, Belton 36
- Harker Heights 55, Shoemaker 52
- Waco Midway 44, San Angelo Central 35
End of Regular Season