The Tem-Cat Basketball team dropped a pair of games to former district rivals Belton and Copperas Cove on the opening day of the Copperas Cove tournament.
In spite of a solid performance from Brittany Minter with nine points, Temple fell to Belton 47-28 in their opener Thursday morning.
Belton jumped out to a 8-0 lead on the Tem-Cats before Kennedy Wilson put the Tem-Cats on the board. However, for the Tem-Cats, Belton extended the lead to 22-3 by the end of the first quarter.
With a game-high 14 points during the second quarter, Temple finished the first half strong as they cut the deficit to 31-17 by the half.
Temple outscored Belton 6-2 in the third quarter, and following a Minter bucket midway in the fourth quarter, the Lady Tiger lead was cut to 38-28. However, that was as close as the Tem-Cats could get.
Minter was the front runner for the Tem-Cat offense with nine points, including four during the third period. She also contributed five rebounds.
Also contributing for Temple were Kennedy Wilson (5 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks), Isabella Rodriguez (5 points, 1 steal), Tia Thomas (4 points, 2 rebounds), Tori President (3 points) and Cienna Womack (2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal).
Temple finished the game with 32 rebounds (18 offensive/14 defensive), three blocks and three steals.
In spite of a solid performance from Tori President with 10 points, Temple fell to Copperas Cove 74-30 in their second game of the day.
Even though Temple added 12 points in the final quarter, it wasn’t enough to overcome a 28-8 halftime deficit.
President led the charge for the Tem-Cats offense, scoring 10 points, with a pair of 3-pointers on the night.
Also contributing for Temple were Cienna Womack (6 points), Tia Thomas (3 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal), Kamea Mcgee (2 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal), Brittany Minter (2 points, 2 rebounds), Cheyenne Shannon (2 points, 1 rebound), Kiantra Flowers (2 points, 1 rebound) and Isabella Rodriguez (2 points, 1 rebound).
Temple finished the game with 30 rebounds (17 offensive/13 defensive) and two steals.
With the loss, the Tem-Cats fall to 1-2 on the season. Temple will try to return to the win column on Friday morning as they will face Royce City at 9:00.
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