Temple’s chance to grab a two-game lead over Copperas Cove for fourth place at the midway juncture of the District 12-6A schedule began to fizzle during the last 25 seconds of the second quarter Friday night, steadied and then fully sputtered out in the fourth, and the Tem-Cats will settle for a tie in that all-important playoff-qualifying spot as the teams make the turn.
MJ Honea and Kaysha McCloud each posted 17 points for the Lady Bulldawgs to counter a 24-point effort from Temple’s Wilashia Burleson and help Cove notch a key 61-53 victory inside raucous Wildcat Gym.
“We had an opportunity to put ourselves in a good place, and we missed it,” Temple coach RaShonta LeBlanc said. “I’m not taking anything away from Cove, but it’s about playing smart. We played hard but we have to play smarter at times.”