The Belton Lady Tigers needed a win on Tuesday night against Copperas Cove to stay in the District 12-6A race.
After leading early, Copperas Cove rattled off a 17-3 and took away a 44-32 win on the road in Belton.
Belton is now 17-11 overall and 5-4 in a tight district race in fifth place tie with Killeen.
Copperas Cove improved to 18-8 overall and 6-3 in the district, tied with Harker Heights for second place.
Natasha Blizzard scored the first basket of the game on a put back shot in the paint 15 seconds into the game. Az Knotts answered with a field goal with 4:54 to go in the quarter, which was answered by Jocelyn Brewer’s field goal in the paint. Kaysha McCloud and Chyla Johnson scored field goals to briefly put Cove ahead, which were answered with a drive-and-layup by Alisa Priddy and paint feed from Jerrisha Rice to Blizzard to make the score 8-6 after the first eight minutes.
Cove used the second quarter to create separation from the Lady Tigers, led by five points each by McCloud and Jayda Carter. Madison Griffon hit the last seven points of the half for the Lady Dawgs in a 57-second span. Cove lead 23-11 at the half.
Belton worked the margin down to within five points, as they put together an 11-3 run, led by six from Blizzard. Griffon had two late drives for buckets, as Copperas Cove led 30-21 at the end of the third quarter.
Cove put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter, as they led by as many as 14 points. Belton could not work their way back into the game and lost by 12 points.
Blizzard led the Lady Tigers with 18 points. Brewer had seven points and Taylin Wesley had five points.
The Lady Tigers host Harker Heights Friday night at 6:30 p.m. at Tiger Gym.