The Lubbock-Cooper Lady Pirate basketball program and head coach Kyle Lovorn released its schedule for the 2018-2019 season, which features 10 home games at Lubbock-Cooper High School.
In total, the Lady Pirates will play four non-district games including three tournaments. Lubbock-Cooper will meet Idalou (Nov. 6) for its regular season home opener. To close out the non-district slate, LCP will host Midland Greenwood (Nov. 10) and travel to Abilene Wylie (Nov. 13) before renewing the rivalry with Frenship (Dec. 14) at the Tiger Pit in Wolfforth.
Lubbock-Cooper will return to the Canyon Shootout (Nov. 15-17) where they won two games a year ago over Liberty and Crowley. LCP will attempt to defend two tournament championships won in 2017-18, first at the Kennedale Tournament (Nov. 29-Dec. 1) and then the Caprock Classic (Dec. 27-29) back in Lubbock for the “World’s Largest High School Tournament.”
Sixteen of the 20 non-tournament games will be district contests due to the new UIL re-alignment starting this season and lasting two years before another re-alignment takes place. It will be the most district games the Lady Pirates have played in a season, and the largest district LCP has competed in with nine members in 3-5A.
Cooper begins the district slate at home with the defending Class 5A State Champions and No. 1 ranked Amarillo High on Tuesday Nov. 20th at 6:00 p.m. LCP will make a trip to Monterey to face the Lady Plainsmen on Nov. 27th. Lubbock-Cooper swept the season series last year over Monterey.
The month of December begins with the team that knock out LCP of the playoffs each of the last two years, Canyon Randall (Dec. 4), The Lady Raiders topped Cooper 49-48 in 2018 and 70-40 in 2017 both in the bi-district round.
The Lady Pirates travel to Lubbock High (Dec. 11) and Caprock (Dec. 21), then return home to play Coronado (Dec. 18) at Lubbock-Cooper High School.
The new year starts with a home contest with Plainview (Jan. 2), back to back road games at Palo Duro (Jan. 4) and Amarillo High (Jan. 8), and then return home for Monterey (Jan. 11) and Lubbock High (Jan. 18). The month closes out with Canyon Randall (Jan. 15) and Coronado (Jan. 25) on the road.
The two regular-season matchups in February are at Plainview (Feb. 1) and the regular-season finale at home versus Palo Duro (Feb. 5) on senior night.
Cooper will be led by third-year head coach Kyle Lovorn, who guided the Lady Pirates to one of the best seasons in school history during the 2017-2018 campaign, culminating in the program’s ninth district championship.
Lubbock-Cooper is coming off the program’s first 30-win season since 2012-2013 and the first undefeated district record (10-0) since 2008-2009. The 31 wins in 2017-18 was the most victories a Lady Pirate team has won in the regular season. The 2012-13 squad under Trent Hilliard, went 30-5 and advanced to the regional semifinals falling to Kennedale 65-55.
The Lady Pirates will begin the season ranked 5th in the Roy Report Media 5A Region 1 regional rankings. It’s the highest ranking a Lubbock-Cooper team has been ranked to start a season since moving up to the 5A classification prior to the 2014-15 season.
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