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FAST START SPARKS WIN...
Jordan Crowell and the Covington Lady Buccs got out to a fast start and cruised to a 71-44 win over National Trail in a game where the entire roster saw the floor.

Brenna Miller knocks down a jumper in the fourth quarter.
2017-18 BASKETBALL LINKS

2017-18 SCHEDULE

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Dec 27
Dec 30
Jan 4
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Feb 17
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@ Houston
Fairlawn
@ TV South
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Bradford
@ Arcanum
@ Newton (No JV)
@ Franklin Monroe
Mississinawa Valley
Springfield Shawnee
@ Troy
Tri-Village
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@ Ansonia
@ Russia
Greenville
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Jackson Center
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National Trail
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National Trail
Twin Valley South

W 45-41
W 60-29
W 53-25
L 39-60
W 50-21
W 34-32
W 46-42
L 35-51
W 66-40
L 36-51
W 42-28
L 42-52
W 43-35
W 67-51
L 36-38
W 50-33
W 61-37
L 40-52
W 36-27
W 64-42
W 71-44
W 68-34
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W 57-40
6:00pm


2017-18 CCC STANDINGS

Team

CCC

ALL

Miami East

12-0

18-4

Tri-Village 11-1 18-4
Franklin Monroe 9-3 19-3
Covington 9-3 16-6
Arcanum 8-4 12-9
Newton 7-5 15-6
Bethel 4-6 11-9
Bradford 4-8 7-13
Twin Valley South 4-8 7-13
Ansonia 3-9 5-17
Tri-County North 2-8 8-11
National Trail 2-10 5-16
Mississinawa Valley 0-12 0-21

FEBRUARY 1, 2018 - COVINGTON
With the tournament draw coming in the near future, Covington coach Jim Meyer challenged his girls to make a statement on Thursday against National Trail.

"We are getting into tournament seed voting and I wanted the kids to come out fast from the start and put the hammer down," Meyer said. "And the kids responded. The first half had to be our best basketball of the season."

Covington jumped all over National Trail from the outset, outscoring the Blazers 22-5 in the first eight minutes.

And six girls scored in the frame as Sammi Whiteman had eight, Lilly Hamilton had five, Jordan Crowell had three and the trio of Kenzie Long, Tori Lyle and Lauren Christian each had two.

Covington continued its offensive onslaught in the second with Whiteman hitting on two threes and a pair of short runners, Tori Lyle scoring on three baskets inside the paint, Jordan Crowell hitting a three and Lilly Hamilton connecting on a short jumper.

In all, Covington outscored National Trail 21-14 in the frame to take a 43-19 lead at the break.

"That's the one thing I wanted tonight," said Meyer of a fast start. "The girls really put the hammer down."

Things got a little sloppy for Covington in the third quarter with uncharacteristic turnovers, however.

"It's hard to stay focused with a lead like that," Meyer said. "But at the same time, whether you have a thirty-point lead or a two-point lead, you have to stay focused. We did get a little sloppy in the second half."

And a lot of the credit for Covington's miscues goes to the effort displayed by a gritty National Trail team.

"They didn't give up one bit and that's a credit to them," praised Meyer of the Blazers. "Trail was throwing a lot of different defenses at us and they are a scrappy team. They hit some big threes too."

Still Jordan Crowell and Tori Lyle combined for 12 of Covington's 15 points in the third to help push the lead to 58-31 with eight minutes to go.

And from there Meyer emptied his bench as Covington cruised to the 71-44 win.

"It was nice to get everyone in the game," said Meyer. "You like to be able to reward kids with varsity minutes and it worked out tonight that we were able to get everyone in the game."

And nine players contributed in the scoring with Sammi Whiteman leading the way with a game-high 24 points.

Jordan Crowell had the hot hand from behind the three-point line with five treys and a season-high 17 points, while Tori Lyle knocked down 12 points.

"It makes things a whole lot easier when Jordan hits like that," Meyer said of Crowell.

The win boosts Covington's record to 15-6 on the season and 8-3 in the CCC with one regular season left before the tournament.

And Meyer feels his team is just now approaching its peak.

"Things are coming together for us at the perfect time," he said. "We've yet to play our best basketball, but we are getting close. We need to continue to grow."

Covington has an entire week for continued improvement before closing out the regular season next Thursday as it hosts Tri-County North for 'Senior Night'.


Morgan Kimmel goes up for a shot in the fourth quarter against National Trail.

SCORE BY QUARTERS:
National Trail - 5 .. 19 .. 31 .. 44
Covington - 22 .. 43 .. 58 .. 71

COVINGTON SCORING:
Sammi Whiteman - 24
Jordan Crowell - 17
Tori Lyle - 12
Lilly Hamilton - 8
Kenzie Long - 2
Lauren Christian - 2
Josie Crowell - 2
Leah Poling - 2
Brenna Miller - 2

NATIONAL TRAIL SCORING:
M. Laird - 9
S. Abner - 9
E. Byrd - 8
D. Werner - 7
A. Bowers - 4
J. Byrd - 3
M. Skinner - 2
K. Patrum - 2

THREE-POINT SCORING:
Covington - Jordan Crowell (5), Sammi Whiteman (2)
National Trail - E. Byrd (2), A. Abner (2), M. Laird (1), D. Werner (1), J. Byrd (1)


Tori Lyle fakes out a National Trail defender on her way to a 12-point scoring night.