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Jordan Crowell opened the game with a trey and Covington never looked back enroute to a convincing 53-25 win over Twin Valley South on Thursday.

Tori Lyle drives to the basket in the CCC opener at Twin Valley South.

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Twin Valley South

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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

Covington made the long trek to West Alexandria in Preble County on Thursday to open Cross County Conference play against a Twin Valley South team who entered the contest with a 2-1 record and a lot of confidence.

But it didn't take long for the Lady Buccs to put doubt in the heads of the host Panthers as Covington scored the first 16 points in the contest and held an 18-2 lead after one.

"That's what we wanted - get after them right away," said Covington coach Jim Meyer of his team's fast start. "They (South) were two-and-one coming in and had a lot of confidence. We wanted the kids to come out aggressive and take it to them right away - and we did that."

South opened up the contest playing man defense in an attempt to put pressure on the ball. But Covington was able to take advantage with relatively easy buckets near the rim outside of a game-opening trey by senior Jordan Crowell.

Crowell scored seven points in the opening frame, while Sammi Whiteman slashed her way to the basket for a pair of buckets. Lilly Hamilton, Tori Lyle and Lauren Christian also connected on buckets in the stanza.

But baskets were harder to come by for Covington in the second as Twin Valley South switched to a zone.

"They switched to a zone, which creates outside opportunities," explained Meyer. "But the threes weren't falling tonight. We got a lot of rebounds, but couldn't get shots to fall."

Still, Covington was able to outscore the Panthers 9-6 in the frame to take a commanding 27-8 lead at the break.

Whiteman got hot to start the second half as she dropped in a pair of treys and scored on a layup before heading to the bench for the night.

A pair of baskets by Jordan Crowell followed by buckets by Mackenzie Long and Morgan Lowe helped push the Buccaneer advantage to 43-19 after three.

From there Covington emptied its bench throughout the final frame.

"It's important to get some of the younger kids playing time," Meyer said. "We know as we move forward here that we'll need those kids to step up."

And the younger kids showed promise by outscoring Twin Valley South 10-6 in the stanza to seal the 53-25 win.

Sammy Whiteman led Covington with a game-high 17 points in just over one half of action, while Lilly Hamilton and Jordan Crowell contributed with 11 points each.

Covington, now 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the CCC, travels to Versailles on Saturday in a huge non-conference contest.

"It's one of those where you give it all you have," said Meyer of the upcoming contest against Versailles, who finished state runner-up a year ago. "We'll watch some tape, put our gameplay together and expect our kids give their best effort on Saturday. If you're a competitor, you live for games like this."

Lilly Hamilton shoots over a Panther defender for two of her 11 points.

Covington - 18 .. 27 .. 43 .. 53
TV South - 2 .. 8 .. 19 .. 25

Sammi Whiteman - 17
Jordan Crowell - 11
Lilli Hamilton - 11
Tori Lyle - 6
Mackenzie Long - 2
Lauren Christian - 2
Morgan Kimmel - 2
Morgan Lowe - 2

Kelsey Shafer - 12
Milan Crews - 5
Maegan Carson - 3
Abby Bingham - 3
Madison Johnson - 2

Covington - Whiteman (3), Crowell (2)
TV South - Bingham (1)

Records: Covington (3-0), TV South (2-2)

Who needs glasses? Hailey Houshel finishes off a scoring opportunity despite losing her glasses during the JV game Thursday.