FEBRUARY 12, 2019 - COVINGTON
The Covington Buccaneers honored four senior basketball players, two cheerleaders and four members of the band on Tuesday during the final home game of the season.
And the Buccaneers made the evening memorable and rewarding with a convincing 55-44 win over Lehman Catholic to improve their record to 5-14 with two games left before the start of the state tournament.
Covington opened things up with a bucket by senior Jack Shell on the opening possession of the game and then senior Tyler Fraley knocked down a three-pointer from the corner to give the Buccs a quick 5-0 lead.
Lehman scored six unanswered points to claim its first and only lead of the game as Covington went on a 9-3 run to close out the opening frame.
Covington senior Chad Yohey got hot scoring nine of his game-high 15 points in the second quarter on a they, a runner and four free throws. This sparked a 24-15 scoring advantage for Covington in the frame to push the Buccaneer advantage to 38-24 at the break.
Another trey by Yohey to start the second half push the Buccaneer lead to 17 points, but Lehman was able to close the gap to 41-36 midway through the frame to force a Covington timeout.
After regrouping, the Buccaneers closed out the third on a 6-0 run on buckets by Gray Harshbarger and Kleyton Maschino to go along with two free throws by Yohey to push the advantage to 47-36 with 8:00 left to play.
And Covington closed out the game in grand fashion by holding Lehman to just two field goals and two free throws in the final 8:00 to preserve the 55-44 win.
Yohey led all scorers with 15 points, while Gray Harshbarger dropped in 11 points.
Covington converted on 15 two-pointers, three treys and made 16 of 24 free throws, while Lehman made 12 two-point buckets, 4 three-pointer and was 8-of-13 from the line.
With a two-game winning streak in the books, the Buccaneers look to finish the regular seasons strong as they travel to Houston on Thursday and close out the season at Newton on Friday.
SCORING BY QUARTERS:
Lehman: 9 - 24 - 36 - 44
Covington: 14 - 38 - 47 - 55
Chad Yohey - 15
Gray Harshbarger - 11
Kleyton Maschino - 9
Zach Kuntz - 6
Tyler Fraley - 5
Andrew Cates - 5
Jack Shell - 2
Spencer Brumbaugh - 2
Kennedy - 12
O’Leary - 12
Gilardi - 8
Frantz - 6
Ciancolio - 3
Denning - 2
Barhorst - 1
Covington: Yohey (2), Fraley (1)
Lehman: Frantz (2), O’Leary (1), Ciancolio (1)