FAIRLAWN - Friday in the season opener against Houston the Covington Lady Buccs got out to a slow start before pulling away in the second half for an impressive win over their Shelby County neighbors.
Saturday, against yet another traditionally strong Shelby County program, the Lady Buccs used a fast start to spark a dominating 26-point win over Fairlawn.
And it was the Lady Bucc defense that set the tone as it held Fairlawn to just three points in the opening frame. This allowed the offense to find its groove as Covington built a 14-3 after one quarter of play.
Fairlawn is a program with pride and tradition and always seems to have shooters who can hit big shots from anywhere on the floor. The Lady Jets did just that by getting hot in the second quarter for 14 points.
But Covington has offensive weapons of its own, two of them being freshmen who appear to be emerging early in the season - Makenzee Maschino and Claudia Harrington. Behind the freshmen duo and a typical impressive performance by senior Sammi Whiteman, Covington was able to score 21 points in the second quarter to push the Lady Buccs' lead to 35-17 at the break.
The Covington defense then closed the show in the third quarter by holding Fairlawn to just seven points in the frame and the Lady Buccs were able to convert points at the other end to push the advantage to 56-24 with one quarter to go.
And the final quarter was an opportunity for Covington coach Jim Meyer to rest his starters and let the younger kids see valuable playing time.
Fairlawn was able to outscore the Lady Buccs 12-6 over the final 8:00, but it was all for naught as Covington improved to 2-0 on the young season with the 62-36 win.
Leading the way offensively for the Lady Buccs was senior Sammi Whiteman, who scored a game-high 29 points.
Freshman Claudia Harrington recorded her first career double-digit scoring effort with 11 points, while freshman Makenzee Maschino dropped in eight points.
In all, Covington converted on 21 two-point shots and drilled two treys. The Lady Buccs were also a solid 14 of 19 from the free throw line.
Covington (2-0) opens up Cross County Conference play on Thursday at Tri-County North.
Covington - 14 …. 21 …. 21 …. 6 = 62
Fairlawn - 3 …. 14 …. 7 …. 12 = 36
21-2pt FG, 2-3pt FG, 14/19 FT
Sammi Whiteman - 29
Claudia Harrington - 11
Makenzee Maschino - 8
Morgan Lowe - 4
Morgan Kimmel - 4
Brenna Miller - 2
Lillian Hamilton - 2
Leah Poling - 2
11-2pt FG, 1-3pt FG, 11/19
Dudgeon - 13
Huelskamp - 9
Heath - 6
Spicer - 6
Pierce - 1
Roush - 1