JANUARY 15, 2019 - COVINGTON
The Covington Lady Buccs picked up a huge non-conference win Tuesday against Shelby County neighbor Russia, 49-38.
And it was an outstanding defensive effort that sparked the win as Covington harassed Russia throughout - holding the visiting Raiders to just eight first half points and 38 for the game.
But Russia was able to get itself back into the game in a blink of an eye after being down 39-23 with just over 3:00 left in the contest.
Back-to-back treys by Olivia Moorman and Ashley Scott, followed by a traditional three-point play by Laurissa Poling, cut the Covington advantage to 39-32 in just twenty seconds.
This forced a Covington timeout and Morgan Kimmel tossed a perfect strike to Morgan Lowe on the inbounds play. Lowe converted a layup at the other end and hit the free throw after being fouled on the shot.
It was the dagger as Covington was able to hit eight-of-11 free throws in the final frame to record the double-digit win.
Sammi Whiteman led all scorers with 21 points, while Makenzee Maschino dropped in 10 points - all coming in the fourth quarter. Morgan Kimmel contributed with seven points as well for Covington.
Laurissa Poling and Ashley Scott led Russia with nine points a piece, while Olivia Moorman dropped in eight and Jenna Cordonnier contributed with six points.
In all, Covington dropped in 16 two-pointers, received a pair of treys by Whiteman and Kimmel, and converted on 11-of-15 from the free throw line.
Meanwhile, Russia scored on eight two-point buckets, five three-pointers and made seven of their 10 free throws in the contest.
Russia drops to 9-4 on the season, while Covington improves to 13-2 and travels to Bethel on Thursday.
SCORE BY QUARTERS:
Russia - 4 - 8 - 19 - 38
Covington - 9 - 18 - 29 - 49
Sammi Whiteman - 21
Makenzee Maschino - 10
Morgan Kimmel - 7
Lauren Christian - 4
Morgan Lowe - 3
Lillian Hamilton - 2
Claudio Harrington - 2
Laurissa Poling - 9
Ashley Scott - 9
Olivia Moorman - 8
Jenna Cordonnier - 6
Jessica York - 4
Katie Heuing - 2
Covington: Whiteman (1),Kimmel (1)
Russia: Scott (3), Moorman (2)