DECEMBER 28, 2020 - COVINGTON
Second year Covington coach Brandon Studebaker couldn’t have asked for a better start from his girls in the third annual Buccaneer Holiday on Monday as his you team jumped out to a 43-16 half-time lead and cruised to a 63-37 win over a quality Milton-Union team.
“I’ve been waiting for that,” said Studebaker in regards to a fast start to the game. “I’ve been waiting to see us put a team away early and tonight we did that.”
And it came after Studebaker reminded his young team of what was at stake.
“I told the girls that Covington has won the tournament championship every year and that couldn’t happen if we lost tonight,” Studebaker said. “If that gives them a little extra edge, that is a good thing. We look forward to this tournament every year.”
The Lady Buccs came out hitting on all cylinders.
They jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead, were in front 43-16 by halftime and went on the victory.
Freshman post Carlie Besecker (19 points) and junior guard Claudia Harrington (18 points), both outpointed the Bulldogs in the first half.
“Carlie (Besecker) just continues to play well for us,” Covington coach Brandon Studebaker said. “Claudia (Harrington) missed some time with quarantine and this is the first time she has really go into a rhythm. She has been contributing passing the ball, but this was a breakout game for her scoring.”
Harrington hit four 3-pointers in the second period alone and five in the game as the Buccs inside-outside game was working to perfection.
As you might expect, Milton-Union coach Katie Roose was not happy with what she saw from her team’s defense.
“That’s not the way we play defense,” she said. “They were shooting lights out and we didn’t do a good job defensively.”
Studebaker was also happy with the rest of his team.
“Even though no one else scored a lot of points, they were finding other way to contribute,” he said. “I thought we did a great job (sharing the ball) and playing as a team.”
Roose is glad to not even have to wait 24 hours to hit the re-set button.
“Sometimes, it is good to just get right back out there the next day and play again,” she said.
Harrington and Besecker finished with 25 points each for Covington, while Claire Fraley scored six points.
Jayla Gentry led Milton-Union with 11 points and Morgan Grudich scored 10.
Covington (5-2) will play Graham (4-4) for the championship at 8 p.m. Tuesday, while Milton-Union (4-3) and Newton (3-4) play in the consolation game at 2 p.m.
Rachel Jacobs 2-1-5, Ava Berberich 1-0-2, Morgan Grudich 2-6-10, Madison Jones 1-2-5, Jayla Gentry 5-1-11, Piper Ortiz 1-0-2, Shannon Brumbaugh 1-0-2. Totals: 13-10-37.
Ellie Hedges 1-0-3, Gracie Anderson 1-0-2, Claudia Harrington 10-0-25, Carlie Besecker 10-5-25, Claire Fraley 3-0-6, Kearsten Wiggins 1-0-2. Totals: 26-5-63.
3-point field goals -- Milton-Union: Jones. Covington: Hedges, Harrington (5).
Score By Quarters
Milton-Union 9 16 24 37
Covington 19 43 55 63