DECEMBER 5, 2020 - COVINGTON
Originally scheduled to be played on January 25th, the Lady Buccs played host to CCC rival Mississinawa Valley on Saturday as the Troy Christian - the original opponent - was forced to be rescheduled due to COVID. The makeup date has yet to be determined.
Having limited time to prepare for a different opponent, a young Covington team showed maturity by continuing to roll with the punches and take each challenge as it comes resulting in a 63-54 win.
And it took the Lady Buccs a little while to solve the riddle of Mississinawa Valley as the visiting Blackhawks came in playing relentless, determined basketball. This led to a 19-6 lead for Mississinawa Valley after one and a 29-27 lead at the break.
“I told our girls not to let up, that is a different Mississinawa team over there and they won’t quit they’ll keep on coming,” Covington girls basketball coach Brandon Studebaker said.
Covington was able to adjust in the second half as freshman Gracie Anderson found the hot hand by dropping in three treys and two free throws in the third. This led to a 49-42 Covington lead with one period to play.
“I’m really pleased with the way our girls competed today, we got better as the game went along, hit some big shots in the second half and our defensive pressure was really good when it mattered,” Studebaker concluded.
Covington's defense was the difference in the final frame as it made it difficult for Mississinawa Valley to find open looks - limiting Maddi Hiestand in particular.
Hiestand torched Covington for 32 points, but the Lady Buccs limited her to just two buckets in the final frame and held on for the nine point win.
Covington had three players reach double figures in scoring with freshman Carlie Besecker leading the way with 21 points. Claire Fraley scored 19 and Gracie Anderson dropped in 13 points.
Next up for Covington, now 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the CCC, is a home contest on Tuesday against Twin Valley South.
Covington: 16 11 22 14 = 63
Miss Valley: 19 10 13 12 = 54
Covington - 63
20-2pt FG, 3-3pt FG (anderson) 14/23 FT
Carlie Besecker - 21
Claire Fraley - 19
Gracie Anderson - 13
Meg Rogers - 9
Ellie Hedges - 1
Miss Valley - 54
21-2pt fg, 3-3pt fg, 3/13 FT
M. Hiestand - 32
T. Stochler - 9
A. Byram - 4
M. Townsend - 4
L. Scholl - 3
J. Hoggatt - 2