DECEMBER 3, 2020 - LEWISBERG
The development of a young Covington girls basketball team continues to show promise as the Lady Buccs captured their first win in two tries with a convincing 51-26 victory over Tri-County North on Thursday.
And it was new faces in the lineup who excelled as 41 of Covington's 51 points came from first-year varsity players as the Lady Buccs were still playing without junior Claudia Harrington and senior Ellie Hedges had her time limited due to this being her first action since returning from quarantine.
"It is great to have Ellie back," said Covington coach Brandon Studebaker. "Obviously, we had to watch her minutes because she's not in game shape yet, but when Ellie was in there she played well. It was great for her to get her feet wet."
Claire Fraley, the only other returning starter in the lineup, provided the leadership needed by playing unselfish basketball. She tallied 10 points, but the junior's presence inside the paint opened up looks for her teammates.
"Claire is starting to emerge as a leader," Studebaker said. "She played a whale of a game defensively that led to some easy scoring opportunities for us.
The game was tight early as Covington led 11-8 after one and 20-11 at the break.
"We started slowly," said Studebaker. "We saw a zone defense, which we haven't seen yet. We missed some open looks and struggled offensively early on, but defensively we were getting after them."
The Lady Buccs broke the game open with a strong third quarter, outscoring North 18-6 in the frame to take a commanding 38-17 lead.
From there the Lady Buccs cruised to the 25-point win by outscoring the Panthers 13-9 in the final period.
"At the half we made some adjustments and the kids started to figure it out," Studebaker explained. "We got some easy scoring opportunities off of what we were doing defensively and the girls started to have fun because they were having success. Success breads success."
Freshman Carlie Besecker led all scorers with a game-high 15 points, while sophomore Meg Rogers scored a career-high 13 points. Freshman Gracie Anderson chipped in nine points, while freshman Kearsten Wiggins and sophomore Erika Gostomsky scored two points each.
The win moves Covington's record to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the CCC. The Lady Buccs will host Mississinawa Valley on Saturday at Noon - a game moved up from January after Troy Christian had to reschedule due to Covid. The rescheduled date for the Troy Christian game is yet to be determined.
Covington: 11 9 18 13 - 51
TC North: 8 3 6 9 - 26
20-2pt, 1-3pt, 8/10 FT
Carlie Besecker - 15
Meg Rogers - 13
Claire Fraley - 10
Gracie Anderson - 9
Kearsten Wiggins - 2
Erika Gostomsky - 2
Tri-County North 26
9-2pt, 1-3pt, 5/16 FT
N. Lefeld - 8
M Bacher - 8
H Webster - 4
R. Terry - 3
Klingenberger - 2
Flory - 1