NOVEMBER 28, 2020 - COVINGTON
Playing a strong program like Versailles is always a tall task for anyone.
But playing Versailles in the season opener with two starters out and just five practices under your belt with the entire team available makes it that much more difficult.
Which explains why Covington coach Brandon Studebaker wasn't disappointed in the effort his kids gave despite a 66-36 defeat.
"Yes, the effort was there," said Studebaker. "We played hard, but it was evident that we aren't in playing shape yet. We've had kids miss a lot of time because of being quarantined and we've only really had five practices where we've all been together."
Unfortunately, the kids all being together has been short lived as starters Ellie Hedges and Claudia Harrington weren't in the lineup.
This stressed Covington's depth and forced freshmen into the fire against an opponent who is known for its own relentless play.
But the freshmen played well considering the circumstances.
"I thought our freshmen played as well as you could expect," praised Studebaker. "Carlie (Besecker) had a nice game and Gracie (Anderson) had the basketball in her hands a lot. Kearsten (Wiggins) came off the bench and gave us some good minutes."
Covington played right with Versailles early on and trailed juts 15-10 after one.
But Versailles' depth took its tole on Covington as the Lady Tigers went on a 20-6 run in the second to push the lead to 35-16 at the break.
"We had a lot of open looks and didn't convert," Studebaker explained. "We missed on some open passes and didn't take advantage of scoring opportunities inside the paint. Those are things we'll improve on with more experience."
Covington continued to battle the best it could in the second half, but Versailles just had too much depth. The Tigers outscored the Lady Buccs 31-18 over the final two quarters.
"Versailles was hungry for a win and they came in and played well," praised Studebaker of the Lady Tigers. "We just made a lot of inexperienced mistakes. We have the pieces, we just need to continue to play so we can gain more experience."
Freshman Carlie Besecker led Covington with a game-high 15 points, while Claire Fraley dropped in 11 points.
The 0-1 Lady Buccs travel to Tri-County North Thursday to begin league play.
Covington: 10 6 9 11 = 36
Versailles: 15 20 18 13 = 66
12-2pt FG, 12/19 FT
Carlie Besecker - 15
Claire Fraley - 11
Gracie Anderson - 6
Parker Metz - 2
Meg Rogers - 2
23-2pt FG, 4-3pt FG, 8/13 FT
Stamen - 15
Brown - 14
Briscoe - 12
H. Dirksen - 10
K. Dirksen - 5
H. Stammen - 4
Griesdorn - 2
Magato - 2
Grilliot - 2