FEBRUARY 8, 2014 - COVINGTON
This isn't going to be your typical game recap where key moments of the game are described in detail. If that's what you want to read, you may as well just click away to another resource on the web.
Instead, this is an opportunity to lift the spirits of some great kids - who do things the right way - on and off the court.
Prior to Saturday's game against Anna the Covington faithful honored the six seniors on the boys basketball team by introducing each senior along with their parents. It was a fitting tribute to six great young men who handle themselves in a way that represents Covington schools and the Covington community in a positive light.
The Anna crowd was gracious guests in regards to properly applauding each Covington senior, but being gracious on the court wasn't the objective of the Rockets and they were relentless after a sluggish first quarter.
Anna pressed Covington to the tune of 26 Buccaneer turnovers on the night - many coming out of frustration.
It resulted in a 62-45 loss for the Buccs in what may arguably be the most frustrating evening of the season for a Covington team that has improved as the season progressed.
The frustration was evident by an unnecessary technical foul, a player slamming his fist on the bench and some questioning of calls on the floor - all out of character for this group of kids - a group of kids that have all handled themselves with integrity and class through good times and bad this season.
Still, the frustration also is a sign of passion - that the kids care for one another and the season that is still left to be played.
This passion is unwavering and the effort the Buccaneers give does not go unnoticed - especially the passion and effort of the senior class. That's why several people hung around at least 30 minutes after the game to applaud the seniors after they came back to the floor for one final picture as a group along with the lone senior on the girls basketball team, Morgan McReynolds.
It was a rough night for the Buccs, but a night they can reflect on once the sun comes up tomorrow. And when they do they'll understand that they have the support of an entire community behind them - win or lose.
Because this is a "GREAT GROUP OF KIDS".
BY THE NUMBERS:
Covington shot 36% from the floor (15-41), 33% from behind the arc (3-9) and 71% from the free throw line (12-17). The Buccs pulled down 32 rebounds and 8 were of the offensive variety. Covington committed 26 turnovers.
Anna shot 40% from the floor (20-37), 28% from behind the arc (4-14) and 54% from the free throw line (19-47). The Rockets pulled down 30 rebounds and 11 of those were at the offensive end. Anna turned the ball of 15 times on the night.
Andre Benedict - 23
Tyler Henry - 10
Austin Lefeld - 3
Robert gengler - 3
Ethan Meyer - 2
Seth Clark - 2
Jordan Maschino - 2
C. Bensman - 24
E. Ronnie - 10
J. Robinson - 8
J. Albers - 8
N. Doseck - 4
C. Williams - 3
C. Huelscamp - 2
G. Glover - 2
B. Cates - 1