Senior, Logan Graher led the Lady Buccs.
November 23, 2002 FAIRLAWN
What better way to start the basketball season than two straight wins on back-to-back nights? That's the way Covington Lady Buccs started their season. Last night they dominated Houston 45-28 and back that performance up with a 66-32 trouncing over Fairlawn.
MaryBeth Bayman led the way again with a game-high 16 points and Stephanie Thompson and Meredith Besecker dropped in 15 points each. Freshman, Michelle Meyer knocked down 13 points for her second straight game in double figures.
Next the Lady Buccs travel to Mississinawa Valley for conference action. The game starts at 5:30 on Tuesday, November 26th.
November 22, 2002 COVINGTON
The Lady Buccs basketball team started off the 2002-03 season with an impressive 45-28 win over Houston in front of the hometown crowd.
Defense was the key as Covington held Houston to only nine points at halftime. Offensively, MaryBeth Bayman (18) and freshman, Michelle Meyer (10) scored in double figures.
Covington jumped out to a 10-4 lead at the end of the first. They increased their lead to 25-9 at halftime, behind the hot shooting of Bayman.
Covington went cold early in the third quarter as Houston outscored the Lady Buccs 8-4 in the period.
Michelle Myer caught fire in the fourth and led the Lady Buccs on a 16-9 run to finish the game.
Meredith Besecker and Audrey Doseck had solid games under the boards as well and Jenny Thompson contributed with 6 points.
December 12, 2002 COVINGTON
The Covington Lady Buccs benefited from three players scoring in double figures to down conference foe Twin Valley South 49-21 at Covington High School. Audrey Doseck led the way with a game high 15 points while Michelle Meyer knocked down 12 points and Meredith Besecker scored 10.
Covington took control from the outset. Besecker scored all 10 of here points in the first half and Meyer added 7 more to give the Lady Buccs a 23-14 lead at the half. The Lady Buccs increased the pressure on defense in the second half to hold South to only 7 points the rest of the way. Meanwhile, the offense continued to dominate as Doseck took control on the inside. By the end of the third period, Covington increased their lead to 35-19 and eventually won going away 49-21.
Jenny Thompson added 6 points for the Lady Buccs while Logan Graher and MaryBeth Bayman connected for 4 and 2 points respectively.
Covington (5-2) is back in action this Saturday at Tri-County North. Tip-off is scheduled for noon.
Lady Buccs Down Yellow Springs, 64-49
February 20, 2003 W. ALEXANDRIA
If you haven't seen Heather Fields drive the lane beween two or three defenders and dish off a no-look pass, Michelle Meyer deliver a jump shot, Logan Greher aggrivating an opposing ball handler, or Audrey Doseck and Meredith Besecker going after a rebound, then you are missing out on some exciting basketball.
These girls, along with the rest of the Lady Buccs, were on display tonight against Yellow Springs at Twin Valley South High School. Despite playing in front of a sparse growd, the Lady Buccs (and Yellow Springs) performed like they were playing in front of a packed house at Madison Square Garden. The result was a hard-fought, entertaining basketball game that the Lady Buccs won 64-49.
The game was actually much closer than the final score, as Yellow Springs gave Covington all they could handle.
The Lady Bulldogs jumped out to a 5-1 lead before a Michelle Meyer 3-pointer. Yellow Springs increased their lead to 13-7 by taking the ball aggressively to the basket and outhustling the Lady Buccs.
After Covington coach, Chris Besecker called a timeout, the Lady Buccs went on a 10-1 run that was capped off by another Meyer free throw at the buzzer to end the first period.
Leading 17-14 to start the second period, the Lady Buccs appeared to be on their way to putting the game away early. Covington went on a 5-0 run to increase their lead to 22-14 and force the Lady Bulldogas to take a timeout with 6:28 left in the half.
Yellow Springs responded with a run of their own to cut the Covington lead to 24-20 in a matter of minutes.
Again, the Lady Buccs scored 5 unanswered points to increase thier lead to 29-20 and by halftime, Covington built a 10-point lead, 36-26.
Once again, Yellow Springs change the momentum of the game in their favor. The Lady Bulldogs went on a 16-8 run to close the gap to 2 points, 44-42 late in the third. A third Michelle Meyer 3-pointer closed out the period and pushed the Covington lead back to 5 points.
The final period was all Covington as Yellow Springs didn't have another run left in them. The Lady Buccs oustcored the Lady Bulldogs 20-7 in the final 8:00 to advance to the next round of the sectional tournament.
Michelle Meyer led the Lady Buccs with 20 points while Audrey Doseck added 14. Seven Covington players scored on the night to give coach Besecker a balance offensive attack.
The Lady Buccs travel back to Twin Valley South this coming Saturday at 2:30 pm to face Tri-Village.
If you don't have a ticket
get one. It's well worth the price of admission.
Michelle Meyer 20
Audrey Doseck 14
Jenny Thompson 8
Meredith Besecker 6
MaryBeth Bayman 6
Logan Greher 3
Scoring by Periods:
Lady Buccs Win Sectional
February 22, 2003 WEST ALEXANDRIA
If the Covington Lady Buccs needed any motivation in their sectional finals matchup with Tri-Village all they had to do was think about their 47-40 loss two weeks ago to the Lady Patriots.
"We didn't play well in that game at all," said Covington coach Chris Besecker. "We didn't rebound well and play defense the way we can. Today we knew we had to control the boards and play solid defense and we did that."
Covington played mostly man-to-man defense in their previous contest between the two teams and switched to a zone defense in today's rematch and the result was a 50-40 win for the sectional championship.
"We had a total team effort today," continued coach Besecker. "We did have some problems early on the defensive boards, but we did a much better job in the second half. We created some turnovers and the kids made some big shots down the stretch."
Neither team could get the upper hand early as each team traded baskets throughout the first period. After 8:00 of play, the Lady Buccs held a slim 8-6 lead thanks to two buckets by MaryBeth Bayman and a basket each from Heather Fields and Jenny Thompson.
Covington increased their lead to 16-8 on buckets by Audrey Doseck, Meredith Besecker, Fields and Thompson. The Lady Patriots battled back to close the gap to 16-15 with under 1:00 to go in the half. Three more points by Bayman increased the Buccaneer lead to 19-15 until Tri-Village connected on a jumper to close out the first half.
The Lady Buccs took control of the game early in the third period. Covington went on an 11-4 run that was capped off by buckets by Bayman and Doseck. After a Tri-Village timeout with 3:14 left in the period, Besecker, Bayman and Doseck struck again to increase Covington's advantage to 38-25.
Tri-Village hit on 2 free throws before MaryBeth Bayman broke lose for a layup to end the third.
"MaryBeth had a huge game," complemented coach Besecker. "She pulled down some critical rebounds and got some stick backs that we really needed."
Tri-Village made one last run at the Lady Buccs and closed the gap to 6 points, 44-38, but Covington connected on their free throws down the stretch to take the sectional title with a 50-40 win.
MaryBeth Bayman led Covington with 15 points while Michelle Meyer scored 10 and Heather Fields knocked down 9 points. Meredith Besecker and Audrey Doseck had a solid games controlling the boards and each contributed with 6 points. Jenney Thompson rounded out the Buccaneer scoring with 4 points.
Covington moves on to play the winner of the Sidney Upper Bracket next Saturday at 4:15 in Vandalia's Student Activities Center.
Michelle Meyer 10
Audrey Doseck 6
Jenny Thompson 4
Meredith Besecker 6
MaryBeth Bayman 15
Scoring by Periods:
Lady Buccs' Season Ends Against Fort Loramie
February 28, 2003 VANDALIA
Going into today's District Championship game against Fort Loramie at Vandalia's Student Activities Center, everyone knew the Covington Lady Buccs were young, but spunky. After all, they made it this far behind the leadership of two seniors and a cast of young, aggressive players around them.
Fort Loramie came into the game with only 2 losses the entire year and it was no secret that the Lady Buccs would have to play their best basketball on the biggest stage they've ever played on in order to win. It was a monumental task for a young group of kids, but the Lady Buccs gave it their best shot despite an early onslaught by the Lady Redskins.
Fort Loramie scored the first 14 points of the game before Covington's Heather Fields penetrated for a layup. It was evident early that the Lady Buccs were battling their nerves as they committed numerous uncharacteristic turnovers.
Once the Lady Buccs settled down, the game became more competitive. After the 14-0 run to start the game, Loramie only outscored Covington 17-12 before halftime.
The Lady Redskins controlled the offensive and defensive boards throughout the game as Covington just couldn't handle Loramie's significant highth advantage. Fort Loramie also made it difficult for the Lady Buccs to get much going offensively by applying conistant pressure on the ball and stepping in passing lanes throughout the contest.
This trend continued in the second half as Fort Loramie increased their lead to 49-20 by the end of the third period.
Most teams facing the frustration of a 29-point deficit heading into the final period would pack it in, but the Lady Buccs continued to play as hard as they have played the entire season. Covington held Loramie to only 4 points in the final 8:00, but the Lady Redskins advanced to the Regional tournament with a 53-24 win.
Despite the tough loss, the Lady Buccs have plenty to be proud of and even more to build on for next year. They know what it takes to get this far and have the talent coming back next season to make another run in the tournament.
Unforunatley, two players will be lost to gradualtion after excellent careers in Covington uniforms. Logan Graher and (Stephanie) Thompson finished their careers as District Runner-ups and take with them fond memories they can pass on to the next generation.