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The Lady Buccs have the weapons to move the ball around, taking the pressure off of Michelle Meyer (above) who took a pounding from opposing defenders.

Andrea Meyer returns a a dangerous weapon from long range.
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at Houston
Fairlawn
Tri-Village
at Versailles
Bethel
Tipp City
at Milton Union
Tri-County North
at Russia
at Ansonia
at New Bremen
Bradford
at Arcanum
Mississinawa Valley
at Franklin Monroe
Jackson Center
at TV South
Newton
Miami East
at National Trail
vs Miss. Valley at Tipp
vs Ansonia at Tipp
vs Yellow Springs
vs Southeastern

W 54-18
W 56-33
W 61-36
L 52-59
W 50-21
L 32-43
W 60-34
W 73-31
W 53-34
W 64-32
W 53-48
W 57-27
W 39-36
W 75-39
W 45-29
L 32-36
W 69-31
W 66-23
W 51-29
W 62-41
W 59-32
W 46-17
W 61-32
L 43-40

Team

CCC

ALL

Covington

11-0

17-3

Arcanum

10-1

16-4

Franklin Monroe

9-2

13-7

Tri-Village

7-4

11-9

Ansonia

7-4

9-11

National Trail

6-5

9-11

Mississinawa Valley

6-5

7-13

Bethel

4-7

6-14

Tri-County North

3-8

4-16

Newton

2-9

5-15

Bradford

1-10

1-19

Twin Valley South

0-11

2-18

The Covington Lady Buccs basketball program is on a roll after two straight 20-win seasons. Due to the recent success and the talent coming back, expectations are higher than ever for another season of 20 or more wins and perhaps a deeper run the the state tournament.

Leading the way is 5'9" senior Michelle Meyer, a starter since her high school career began as a freshman. She has already cemented her legend as one of the top basketball players in the history of the school. Her 1,090 career points is fourth in school history among girls. If she continues at her scoring pace, Michelle will likely become the second leading scorer behind only the great Lynnette Roeth.

It's obvious the strategy of opposing defenses will revolve around containing Meyer, which means she will face double and triple teams and get pounded when she drives to the basket. In order for the Lady Buccs to have success, others will have to step up and the Lady Buccs have the talent on the roster to do just that.

Juniors Ashley Johnson and Andrea Meyer are the two who are capable of taking over the offensive load when defenses clamp down on Michelle.

Johnson is outstanding handling the ball and has shown the ability to drive to the basket. She also has a nice shot from long range, which will keep defenses off balance.

Andrea Meyer, the cousin of Michelle, is dangerous from anywhere on the floor. She can take over a game from the perimeter, as evident by her performances a year ago.

Those who choose to focus strictly on Michelle could pay dearly by leaving Johnson and Andrea with open shots.

Another key to the Lady Buccs offense is the progression of 5'10" junior Alex Christian. Being the tallest on this years team, Christian will give up a size advantage to most opponents. So, being physical and technically sound will be the key. Alex has already proven she can be a dominating force under the basket, with or without double-digit scoring performances. Scoring statistics won't measure Christian's impact in 2005-06 as she will open things up for others by giving second and third shot opportunities with rebounds and setting solid screens.

Junior Chelsea Tebbe isn't known for her scoring prowess, but she does make opponents pay by forcing turnovers and converting points off of the turnovers. Tebbe stepped up big time last season with her defensive performance and actually saved the Lady Buccs against Russia.

A pleasant addition this year will be the return of senior Amanda Furrow. After a year away from the game, Furrow returns to give the Lady Buccs another scoring threat and a solid defensive presence. Furrow may be the quickest player on the roster and she has the in-your-face style of play Coach Besecker loves in a player.

Coming off the bench will be a variety of talented players who have the ability to contribute at a high level.

LauriKate Bayman is perhaps the most athletically gifted player on the roster. Bayman has the quickness to become an outstanding defender, much as her older sister was two years ago. Bayman also has the ability to put points on the board by driving to the basket or pulling up for a 10 to 15 footer.

Freshman Lauren Boggs is also an exciting addition as she gives the Lady Buccs size and strength under the basket. With Alex Christian the only true post player in the upper classes, Boggs will likely be worked into the rotation as the season progresses.

Also looking to provide valued depth will be sophomores Ashley Hoblit, Mackenzie Potter, and freshman Renee Otte and Holly Tobias.

Despite the lack of hight on the roster, the Lady Buccs have the talent, experience and athleticism to gain a third straight 20-win season and an exciting tournament run.