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'06-'07 Season Preview...
Andria Meyer remains a dangerous scoring threat for the Lady Buccs and will look to lead Covington to another outstanding season.

The one constant at Covington is the solid coaching of Lynnette Roeth (left) and Chris Besecker (right) as evident by the results over the passed decade.
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11/24/06
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01/25/07
01/27/07
02/01/07
02/08/07
Sectional
02/18/07
02/21/07
02/24/07
District
03/03/07
Regional
03/08/07

Houston
@ Fairlawn
@ Tipp City
Newton
Versailles
@ Tri-Village
Ansonia
@ Bethel
Russia
Milton Union
Miami East
@ National Trail
New Bremen
Twin Valley South
Arcanum
@ Tri-County North
@ Bradford
@ Jackson Center
Franklin Monroe
@ Mississinawa Valley
-----------------at Tipp City
Ansonia
Newton
Bethel
-----------------at Vandalia
Russia
-----------------at Vandalia
New Knoxville

W 54-23
W 32-28
L 31-40
W 59-20
L 28-54
W 63-30
W 50-20
W 48-32
W 50-32
W 50-38
L 48-50
W 51-19
W 47-29
W 70-20
W 50-43
W 47-19
W 45-20
W 44-28
W 59-35
W 67-31
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W 59-30
W 52-17
W 50-32
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W 41-32
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L 31-42

Team

CCC

ALL

Miami East

12-0

17-3

Covington

11-1

17-3

Arcanum

9-3

12-8

Franklin Monroe

8-4

10-9

Tri-County North

8-4

12-8

Bethel

7-5

8-11

Mississinawa Valley

6-6

10-9

Tri-Village

4-7

9-10

Ansonia

4-8

6-13

Twin Valley South

2-9

6-13

Newton

2-10

3-17

Bradford

1-10

3-16

National Trail 1-10 2-17

There are many reason why Chris Besecker has won 275 games at Covington, but you can probably put "defense" at the top of the list.

So, if Covington is going to record it's fourth straight 20-win season, you can bet it will because of defense. Besecker stressed that in his outlook for the 2006-07 season.

"Our lack of overall height and depth is a concern," said Besecker who's tallest player is Alex Christian at 5'10". "How well we defend our taller opponents will be a major factor in determining our level of success."

The lack of height and depth isn't anything new to Besecker and his staff as it seems to be an annual issue. Covington very rarely has players 6-foot tall, so Covington has had to be fundamentally sound in all phases of the game.

"We only have seven full-time varsity players," Besecker described. "We'll have to avoid foul trouble, stay injury free and defend well."

The Lady Buccs return four senior starters after only losing two seniors a year ago. One of those seniors, Michelle Meyer, left big shoes to fill after scoring 1560 career points and leading Covington to three straight 20-win season before heading off to play college basketball at Dartmouth.

Besecker will count heavily on seniors Ashley Johnson, Andrea Meyer and Alex Christian to put points on the board.

"Andrea is an outstanding perimeter threat and Ashley will direct the offense from the point," Besecker said. "Alex will anchor the inside game."

All three will also be expected to play solid defense, but one player is Besecker's shut-down defender. It's a responsibility Chelsea Tebbe excelled at last year as a junior.

"She'll once again defend our opponent's best perimeter player," continued Besecker.

Moving into the starting lineup will be senior LauriKate Bayman, who will play both inside and out. Junior Amanda Sprankle and Renee Otte will give the team a short but solid bench.

With the height and depth issues, repeating as conference champions will be tough once again. The league is balanced at the top with some usual suspects and one new addition.

"Arcanum and Franklin Monroe should be two of the top teams this year," Besecker said. "Miami East is new to the CCC and they are always tough."

Where Covington stands in the mix will be determined by how the team comes together as a unit. There are no big-time scorers or large bodies in the middle. It's typical Lady Buccs basketball...short, scrappy and smothering defensively.

Hopefully the results are the same...20-plus wins.