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'12-'13 Lady Buccs...

Returning Letter Winners:
#3 Heidi Snipes, #4 Jessie Shilt, #20 Cassidy Cain.
2012-13 BASKETBALL LINKS

2012-13 SCHEDULE

11/23/12
11/24/12
11/29/12
12/01/12
12/06/12
12/13/12
12/15/12
12/20/12
12/22/12
12/27/12
12/29/12
01/03/13
01/05/13
01/07/13
01/12/13
01/17/13
01/19/13
01/24/13
01/28/13
01/31/13
02/02/13
02/07/13
...
02/16/13
02/19/13
02/23/13

Houston
@ Fairlawn (No JV)(
@ Bradford
Versailles
Franklin Monroe
@ Mississinawa
Ansonia
@ Tri-Village
Newton
Piqua
Russia @ Piqua
@ Bethel
@ Jackson Center
Milton-Union
Miami East
@ National rail
@ Marion Local
@ Tri-Couny North
Russia
Twin Valley South
@ Newton (Non-CCC)
Arcanum
SECTIONAL
Bradford @ Brookville
Miss. Valley @ Brookville
FM @ Brookville

43-41
57-47
51-36
33-74
53-48
W
48-33
45-49
26-34
48-40
21-62
55-23
49-39
66-36
L
L
L
54-41
36-39
47-40
29-25
44-41
...
54-48
45-33
25-43

2012-13 CCC STANDINGS

Team

CCC

ALL

Miami East

12-0

21-1

Tri-Village 11-1 20-2
National Trail 10-2 14-8
Covington 8-4 14-8
Franklin Monroe 7-5 10-11
Arcanum 6-6 9-12
Mississinawa Valley 6-6 7-14
Tri-County North 6-6 12-10
Newton 5-7 10-12
Bradford 4-8 9-13
Twin Valley South 2-10 6-16
Ansonia 1-11 2-19
Bethel 0-12 1-21

By Rob Kiser - Piqua Daily Call

COVINGTON — For the first time in more than 20 years, the Covington girls basketball team will have new face at the end of the bench leading the team.

Gene Gooding has replaced long-time Lady Bucc coach Chris Besecker, who won 344 games in 23 years.

“Coach Besecker did an outstanding job with this program,” Gooding said. “They have a great tradition. That is one of the things that excited me about the job.”

And in his short time at Covington, it has been everything Gooding expected.

“Everyone has welcomed me and been very positive,” Gooding said. “I can’t say enough about that.”

The Lady Buccs are coming off two district final appearances in the last three years, but gone are much of the offense in double figure scorers Julianna Simon and Shelby Kihm and four starters.

Combine that with Gooding getting the job in June and it made for a very busy summer.

“They were already in a summer league and we had a week of camp,” Gooding said. “I got to know the girls very quickly.”

And he admits, both for him and the players, that process in still ongoing.

“I will know a lot better in a couple weeks, who is going to be playing where,” Gooding said in a pre-season interview. “I think we are getting better every day in practice and I am excited about the season.”

Covington will be a mix of experience and youth.

Along with returning point guard Heidi Snipes, a 5-6 senior; the other seniors included returning lettermen Jessie Shilt, a 5-8 wing; 5-5 Rachel Carder, 5-5 Kayleigh Cecil, 5-4 Brittanie Flora, 5-4 Jamie Crowell and 5-4 Ashley Albright.

“We don’t have a lot of experience, but we have great senior leaderships,” Gooding said.

The juniors include Jackie Siefring, a 5-10 transfer from Russia; and 5-8 Morgan McReynolds.

“Jackie (Siefring) is a girl that is going to help us a lot,” Gooding said. “We are excited about what she can do.”

The sophomores are 5-8 Cassidy Cain, 5-2 Heidi Cron, 5-1 Jessica Dammeyer and 5-5 Ariel Robinson.

Rounding out the roster is 5-3 freshman Jessie Crowell.

Cain started some games for the Lady Buccs last year, before being slowed by an injury.

“Cass (Cassidy Cain) is going to be a good player for us,” Gooding said. “We have some good young talent. Jessie Crowell is a very talented player.”

This will be a different Covington team for a number of reasons.

With two 6-1 players (Shelby Kihm, Caitlyn Crawford) graduating, along with 5-11 Julianna Simon, this Lady Buccs team is very different size-wise.

And because of that it will be a very different style of basketball.

“We will play uptempo,” Gooding said. “We will try and get some easy baskets in transition. We will play mostly man defense.”

And he said the transition has not been as difficult as you might think.

“When we have the Heidis (Heidi Snipes, Heidi Cron) at guard, we are very quick and have been able to get some easy baskets,” he said. “We graduated a lot of our scoring. That is one thing we have talked with the girls about. Some girls are going to have to step up. And we have some girls that have done that.”

Another change this year is the Lady Buccs will play in the Buckeye Insurance Group Holiday Classic at Piqua, playing the host Lady Indians in the first round.

“I think the kids are excited about it,” Gooding said. “Usually, you don’t get the chance to win a championship until the end of the season and we will have a chance mid-year.

“And there is nothing worse than going the holiday break without playing any games. So, that is another good thing.”

Along with a strong conference that includes state semifinalist Tri-Village and regional finalist Miami East from last year, the Lady Buccs will continue to play a strong non-conference schedule

“We have Versailles early and we play Jackson Center,” Gooding said. “We are definitely going to be tested.”

With a new coach who is very excited about the future of the program.


2012-13 COVINGTON LADY BUCCS: Sitting (L-R) - Brittanie Flora, Rachel Carder, Ashley Albright, Jessie Shilt, Heidi Snipes, Kayleigh Cecil, Jamie Crowell. Standing (L-R) - Head Coach Gene Gooding, Assistant Coach Craig Maschino, Jessie Crowell, Morgan McReynolds, Jackie Siefring, Cassidy Cain, Ariel Robinson, Heidi Cron, Jessica Dammeyer.

2012-13 COVINGTON LADY BUCCS JV SQUAD: Sitting (L-R): Julianna Yingst, Sadie Canan, Jessica Dammeyer, Ariel Robinson, Mariah Dysinger. Standing (L-R) - Manager Mazkenzee Maschino, Coach Craig Maschino, Arianna Richards, Brooke Gostomsky, Erin Olson, Danielle Swabb, Carly Shell.