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A NEW BEGINNING...
With the turn of the new year Covington saw the much-awaited return of Jessie Crowell in a 44-40 win over Ansonia.

2013-14 BASKETBALL LINKS

2013-14 SCHEDULE

11/22/13
11/23/13
11/26/13
11/30/13
12/05/13
12/12/13
12/16/13
12/23/13
12/27/13
12/28/13
01/06/14
01/09/14
01/12/14
01/18/14
01/22/14
01/23/14
01/30/14
02/01/14
02/03/14
02/06/14
02/08/14
02/10/14
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02/13/14

02/18/14
01/22/14
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03/01/14

@ Houston
Fairlawn (No JV)
Bradford
@ Versailles
@ Franklin Monroe
Mississinawa
Tri-Village
@ Newton
@ Piqua vs Lehman
@ Piqua
@ Ansonia
Bethel
@ Miami East
Greenville
@ Milton-Union
National Traill
@ Twin Valley South
Newton (Non-CCC)
Tri-County North
@ Arcanum
@ Russia
Jackson Center
SECTIONAL
Newton
Dayton Christian
Tri-Village

DISTRICT
Fayetteville-Perry

L 39-50
LOSS
L 36-38
L 16-61
W 42-18
W 48-40
L 34-39
L 28-33
L 40-45
W 48-47

W 44-40
W 64-13
L 32-57
W 45-26
L 46-49
W 41-39
W 61-10
W 57-42
W 62-32
L 44-46
LOSS
LOSS
...
W 40-29
W 50-16
W 58-45
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3:00PM

2013-14 CCC STANDINGS

Team

CCC

ALL

Miami East

12-0

21-1

Arcanum 11-1 18-4
Tri-Village 10-2 18-5
Bradford 9-3 18-5
Covington 7-5 11-12
Ansonia 6-6 12-10
Newton 6-6 11-10
National Trail 5-7 6-15
Mississinawa Valley 5-7 5-18
Franklin Monroe 3-9 5-18
Tri-County North 2-10 5-18
Bethel 1-11 2-20
Twin Valley South 0-12 1-20

JANUARY 4, 2014 - ANSONIA
It's a new calendar year for a young Covington girls basketball team and it couldn't have started any better as the Lady Buccs saw the return of their leading scorer a year ago in a 44-40 win at Ansonia on Saturday.

And it was sophomore Jessie Crowell, who was out with an knee injury suffered over the summer, that led the way with 15 points for Covington.

"She's been cleared for a couple of weeks and the plan today was to give her about two minutes a quarter so she could get her feet wet," said Covington coach Craig Machino. "The strategy worked for three quarters."

That's because Crowell forced Maschino's hand to go all-in in the fourth quarter thanks to the way the sophomore found a groove in minimal playing time in the first three quarters.

And a huge trey off of a Carly Shell steal at the end of the third quarter to tie the score at 30-30 didn't hurt matters.

"That was a big sequence for us," Maschino explained. "Shell got the steal and kicked it to Jessie for a three and I knew then I couldn't keep her off the floor. She was getting more and more comfortable out there, so I let her stay on the floor to begin the fourth quarter and she never gave me a reason to take her out."

It was the spark Covington needed as Brooke Gostomsky canned a jumper to start the fourth quarter and the Lady Buccs never trailed again.

Which was a big turnaround for a team that has dropped close games to Bradford, Tri-Village, Newton and Lehman in the final minutes - games that could have Covington standing at 8-3 on the season instead of 4-7.

"We've been stressing the importance of finishing games," Maschino explained. "It starts in practice with finishing drills, drives to the basket, crashing the boards and so on. Today, we finished."

Which was needed as Ansonia was a handful for Covington throughout the contest, never conceding anything for an entire four quarters.

"I want to give Ansonia credit because they play hard," Maschino praised. "They didn't give us anything, we had to earn it. They gave us all we could handle."

Ansonia took an 8-6 lead after one and led 20-19 at the break as Covington committed eight of its nine turnovers in the first half.

"We talked at halftime about taking care of the basketball and to have just one turnover in the second half was huge in a game this tight," said Maschino.

The Lady Tigers kept the pressure on Covington throughout most of the third quarter until Crowell's trey with six seconds left in the frame knotted the score at 30-30 with one quarter to play.

Gostomsky's shot to start the fourth quarter gave Covington a lead it wouldn't relinquish as the Lady Buccs converted at the free throw line down the stretch.

In all, The Lady Buccs made 21 out of 28 free throws in the contest to just seven for 13 for Ansonia.

"We were aggressive with the basketball and that's why we shot twenty-eight free throws," explained Maschino. "Cass (Cassidy Cain) was nine of twelve and Jessie (Crowell) was eight of nine from the line."

It all led to a confidence-building win for a young team still looking for an identity.

"This win is big because everything we've been working on in practice led to this win," said Maschino. "The girls have worked hard all year and as a coach you know sooner or later the kids will be rewarded. I think we're turning the corner."

The win moves Covington's record to 4-7 overall and 3-3 in the CCC.

Next up is a home game against Bethel on Thursday.

SCORE BY QUARTERS:
Covington - 6 .. 13 .. 11 .. 14 = 44
Ansonia - 8 .. 12 .. 10 .. 10 = 40

COVINGTON SCORING:
Jessie Crowell - 15
Cassidy Cain - 12
Carly Shell - 9
Heidi Cron - 3
Morgan McReynolds - 2
Brooke Gostomsky - 2
Arianna Richards - 2

ANSONIA SCORING:
Catey Fischer - 17
Lydia Sink - 12
Gayla Crabtree - 4
Monica Stover - 2
Abby Helmke - 2
Breanna Tuthill - 2
Jailyn Thwaits - 1

 


Cassidy Cain dropped in 12 points for Covington.