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Cassidy Cain and the Lady Buccs split a pair of games at the annual Holiday Tournament at Piqua over the weekend.


2013-14 SCHEDULE



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


L 39-50
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
W 40-29
W 50-16
W 58-45





Miami East



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

Rob Kiser - Piqua Daily Call

It won't jump out at you when you look at the Covington boxscore.

But, that one point next to Arianna Richards could just as well be in bold print.

Richards only point was the decider in Covington's 48-47 victory over Piqua in the girls consolation game of the Buckeye Insurance Group Holiday Classic Saturday at Garbry Gymnasium.

With 26.3 seconds remaining, Richards stepped to the line with the game tied at 47.
After the sophomore missed her first attempt, she calmly sank the second to give the Lady Buccs a 48-47 lead.

"Everybody's talked about our youth," Covington coach Craig Maschino said. "I think for a sophomore like Arianna (Richards) to step up in that situation hit that free throw — that really says a lot about her."

Piqua had a chance to score, but couldn't find the mark — but Covington lost the ball out of bounds trying to score, giving the Lady Indians the ball back for one last chance with 4.4 seconds to go.

Needing to go the length of the court, Piqua made a pass to midcourt and got a shot from the paint that just missed as the game ended.

"We talked about the baseball pass — that's what happened against Bradford," Maschino said. "But, Heidi Cron did a nice job recovering on defense and forcing the miss. We have a lot of goals for the second half of the season and this gives us some momentum. That might be the biggest point Arianna (Richards) has ever scored and are biggest point of the season."

For Piqua coach Rory Hoke, another tough loss was hard to stomach.

"I really don't have much to say," Hoke said. "We did a great job in the second half coming out and pressuring them. The kids never quit. But, we just put ourselves in such a big hole again."

With Morgan McReynolds providing a big spark — to go with all-tournament selection Cassidy Cain — Covington finished the first half with an 11-2 run to go in front 24-14.

"We had a 10-point lead, just like Friday (in a loss to Lehman)," Maschino said. "We knew they were going to come out and pressure us. I thought we had a better second half offensively tonight."

But, with Tasha Potts and Katie Allen combining for 19 second-half points, the Lady Indians made a big run.

They closed to 37-30 after three quarters and finally pulled even at 47 with 1:10 remaining on a jumper by Allen, setting up Richards big free throw.

"What we didn't anticipate was them trapping us in the middle of the court," Maschino said. "It took us a couple possessions to adjust to that. I thought there were a lot of balls we got to today from hustle. And this was a big win for us."

Cain scored 18 points for Covington, while McReynolds had nine points and 13 rebounds.
Allen, who was named to the all-tournament team, had 13 points for Piqua.

Potts had 12 points and eight rebounds, while Kayla Schrubb pulled down nine rebounds.

Covington was 16 of 38 from the floor for 42 percent and 13 of 20 from the line for 65 percent.

Piqua was 17 of 54 from the floor for 31 percent and eight of 14 from the line for 57 percent.

Covington won the battle of the boards 35-27, but had 19 turnovers to Piqua's nine.

Covington (48)
Arianna Richards 0-1-1, Brooke Gostomsky 2-1-6, Heidi Cron 3-1-8, Cassidy Cain 4-9-18, Morgan McReynolds 4-1-9, Carly Shell 1-0-2, Lexi Long 2-0-4. Totals: 16-13-48.

Piqua (47)
Hannah Went 0-1-1, Macy Yount 1-2-4, Katie Allen 5-2-13, Morgen Grunkemeyer 1-0-2, Tasha Potts 5-0-12, Kayla Schrubb 2-2-6, Frannie Haney 1-1-4, Danajha Clemons 1-0-3, Teija Davis 0-0-0, Janise Hummel 1-0-2. Totals: 17-8-47.

3-point field goals — Covington: Gostomsky, Cron, Cain. Piqua: Allen, Potts (2), Haney, Clemons.

Score By Quarters
Covington 13 24 37 48
Piqua 8 14 30 47

Records: Covington 3-5, Piqua 3-6.

Rob Kiser - Piqua Daily Call

It was just what Lehman girls basketball coach Craig Hall had been waiting to see and what Covington coach Craig Maschino has seen far too often.

In the opening game of the Buckeye Insurance Group Holiday Classic, Lehman rallied from a 26-12 defcit late in the first half to pull out a 40-35 victory over Covington.

Lehman will play Russia in the championship game at 7 p.m. tonight, while Covington will play Piqua in the consolation game at 4 p.m.

"Our defense is the key to our team and it was again tonight," Hall said. "We got a lot start. I know we have five seniors, but they don't have a lot of experience. We are starting to jell. Things came together for us tonight."

For Covington, it was the fifth time in nine games, the Lady Buccs had loss by five points or less.

"We are close," Maschino said. "We have to find a way to finish these games. What happened tonight is something that has happened in about seven other games."

Brooke Jones got two big baskets late in first half to close the Lehman deficit to 26-16.

And while Lehman turned the ball over on three of its first four possessions in the second half, the Cavaliers defense limited Covington to two second half points in 11:33, before Carly Shell broke the ice with a three from the corner.

But, by that time Lehman had played itself back into the game, trailing just 31-27.

"We left them in the game and they took advantage of it," Maschino said. "We weren't taking good shots like we were in the first half."

Julia Harrelson, who had five points in the third quarter, answered with basket and Jordi Emrick scored to tie it at 31 with 3:57 remaining in the game.

Points came hard to come by at that point, with both teams missing from the line.

Ava Schmitz hit one of two free throws with 2:05 remaining to make it 32-31 and with 1:20 to go Allison Hall grabbed a rebound of shot that was well short and put it back in to make it 34-31.

"I told the kids, there were a lot of different moments down the stretch that could be called game-changing moments," Hall said.

Brooke Gostomsky hit two free throws to get Covington within 34-33 with 45 seconds to go, but Schmitz answered with a breakaway layup seven seconds later.

Cassidy Cain would score for Covington to make it 36-35, but Harrelson and Schmitz calmly hit four straight free throws to ice the victory.

"It is that way in practice," Hall said. "We struggle at the line, but when we need to make them, we do."

Maschino could only think about what could have been.

"We were able to score at the end, but then we had to foul them," he said. "The Harrelson girl is a nice player and we had trouble stopping the ball when she had it."

With Cain scoring 11 points in the opening half and Shell adding five in the first quarter off the bench, Covington had led 26-12.

"Sometimes, we play like one of the best basketball teams around," Maschino said. "We have to find a way to be more consistent."

Covington had led 13-3, before Lehman scored nine in a row, only to see the Lady Buccs score 12 in a row.

But, it was a different story after that.

"I told the girls it was game of streaks," Hall said. "We would go on a run and then they would go on a run. The second half was probably the best defense we have played all year."

Harrelson had 18 points to lead Lehman, while Cain paced the Lady Buccs with 13.


Covington (35)

Arianna Richards 1-0-2, Brooke Gostomsky 2-2-6, Heidi Cron 1-2-4, Cassidy Cain 4-5-13, Morgan McReynolds 0-0-0, Carly Shell 3-0-8, Lexi Long 1-0-2. Totals: 12-9-35.

Lehman (40)

Ava Schmitz 1-5-7, Julia Harrelson 6-6-18, Jordi Emrick 1-0-2, Brooke Jones 4-0-8, Kassie Lee 0-1-1, Jenna Kroneberger 1-0-2, Madeline Franklin 0-0-0, Allison Hall 1-0-2, Sara Fuller 0-0-0, Katie Heckman 0-0-0. Totals: 14-12-40.

3-point field goals — Covington: Shell (2).

Score By Quarters

Covington 13 26 28 35

Lehman 5 16 25 40

Records: Lehman 2-6, Covington 2-7.

Reserve score: Lehman 26, Covington 20.