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'14-'15 Lady Buccs...


2014-15 SCHEDULE


@ Fairlawn (No JV)
@ Bradford
Newton (No JV)
Franklin Monroe
@ Miss. Valley
@ Piqua
Russia @ Piqua
@ Tri-Village
Milton Union
@ Bethel
@ Greenville
Miami East
@ National Trail
@ Jackson Center
@ TC North
@ Newton
Twin Valley South

W 43-39
L 53-59
L 52-54
L 43-55
W 46-35
L 38-43
W 75-23
W 59-44
W 47-39
L 31-79
L 31-42
W 55-40
W 55-29
W 68-19
W 54-52
W 49-39
W 66-32
W 85-23
L 42-43
L 36-41
W 69-19
W 52-38
L 32-33








Newton 11-1 20-2
Covington 9-3 13-9
Miami East 9-3 13-9
Arcanum 8-4 12-10
Mississinawa Valley 7-5 9-14
National Trail 7-5 10-13
Ansonia 5-7 9-13
Bethel 3-9 4-18
Bradford 3-9 5-17
Tri-County North 2-10 2-21
Franklin Monroe 1-11 2-21
Twin Valley South 1-12 3-19

By Rob Kiser - Piqua Daily Call
COVINGTON — Craig Maschino's first year as Covington girls basketball coach didn't go the way he anticipated.

Injuries and some close losses led to a 13-13 season.

But, the Lady Buccs finished the season playing their best basketball and with the majority of those players returning, have continued that momentum through the off-season.

"Even though I got the job late last year, I knew a lot of the kids from coaching them in junior high," Maschino said. "We finished 13-13. Had you told me a .500 season, I wasn't expecting anything like that. But, we had our share of injuries. By the end of the season, we were playing the way I thought we would."

The core group returning is led by 5-9 senior Cassidy Cain and 5-2 senior Heidi Cron — along with four juniors in 5-9 Brooke Gostomsky, 5-7 Carly Shell, 5-4 Arianna Richards and 5-4 Jessie Crowell.

In the Buccs three sectional tournament wins, they combined for an incredible 26 3-point field goals — knocking off top seeded Tri-Village in the sectional title game.

"I am confident with any five of those six girls on the floor," Maschino said. "That win over Tri-Village — that was a huge win for us."

The Lady Buccs talent doesn't end there.

Two sophomores in 5-10 Kelsey McReynolds and 5-4 Justice Warner return and rounding out the roster are 5-5 junior Julianna Yingst, 5-3 junior Mariah Dysinger and 5-4 freshman Jordan Crowell.

"Kelsey (McReynolds) is getting stronger and still learning," Maschino said. "She is going to be a good player."

Cain averaged 13.4 points per game last year, while Crowell averaged almost 10 after returning from an ACL injury in the second half of the season.

"Cassidy (Cain) is a real solid player and gives us a lot of leadership," Maschino said. "It is great to have a healthy Jessie Crowell (who led the team in scoring as a freshman) back."

And while the top six can all hit the 3-point shot, Maschino doesn't expect to have to relay on it.

"Brooke (Gostomsky) has really improved her game," Maschino said. "I think playing against the twins (Miami East's Current twins) really helped her last year. She was a different player after that."

And Maschino knows they need to have balance on offense.

"They went through this in junior high," he said. "Teams really focused on stopping Jessie Crowell in seventh and eighth grade and Cass (Cassidy Cain) in eighth grade. That's one thing we have talked about. Everybody needs to be able to score."

Defensively, Maschino likes to get after teams.

"We want to pressure teams from end-line to end-line," he said. "We want to play man and pressure teams. But, we will also have some different looks we will throw at people."
He would prefer to play uptempo.

"But, we know there are going to be times we have to slow down and be patient," he said.
The Lady Buccs like of size would appear to be make rebounding an issue — but Maschino isn't overly concerned with that area of the game.

"Teams are going to look at us before the game and think they will be able to control the boards," he said. "I don't think that will be the case. Cassidy (Cain) and Brooke (Gostomsky) are both very good rebounders. What might surprise people is Heidi (Cron) was our second leading offensive rebounder last year.

"She is aggressive to the ball and quick. Heidi is not neccessarily going to put the ball back up at her size (5-2). But, she can kick the ball back out and give us an extra possession."

Maschino expects the conference to be as strong as ever.

"Miami East has a new coach in Bruce Vanover," Maschino said. "I have a lot of respect for Bruce. They are going to come at you and play an aggressive man defense. Arcanum has a good mix of youth and experience. Tri-Village re-loads every year. And I hope we will be right in there (in the CCC). It is a strong conference. Newton had a good team and they will be good again."

Maschino is excited about the Lady Buccs' prospects.

"We had a great summer," Maschino said. "We did a lot of good things in our first scrimmage. I am excited about the season."

And he can't wait to see what his second season as coach brings.

2014-15 COVINGTON LADY BUCCS: Sitting (L-R): Heidi Cron, Manager Makenzee Maschino, Coach Craig Maschino, Manager Erika Gostomsky, Cassidy Cain. Standing (L-R): Jordan Crowell, Mariah Dysinger, Jessie Crowell, Carly Shell, Kelsey McReynolds, Brooke Gostomsky, Arianna Richards, Julianna Yingst, Justice Warner.

2014-15 COVINGTON LADY BUCCS JV SQUAD: Sitting: Junior Varsity Coach Adam Sweigart. Standing (L-R): Jordan Crowell, Shae Robinson, Kara Schaffer, Addison Metz, Allison Angle, Legend Patty, Victoria Lyle, Julianna Yingst, Justice Warner, Mariah Dysinger, Kailyn Pond.

2014-15 RETURNING LETTERMEN: Arianna Richards, Jessie Crowell, Brooke Gostomsky, Cassidy Cain, Carly Shell, Heidi Cron.