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'15-'16 Lady Buccs...


2015-16 SCHEDULE



@ Houston
@ Arcanum
@ Versailles
@ Franklin Monroe
Mississinawa Valley
@ Newton
Troy @ ME
@ MIami East
@ Ansonia
@ Milton
@ Russia
@ Miami East
National Trail
Tri-County North
@ Twin Valley South
Jackson Center
Bradford (SEC)
Southeastern (SEC)

W 44-43
W 57-33
W 51-40
L 25-49
L 40-47
W 52-25
W 60-34
W 68-41
W 60-57
W 35-28
L 46-60
W 58-41
L 45-51
W 49-33
L 45-54
W 70-46
L 53-65
W 56-33
W 75-24
L 46-64
W 60-26
L 30-49
W 54-30
L 32-36








Miami East 10-2 14-8
Covington 10-2 14-8
Newton 9-3 15-7
Arcanum 9-3 13-9
Ansonia 7-5 12-10
Bethel 6-6 10-12
Bradford 5-7 8-14
National Trail 4-8 6-16
Mississinawa Valley 3-9 4-18
Franklin Monroe 2-10 2-20
Twin Valley South 1-11 3-19
Tri-County North 0-12 1-21

The Covington girls' basketball team enters the 2015-16 season loaded with talent, a nice balance of experience and leadership, as well as depth that the program hasn't seen in many years. The Lady Buccs have every reason to be optimistic as they prepare for high expectations.

And those expectations just might be higher than ever regardless of a difficult schedule. Despite the lack of size on the roster, talent, athleticism and maybe more importantly, experience, could result in an exciting tournament run.

The Lady Buccs season ended with a hard fought, heart breaking and disappointing loss in the sectionals in February. The team fought through adversity once again last season losing key players to numerous games as a result of injuries and other circumstances. Playing their best basketball late in the season and entering tournament play, the last second, buzzer beating loss is more than enough motivation to continue the Hard Work these girls are accustomed to.

This year's team will use that disappointing loss as motivation to drive success in hopes of making this a special season. Success will not come easy as the CCC will be as difficult as ever. Led by defending conference champion Tri Village, the conference championship is a tough task. This season, Miami East, Arcanum, Newton and National Trail could all contend for one of the top spots. The Lady Buccs will be the team that everyone will look to knock off as there is bulls eye/target on their chest. They welcome the challenging atmosphere as it only helps prepare them for the difficult task of a loaded tournament bracket.

Only losing two players to graduation and returning many key elements, the Lady Buccs will be faced with the task of filling two crucial roles. Cassidy Cain and Heidi Cron are two vocal and visual leaders that will be missed greatly.

Leading the way will be returning MVP and top scorer, Jessie Crowell. Jessie will look to follow up an outstanding junior season with a memorable senior season. She brings more than scoring as Jessie's court vision allows to distribute the ball very well. She rebounds bigger than her size and she is an underrated defender. She will be trouble for opposing defenders and it's obvious that opponents will focus on containing her which will result in double and triple teams at times.

Those who decide to focus strictly on her, could pay dearly by leaving seniors Arianna Richards, Brooke Gostomsky and Carly Shell open and free to score. Arianna will take on the role formerly held by Heidi as she will likely defend the opponents' best player on a nightly basis. Brooke, despite her lack of "post" size, will look to hold it down inside against some of the area's premier post players. One advantage to Brooke is her ability to score from inside and out. The hot shooting of Carly Shell could be deadly to opponents if they give her too much space. Guard her closely and she also has the ability to take defenders off the dribble.

Fellow senior Julianna Yingst will look to get quality minutes this season as well. This is a special group of seniors looking to achieve a level of success the program has never seen.

A few nice additions this season will be led by sophomores Jordan Crowell and Tori Lyle. The two gained valuable varsity experience last year. Jordan will add depth at the guard position and Tori will battle inside with Brooke. Sophomore Rayna Horner is a talented, athletic guard that will bring quickness and additional scoring to the mix. She has the potential to be a top defender as well. Junior Lexie Long might be the purest athlete on the roster. After a year off, she returns to give the team added quickness and versatility in the back court. Rounding out the group will be freshman Samantha Whiteman who will be a very crucial piece by seasons end.

The Lady Buccs understand it won't be easy, but to compete for a Holiday championship, or a CCC championship, or to make a deep tournament run, all players will have to step up. And the Lady Buccs have the talent on the roster to do just that!

This group is anxiously awaiting for this to be the season that…Hard Work, Pays Off!

2015-16 SENIORS: Arianna Richards, Julianna Yingst, Carly Shell, Brooke Gostomsky, Jessie Crowell.

2015-16 COVINGTON LADY BUCCS: Sitting (L-R): Jessie Crowell, Carly Shell, Brooke Gostomsky, Julianna Yingst, Arianna Richards. Standing (L-R): Manager Makenzee Maschino, Coach Craig Maschino, Jordan Crowell, Samantha Whiteman, Lexie Long, Rayna Horner, Tori Lyle, Coach Lisa Cox, Manager Erika Gostomsky, Coach Adam Sweigart.

2015-16 COVINGTON LADY BUCCS JV SQUAD: Sitting (L-R): Justice Warner, Maddy Gambill, Kara Schaffer, Kailyn Pond, Addison Metz. Standing (L-R): Manager Mackenzee Maschino, Coach Lisa Cox, Allison Angle, Kelsey McReynolds, Lillian Hamilton, Lauren Hebert, Junior Varsity Coach Adam Sweigart, Managers Erika Gostomsky.

2015-16 RETURNING LETTERMEN: (Kneeling L-R) - Tori Lyle, Jordan Crowell. (Standing L-R) - Arianna Richards, Carly Shell, Brooke Gostomsky, Jessie Crowell.

2015-16 GIRLS BASKETBALL COACHES: Adam Sweigart, Lisa Cox and Head Coach Craig Maschino