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Although tears were flowing down their faces after a loss to Russia in the district final, Addison Metz (hugging Jim Meyer above) and the Covington Lady Buccs have every reason to be proud of what they were able to accomplish in the 2016-17 season.

Lexie Long drives around a Russia defender during the district championship game.

2016-17 SCHEDULE


@ Fairlawn
Franklin Monroe
Twin Valley South
@ Bradford
@ Miss. Valley
Urbana @ Miami East
@ Sp. Shawnee
@ Tri-Village
Milton Union
@ Greenville
@ Newton
Miami East
@ Jackson Center
@ Bethel
@ National Trail
@ Tri-County North
Miami Valley (T)
TV South (T)
Southeastern (T)
Russia @ Troy

W 52-49
W 64-31
W 57-46
W 80-29
L 30-60
W 42-39
W 51-46
W 64-41
W 71-48
W 56-34
W 63-48
L 55-57
L 33-46
W 52-31
L 33-45
W 59-45
W 57-44
W 42-22
L 31-39
W 56-35
W 48-36
W 64-29
W 66-52
W 59-35
W 42-38
L 28-42








Covington 11-1 17-5
Arcanum 10-2 15-7
Franklin Monroe 8-4 13-9
Newton 7-5 14-7
Miami East 7-5 11-11
Ansonia 6-6 10-12
Bethel 5-7 9-13
National Trail 4-8 10-12
Tri-County North 4-8 7-15
Bradford 3-9 5-17
Mississinawa Valley 1-11 2-20
Tri-County North 0-12 4-18

MARCH 4, 2017 - TROY
As Covington coach Jim Meyer emptied his bench in the final minute to allow his seniors to come off the floor for the final time to a standing ovation from the Buccaneer faithful, there were tears running down their faces as they each embraced their coach on the way to the bench.

But even with a 42-28 loss to a very good Russia team in the district finals, there is no reason for any of the Lady Buccs to feel like they let anybody down - and hopefully the girls didn't feel that way.

Instead, these girls should feel very proud of themselves for an unbelievable - and very unexpected twenty-win season. It was one heck of a ride watching the Lady Buccs this year and it's a shame it had to end - which is probably the reason for the tears coming down their faces after the game.

Coach Meyer - who took over the program less than a month before the season started - said it best when describing this team filled with amazing kids led by the five seniors.

"I am so proud of my seniors," Meyer said about Kara Schaffer (out for the season with an injury), Lexie Long, Justice Warner, Addison Metz and Allison Angle. "What this team was able to do, wow. I told the girls they may not be the best girls basketball team Covington ever had, but they are definitely the most amazing. I can't say enough about what they did this season."

Nobody could have said it better and nobody could have gotten more out of these girls than Jim Meyer. He took a team with limited physical attributes and turned them into winners by instilling a belief that they could overcome any obstacle with hard work, effort and competitive desire.

It had worked all season as the Lady Buccs put together a 17-5 regular season record and earned the second seed in the sectional tournament.

Injured and without a key starter (Jordan Crowell), Covington then shocked Miami Valley in the opening round of the tournament and followed with a blowout win over Twin Valley South to advance to the sectional final against Southeastern.

In what was probably the defining moment of the season for this gritty team, the Lady Buccs overcame so much adversity throughout the sectional final game to defeat a team that had ended Covington's seasons the past two years - leaving people to believe that maybe this was a team of destiny.

And throughout the first half against Russia, the Lady Buccs were once again playing like a team of destiny as they jumped out to an 11-9 lead after one and extended the advantage to 19-14 with three minutes left in the half.

Russia battled back to tie the score at 19-19, but the Lady Buccs closed out the half with momentum on a Lexie Long bucket in the final seconds for a 21-19 lead at the break.

But things unraveled in the second half - even though the Lady Buccs continued to play with the same effort and competitive drive that had led to success all season.

Suddenly, shots that typically fall bounced off the rim - one by one.

And when all was said and done, Covington failed to convert on any of its 21 shot attempts in the second half - and wide open shots at times.

"I know and we had some really good looks (in the second half)," Meyer said, knowing full well through his years of experience as a player and a coach that basketball can be an unpredictable and unforgiving game.

On another day most of those shots fall, but on this day they continued to bounce off the rim.

And Russia gradually started hitting its own shots, including a clutch trey to give the Lady Raiders a 24-21 lead they would never relinquish.

From there, all the Lady Buccs could managed was seven second half points - all on free throws.

Forced to foul as time became an issue, Covington sent Russia to the free throw line where it converted on 11 of 12 free throws down the stretch.

It spelled the end of an "AMAZING SEASON" for the Covington Lady Buccs - and a season they and their supporters will remember for the rest of their lives.

Like Jim Meyer said, this may not be the best girls basketball team Covington ever had, but they definitely are the most amazing.

A SPECIAL GROUP - are the five seniors from left to right - Addison Metz, Allison Angle, Long, Kara Schaffer and Justice Warner.


Russia (42)
Laurissa Poling 3-2-8, Tiffany Hatcher 4-4-15, Cameo Wilson 3-2-8, Whitney Pleiman 0-2-2, Maria Herron 0-5-5, Jenna Cordonnier 1-2-4, Olivia Moorman 0-0-0, Shea Borchers 0-0-0, Katie Heuing 0-0-0, Andrea Monnin 0-0-0, Jessica York 0-0-0, Jessica Colby 0-0-0. Totals: 11-17-42.

Covington (28)
Lexie Long 1-0-2, Sammi Whiteman 3-5-12, Justice Warner 1-0-2, Addison Metz 2-2-6, Tori Lyle 1-2-4, Lillian Hamilton 0-0-0, Allison Angle 0-0-0, Shae Robinson 0-0-0, Makenzie Long 0-0-0, Morgan Lowe 0-0-0, Josie Crowell 0-0-0, Lauren Christian 1-0-2. Totals: 9-9-28.

3-point field goals — Russia: Hatcher (3). Covington: Whiteman.

Score By Quarters
Russia - 9 - 19 - 27 - 42
Covington - 11 - 21 - 23 - 28

Records: Russia 21-5, Covington 20-6.

In what was a fitting presentation, legendary former Covington basketball coach Bob Huelsman presents the Covington Lady Buccs with the District Runner-up trophy.

Sammi Whiteman shoots over two Russia defenders during the district championship game.