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ANOTHER AMAZING WIN...
Lexie Long and the Covington Lady Buccs continue to exceed expectations after holding off a gritty Newton team for a 51-46 win to improve to 6-1 on the season.

Tori Lyle scores inside the paint.
2015-16 BASKETBALL LINKS

2016-17 SCHEDULE

11/25/16
11/26/16
11/29/16
12/01/16
12/03/16
12/06/16
12/13/16
12/15/16
12/22/16
12/23/16
12/28/16
01/05/17
01/09/17
01/12/17
01/16/17
01/19/17
01/21/17
01/26/17
01/28/17
01/31/17
02/02/17
02/09/17
02/18/17
02/22/17
02/25/17
03/04/17


Houston
@ Fairlawn
Franklin Monroe
Twin Valley South
Versailles
Arcanum
Newton
@ Bradford
@ Miss. Valley
Urbana @ Miami East
@ Sp. Shawnee
@ Tri-Village
Milton Union
Ansonia
Russia
@ 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

2016-17 CCC STANDINGS

Team

CCC

ALL

Tri-Village

12-0

20-1

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

DECEMBER 13, 2016 - COVINGTON
What Jim Meyer has done with the Covington girl's basketball program is anything short of amazing considering the limited time he had to prepare his team for the 2016-17 season.

Hired less than a month before the season, Meyer took over a program with just four girls who lettered a year ago. Yet, he has somehow managed to get a complete "buy in" from each and every player in the program - those playing varsity and reserve ball - from top to bottom.

And here Covington is after seven games sitting at 6-1 overall (4-0 in the CCC) after holding off a late run by neighboring rival Newton for a 51-46 win in front of the home fans prior to the varsity boy's game in a varsity double-header.

Meyer has a way of pushing the right buttons - getting every ounce of ability and effort out of his kids.

And never has it shown more after Newton erased a 15-point deficit into just two points in the span of three minutes late in the fourth quarter.

Meyer called a timeout and calmed down his obviously mentally-rattled basketball team by calmly explaining to them a strategy that would lead to victory.

And the Lady Buccs executed Meyer's strategy to perfection down the stretch - this, after being forced into uncharacteristic turnovers from the Newton pressure leading to easy buckets in transition that quickly erased the 15-point advantage.

Covington spread the floor, made quick passes and forced Newton to chase and foul - ultimately getting to the free throw line and making the Lady Indians pay by scoring points with the clock stopped. Players who rushed shots earlier were now being patient, forcing Newton to play defense and chase the basketball.

The result was what Covington wanted and needed as it took what Newton gave.

It was a game of runs as Newton jumped on top early by surging to a 10-6 lead after one before Covington outscored the Indians 21-9 in the second quarter for a 27-19 lead at the break.

Buccaneer sophomore Sammi Whiteman scored nine of her 11 points in the first half to lead the charge.

Obviously, Newton knew it had to contain Whiteman and despite scoring just two points in the second half, the Covington sophomore showcased why she is the ultimate team player by the way she shared the basketball and managed the game in the second half.

Instead of forcing shots, Whiteman found her teammates open for high percentage shots - playing arguably the best half of basketball in her young career.

And the benefactors were junior guard Jordan Crowell and sophomore post player Lauren Christian, who combined to score 27 points - a game-high 17 by Crowell and 10 for Christian.

After Newton cut the deficit to two, Crowell drilled a trey after Whiteman drove into the paint and kicked the ball out from the pressure.

Christian was a workhorse, battling inside the paint for every opportunity to get her hands on the ball. The sophomore was relentless crashing the boards and knocking down shots off of rebounds. She was trusted by her coaches and teammates and came through in critical situations.

And Whiteman, Crowell and Christian were not the only girls in black and white to perform well as Lexie Long, Tori Lyle, Addison Metz and Justice Warner were just as valuable.

Newton's Tatum McBride is one of the most talented and dangerous players in the league - and each one of the Lady Buccs were tagged with the responsibility of trying and contain her.

McBride did finish with 16 points, but they came the hard way - being challenged at every turn.

The big defensive play by Covington came late in the fourth quarter when senior Lexie Long stood her ground and instigated a charging call on McBride, who was driving to the basket. This came after Long stole the ball a possession earlier resulting into one of Crowell's big fourth quarter treys.

Both plays by Long were turning points in what was a tight contest in the waning moments.

And both plays were symbolic of what Jim Meyer has been able to get out of a team with limited varsity experience heading into the season.

Yes, what Meyer has done with this group of kids has been anything short of amazing.

And to think, it's only the beginning.


Jim Meyer calms his team down late in the fourth quarter.

BOXSCORE

SCORE BY QUARTERS:
Newton .. 10 .. 9 .. 5 .. 22 = 46
Covington - 6 .. 21 .. 12 .. 12 = 51

NEWTON SCORING:
Tatum McBride - 16
Elizabeth Carroll - 11
Mallory Dunlevy - 9
Macy Flanary - 4
Kassidi Alexander - 2
Aliya Stine - 2
Anna Wolfe - 2

COVINGTON SCORING:
Jordan Crowell - 17
Samantha Whiteman - 11
Lauren Christian - 10
Lexie Long - 4
Victoria Lyle - 4
Addison Metz - 3
Justice Warner - 2


Lauren Christian battles inside the paint for two of her 10 points.

Sammi Whiteman scored 11 points, but it was her ability to distribute the basketball in clutch situations that led to a big win over Newton.