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'16-'17 Lady Buccs...


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

There is a familiar face back on the Covington girls basketball bench this winter as Jim Meyer returns after 18 years out of coaching to lead the Lady Buccs.

When Meyer was last coaching Covington girls in 1988-89, they advanced to the regional finals in Lynnette Roeth's freshman season finishing with a record of 22-4. In his four years as coach, Covington had a record of 55-32.

Meyer then had a successful stint at Troy, including a 20-win season.

"I think the only thing that has changed is I am 18 years older," Meyer, who was hired last month, said.

And Meyer said the transition has been a smooth one, thanks to his players and coaches.

"At first, I thought this was going to be really difficult," Meyer said about the short time period to get ready for the season. "Because, I believe you have to have relationships and it takes time to build trust. But, the players have done everything I have asked of them. Really, it is a credit to them. They have worked hard with great attitudes. Anything they needed to make happen, they have made happen.

"I couldn't ask any more out of them. And I have to thank my assistant coaches Adam Sweigart and Brandon Studebaker, who have done a great job."

The only drawback so far in the preseason is the injury bug.

Kara Schaeffer (5-3, senior), Lillian Hamilton (6-0, sophomore) and Shae Robinson (5-3, junior) have all suffered from various injuries.

"Sometimes, we have as many kids on the stage as we do practicing," Meyer said.

And while four-year varsity players Carly Shell, Arianna Richards, Brooke Gostomsky and Jessie Crowell were lost to graduation - along with Julianna Yingst, the cupboard is not bare.

Leading the returners is 5-foot-7 sophomore guard Sammantha Whiteman, who averaged 12.9 points per game as a freshman.

"She is our leading returning scorer," Meyer said. "I think the thing about Sammi is this sport is her life. She is always looking for extra time in the gym. Whether it is after practice or in the morning, she want to get in the gym.

"And when she can't, she is out on the playground playing. She has a tremendous work ethic. I think that is something that can carry over (to the rest of the team). They see her hard work paying off."

Also at the guard position are 5-7 senior Allison Angle, 5-6 senior Addison Metz and 5-4 senior Justice Warner - along with 5-4 junior Jordan Crowell.

"All three of those girls (seniors) have played JV the last three years," Meyer said. "They have worked hard and all three of them are going to help us. Jordan (Crowell) played last year and gives us some experience."

Inside, the Buccs will have 5-8 senior Lexie Long, 5-6 junior Tori Lyle, who grabbed 84 rebounds a year ago and 5-11 senior Kelsey McReynolds, to with Hamilton when she is healthy.

"Lexie (Long) has played guard in the past, but has made the move inside to help the team," Meyer said. "With our offense, there are still times where we will pull her out. She will be kind of a hybrid post-wing. Tori Lyle is back from last year and Kelsey (McReynolds) has worked really hard and is going to help us."

Meyer has put a new system in - and the Lady Buccs have picked it up quickly.

"This isn't a situation where they had an offseason to pick up and learn the system," Meyer said. "This is a completely new system and I am just amazed what they have done in just a couple weeks. It is a credit to them. They work hard and are very coachable."

Offensively, Covington will look to take what is there.

"What we want to do is take the fast break when it is there," Meyer said. "We want to be disciplined offensively. We have to do all the little things right - hit the pick, make sound passes. We don’t want to force things."

Covington will mix things up defensively.

"We will play a lot of man," Meyer said. "But, basically, what we are going to do is play whatever defense we need to play to have success and stop the other team that night."

Meyer expects the CCC to be a challenge.

"From what I have heard, Miami East, Tri-Village, Newton and Arcanum are the teams that were in the top rung with us last year and most of them have a lot of players back. But, you can't overlook anybody."

The non-conference schedule includes Versailles, Russia and Jackson Center and playing in the BarnBall Classic at Miami East over the holiday.

"We want to play good teams," Meyer said. "We want to be challenged."

They have already cleared the first big challenge with flying colors.

2016-17 SENIORS: #3 Kara Schaffer, #20 Addison Metz, #43 Kelsey McReynolds, #4 Lexie Long, #12 Justice Warner, #22 Allison Angle.

2016-17 COVINGTON LADY BUCCS: Sitting (L-R) - Kara Schaffer, Addison Metz, Allison Angle, Kelsey McReynolds, Lexie Long, Justice Warner. Standing (L-R) - Asst. Coach Brandon Studebaker, Asst. Coach Adam Sweigart, Jordan Crowell, Tori Lyle, Lillian Hamilton, Samantha Whiteman, Shae Robinson, Head Coach Jim Meyer.

2016-17 COVINGTON LADY BUCCS JV SQUAD: Sitting (L-R) - Brenna Miller, Maddy Gambill, Mackenzie Gambill, Makenzie Long, Morgan Kimmel, Morgan Lowe. Standing (L-R) - Josie Crowell, Hailey Houshel, Lauren Christian, Leah Poling, Haley Ely, Coach Adam Sweigart.

2016-17 RETURNING LETTERMEN: Sammi Whiteman, Lexie Long, Tori Lyle, Jordan Crowell.

2016-17 GIRLS BASKETBALL COACHES: Brandon Studebaker, Head Coach Jim Meyer, Adam Sweigart.