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FINISHING STRONG...
Lexie Long and the Covington Lady Buccs found themselves in a frustrating battle with National Trail, but a calming voice on the bench refocused the girls and led to another big conference win.

Lauren Christian battles her way to the basket in the first half.
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

FEBRUARY 2, 2017 - NEW PARIS
With 6:00 left in the game, Covington coach Jim Meyer called a timeout after National Trail cut the Lady Buccs' lead to 32-31 with an easy stick back off of an offensive rebound.

Through the three previous quarters Covington held a slim lead, but just couldn't pull away from a gritty National Trail team thanks to mental breakdowns at critical times where the Lady Buccs would commit uncharacteristic turnovers, fail to box out on the glass or misfire on shots within point blank range of the rim.

Obviously frustrated, the Lady Buccs received the right message at the right time from Meyer during the timeout.

"Give me six minutes of Lady Bucc Basketball," Meyer calmly communicated to his girls in the huddle. "Six minutes is all we need. Focus on taking care of the basketball, boxing out and executing the offense. If you do those things, we'll be fine."

Refocused, the Lady Buccs gave their coach exactly what he asked for.

Sammi Whiteman started things off with a runner and was fouled on the play for a quick three points and then Jordan Crowell followed with a trey.

A stick back by Tori Lyle followed to push the Covington to 40-31 before National Trail could slow the bleeding with a trey with 1:13 left in the game.

Covington then connected on eight straight free throws - two by Lexie Long and six by Sammi Whiteman to push the advantage to 48-34.

National Trail made two free throws of its own with 19 seconds left in the game, but Covington was able to kill the clock from there for the 48-36 win.

In all, Covington connected on all twelve of its free throws - nine coming in the final frame to secure the win.

Points were hard to come by in the first half as Covington led by a slim 10-8 margin after one and held on for an 18-17 lead at the half thanks to a jumper by Tori Lyle at the buzzer.

Covington outscored National Trail 14-12 in the third to push the lead to 32-29 with one quarter to play, but couldn't find the bottom of the net on three straight fourth quarter possessions.

A bucket by National Trail with six minutes left led to the Covington timeout and Meyer's calming speech to his girls.

It was another case of Jim Meyer knowing what buttons to push in order to get the most out of his kids - even on a night where things weren't going the Lady Buccs' way.

It all led to a twelve-point win as Covington improves to 16-5 overall and 11-1 in the CCC.

Sammy Whiteman led Covington with a game-high 17 points as she converted on all eight of her free throw attempts despite having limited shot opportunities from the floor thanks to the attention she received from the Lady Blazer Defense.

Jordan Crowell scored 11 points, nine coming on three treys, while Tori Lyle connected for eight points at critical times throughout the contest.

Covington looks to close out the regular season with momentum as it travels to Tri-County North next Thursday.


Tori Lyle came up big in clutch situations inside the paint.

SCORE BY QUARTERS:
Covington - 10 - 18 - 32 - 48
National Trail - 8 - 17 - 29 - 36

COVINGTON SCORING:
Lexie Long - 6
Lillian Hamilton - 2
Sammi Whiteman - 17
Jordan Crowell - 11
Tori Lyle - 8
Lauren Christian - 4

NATIONAL TRAIL SCORING:
P Laird - 3
M. Laird - 5
E. Byrd - 8
D. Werner - 2
A. Abner - 7
J. Byrd - 11

THREE-POINT SCORING:
Covington - Jordan Crowell (3), Sammi Whiteman (1)
National Trail - E. Byrd (2), P. Laird (1), M. Laird (1), S. Abner (1), J. Byrd (1)


Justice Warner looks for an open teammate against a stingy National Trail defense.

Sammi Whiteman is fouled going to the rim for a three-point play.