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BOUNCING BACK...
Sammi Whiteman and the Covington Lady Buccs responded from a frustrating defeat with an impressive 66-40 win over Mississinawa Valley on Thursday.

Lilly Hamilton scored 12 points to help lead the Lady Buccs to an impressive win.
2017-18 BASKETBALL LINKS

2017-18 SCHEDULE

Nov 24
Nov 25
Nov 30
Dec 2
Dec 4
Dec 7
Dec 12
Dec 18
Dec 21
Dec 27
Dec 30
Jan 4
Jan 8
Jan 11
Jan 16
Jan 18
Jan 20
Jan 25
Jan 27
Jan 30
Feb 1
Feb 8
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Feb 17
Feb 20
Feb 27

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Mar 1
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Mar 8

@ Houston
Fairlawn
@ TV South
@ Versailles
Bradford
@ Arcanum
@ Newton (No JV)
@ Franklin Monroe
Mississinawa Valley
Springfield Shawnee
@ Troy
Tri-Village
@ Milton Union

@ Ansonia
@ Russia
Greenville
Newton
@ Miami East
Jackson Center
Bethel
National Trail
TC North (Sen. Night)
Sectional
National Trail
Twin Valley South
Franklin Monroe
District
Legacy Christian
Regional
Fort Loramie

W 45-41
W 60-29
W 53-25
L 39-60
W 50-21
W 34-32
W 46-42
L 35-51
W 66-40
L 36-51
W 42-28
L 42-52
W 43-35
W 67-51
L 36-38
W 50-33
W 61-37
L 40-52
W 36-27
W 64-42
W 71-44
W 68-34
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W 57-40
W 44-24
W 56-44
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W 54-42
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L 27-32

2017-18 CCC STANDINGS

Team

CCC

ALL

Miami East

12-0

18-4

Tri-Village 11-1 18-4
Franklin Monroe 9-3 19-3
Covington 9-3 16-6
Arcanum 8-4 12-9
Newton 7-5 15-6
Bethel 4-6 11-9
Bradford 4-8 7-13
Twin Valley South 4-8 7-13
Ansonia 3-9 5-17
Tri-County North 2-8 8-11
National Trail 2-10 5-16
Mississinawa Valley 0-12 0-21

DECEMBER 21, 2017 - COVINGTON
Character is one of the most important tangibles of a quality team in any sport at any level. Unfortunately, character isn't revealed when things are going well. It's only revealed through adverse situations.

For the Covington Lady Buccs, their character was tested in a critical CCC matchup against Mississinawa Valley on Thursday. After all, the Lady Buccs were coming off of a frustrating defeat at Franklin Monroe on Monday where it seemed nothing went right and had struggled shooting the basketball over a four-game span.

Doubt, a lack of confidence and a lack of trust in each other could have easily set in - and that was the fear for every Buccaneer fan who was on hand hoping the girls would respond.

And respond they did as the Lady Buccs overcame a sluggish start to overwhelm Mississinawa Valley by the score of 66-40.

"I'm really pleased with our overall effort tonight," said Covington coach Jim Meyer. "We talked a lot about responding - playing with an attitude and getting after people. The kids did a good job of that tonight."

Covington struggled knocking down shots early and found itself in a 9-9 tie midway through the opening frame thanks to three treys by Mississinawa Valley resulting in a timeout.

"We got out to a little bit of a show start and they knocked down three threes just like that," Meyer explained. "After the timeout our kids came out and put the hammer down. Rebounding was a key tonight. We rebounded well at both ends."

Covington went on a 14-0 run to close out the first quarter thanks to the dominating play of junior point guard Sammi Whiteman.

"Sammi was able to get the ball to the basket and once they started clamping down on her it opened up other girls," Meyer said. "When she gets going like that we are tough to defend."

Whiteman, who scored 18 of her 20 points in the first half before being pulled early in the third, continued her offensive onslaught to help push the Buccaneer lead to 43-21 at the break.

Covington then outscored Mississinawa Valley 15-1 in the third quarter to put the game away as Meyer rotated junior varsity players in and out of the lineup the rest of the way.

In all, nine players scored for Covington, revealing the character of a team who has complete trust in each other.

"The girls really believe in themselves and each other," said Meyer. "The thing is, when you are accustom to winning, you don't like to lose. The girls don't like to lose and they work even harder when they do lose."

The win boosts Covington's record to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the CCC as it closes out the year of 2017 with a home game next Wednesday against Springfield Shawnee and a road contest at Troy next Saturday.

"Those will be two big tests for us," said Meyer. "Shawnee is a division two school and Troy is division one, so we know the games will be more physical. We need to match their physicality and execute like we are capable of if we want to come away with wins."


Morgan Lowe brings the ball up the floor during the fourth quarter against Mississinawa Valley.

BOXSCORE

SCORE BY QUARTERS:
Covington - 23 .. 43 .. 58 .. 66
Miss. Valley: - 9 .. 21 .. 22 .. 40

COVINGTON SCORING:
Sammi Whiteman - 20
Lilly Hamilton - 12
Makenzie Long - 8
Morgan Lowe - 6
Jordan Crowell - 6
Tori Lyle - 6
Hailie-Jo Taxis - 3
Lauren Christian - 2
Ellie Hedges - 1

MISSISSINAWA VALLEY SCORING:
Johnson - 10
Hunt - 8
Scholl - 8
Stachler - 5
Price - 5
Murphy - 4


Tori Lyle shoots between three Mississinawa Valley defenders.