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NO SAMMI, NO PROBLEM!
Tori Lyle and the Covington Lady Buccs stepped up their games in a big way en route to a 42-28 win over Troy on Saturday.

Jordan Crowell knocks down a first half trey on her way to a 12-point night.
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
...
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 30, 2017 - TROY
Covington had its leading scorer on the floor for just over one minute to start the game against Troy, but after dropping in the opening bucket of the contest Sammi Whiteman was forced to watch the rest of the game as a spectator from the bench.

That's because Whiteman has been nursing a nagging leg injury and just couldn't make a go it on Saturday in a non-conference matchup at Troy High School.

This forced Covington to regroup and rely on other kids to step up their games, which was a daunting task considering the Lady Buccs were facing a Division I team known for its defense and physicality.

But after a sluggish first quarter - where Covington trailed 11-8 after a three-pointer by Dana Wynkoop to close out the period - each one of the Lady Buccs step up their games individually and collectively to spark a confidence-building 42-28 win.

"I told the kids after the game that as much as we need and rely on Sammi that these last two games are the best thing that could have happen to us because we learned we can still compete and win without her," said a very pleased Covington coach Jim Meyer. "This group practiced well and played well without Sammi and that's very encouraging going forward because that makes us much better when we do get her back."

Covington outscored Troy 10-2 in the second quarter thanks to buckets by Makenzie Long, Lilly Hamilton, Jordan Crowell and Tori Lyle, along with two free throws.

The Lady Buccs then outscored Troy 14-6 in the third to push their lead to 32-19 as Tori Lyle and Jordan Crowell combined for 12 points in the frame on two treys Crowell and a pair of buckets by Lyle to go along with two free throws.

Troy made a valiant attempt at a comeback in the final frame as Wynkoop hit a three and Kihya Adkins, Alaura Holycross and Tia Bass each connected on buckets, but Covington was able to put the game away with two layups by Makenzie Long and another layup by Crowell. The Lady Buccs also connected on all four of their free throws in the fourth quarter to preserve the 14-point win.

"I'm so proud of the girls for responding to the adversity they faced," Meyer said. "We knew coming in that Troy was a very physical team and we talked about having to match their physicality. I thought our kids played as physical, if not more physical than them."

And setting the tone in physicality for Covington was 5-6 senior post player Tori Lyle, who gave more than she received inside the paint against girls who were much bigger.

"Tori always does everything technically right," praised Meyer. "To see her being offensively aggressive was big. She had her best game of the year all the way around. She was getting beat up inside, but she's so darned tough. She not afraid of anybody."

Lyle and Crowell scored 12 points each for Covington to lead all players, while Makenzie Long had 11.

"We had three kids in double figures, which shows balance," Meyer said. "Now there were other girls who may not have scored, but each one of the girls stepped up in some way - whether it was making the right passes, setting screens on offense or rebounding and playing good defense. The kids really elevated their game today."

The win closes out the year of 2017 for Covington with an 8-3 overall record and a 5-1 record in the CCC. The Lady Buccs look for a fast start to 2018 next Thursday as the host Tri-Village in a critical CCC contest.


Covington coach Jim Meyer talks strategy with his girls in the fourth quarter against Troy.

SCORE BY QUARTERS:
Covington - 8 .. 18 .. 32 .. 42
Troy - 11 .. 13 .. 19 .. 28

COVINGTON SCORING:
Tori Lyle - 12
Jordan Crowell - 12
Makenzie Long - 11
Lillian Hamilton - 4
Sammi Whiteman - 2
Morgan Lowe - 1

TROY SCORING:
Dana Wynkoop - 8
Allure Holycross - 8
Laura Borchers - 4
Kihya Adkins - 4
Erika Innes - 2
Tia Bass - 2

THREE-POINT SCORING:
Covington - Jordan Crowell (2)
Troy - Dana Wynkoop (2)


Makenzie Long scores over a Troy defender for two of her 11 points.