CAYUGA, Ind. – For Covington to defeat Lafayette Central Catholic in the opening round of 1A Sectional 53, the Trojans needed to play at their best.
According to Covington head coach Kent Chezem, that is not what happened as the Knights won the contest by the score of 65-54.
“We didn’t play very well – it’s on us,” said Chezem about the loss. “We didn’t do what we needed to do.”
Chezem was primarily speaking about the defense, but his team also suffered some offensive woes as they shot only 18-for-48 despite making nine from beyond the three-point arc.
“We didn’t move and cut well on Friday [in an overtime win against Crawfordsville] and we didn’t do it tonight, either,” he said. “We did too much standing around and ended up [forcing shots].”
The game started with Central Catholic hitting one of their four 3-pointers on the night, but Covington came right back with a steal by Chandler Spring for a fast-break lay-up.
The Knights scored on a lay-up but Travis Coleman tied the game for Covington with a trey. From that point on, Central Catholic began to drive the lane and slowly pull away, taking a 14-9 lead after one quarter.
The Trojans, unable to get the ball inside – perhaps due to the standing that Chezem mentioned – settled for jumpers. Usually a strong suit for Covington, the team was cold from the field and the misses made it hard for them as they tried to keep the game close.
Compounding their woes was the fact that Central Catholic dominated the boards, especially early, having an 8-2 edge in the first quarter.
“We didn’t make good decisions out there,” said Chezem. “We didn’t get into good defensive position to stop the dribble penetration and we didn’t box out. And they took advantage of it.”