CAYUGA, Ind. — A two-minute span late in the fourth quarter was the difference when North Vermillion hosted Covington in a boys’ basketball game that the visiting Trojans won 55-45.
At least that is how Falcon head coach Sam Karr saw it.
“We had four turnovers in two minutes and that cost us the game,” Karr said. “We were down maybe one and then we had the turnovers and that was it. That was the game.”
Covington had just scored on a basket by Brennan Wright to lead 41-40. Two minutes later, it was 45-40 as the Trojans converted two of the Falcon turnovers into baskets by Gage Hegg and Jordan Ahrens.
North Vermillion would not score for almost four minutes by which time Covington held a 50-40 lead and the game was out of reach for the Falcons who could only foul vainly in the final moments of the contest.
The final 10-point margin does not reflect the first 28 minutes of the game, as it was back and forth with neither side able to take control.
Covington took a 9-4 lead on baskets by Hegg, Travis Coleman and Chandler Spring, but right after that both Coleman and Spring went to the bench with two fouls each.
North Vermillion then went on a quick run and when Brayden Woodard hit a three-pointer to put the Falcons on top, Covington head coach Kent Chezem had to call a time out.
“I didn’t change anything,” he said about the break. “I simply told them we had to cut off the dribble penetration because it was getting us into foul trouble.”
With two of his starting guards on the bench, Chezem said he needed other players to step up and they did.
Ahrens got a late tip-in to put Covington up 13-12 after the first quarter, but Woodard came back with a trey to open the second period for the Falcons.