Griffin Spring answered with a matching shot for the Trojans, but then North Vermillion went on a 7-0 run in less than a minute.
“I think our quickness surprised them,” is how Karr explained the runs made by his team. “We can’t play at their pace – we don’t want to – but we didn’t make it easy for them.”
Hegg stopped the Falcon run with six points in a row of his own, but North Vermillion got baskets from Jacob Earl and Cody Davis to push the lead right back up.
Halen Noble then hit a trey and Ahrens got a steal and lay-up so the Trojans only trailed by one 28-27 at halftime.
North Vermillion continued to hold the lead most of the third quarter, but a trey from Hegg and a basket from Ahrens put Covington up with three minutes to go in the period.
Woodard hit a shot just before the horn, so the Falcons led 35-34 going into the final quarter.
Covington was still playing without a couple of starters as the fourth quarter began due to more foul trouble, but Spencer McCone came off the bench to hit a 3-pointer to tie the game.
After a Coleman lay-up gave the Trojans the lead again, Earl converted a three-point play. It was then that Wright hit the basket for Covington that led into the two minutes that Karr said were crucial.
“We did everything we could,” said Karr after the game. “We wanted a chance to be able to win the game in the fourth quarter and we got it.”
He continued, saying, “But at the end we didn’t execute and that cost us the game. That’s my fault – I need to fix things so we don’t have problems at the end of games – we’ve lost several like this, but we’re getting better and I think we can be a factor in the sectional.”
For Chezem, it was a game that showed the development of his team.
“At the start of the year our depth was a big question, but we’re finding it in games like these. It’s becoming one of our strengths.”
Greg Flint is a freelance writer/photographer for the Commercial-News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org