The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

January 4, 2014

Attica shakes off rust to beat Covington

BY JIMMY HARRIS sports@dancomnews.com
The Commercial-News

---- — COVINGTON, Ind. — Both Attica and Covington’s girls basketball teams showed some rust at the offensive end from a two-week layoff over Christmas break on Friday at the Bi-County Holiday Tournament.

As both teams struggled offensively to get their legs under them, the defense stepped up and both teams knew it would be a tough fought game because of the familiarity each team had of one another.

“I thought our defensive pressure for the game was very good we knew it was going to be a dogfight when conference teams get together but we did a good job holding them down,” Attica coach Matt Harmeson said.

“It was going to be a defensive struggle and the key for his team being in the game was keeping the high powered offense of Attica under 50 points,” Covington coach Jeff McCoy said.

The Lady Trojans followed that game plan and held the Lady Ramblers to 20 points below their average, but in the end wasn’t enough as the Lady Ramblers won the game 46-38.

It was a seesaw battle in the first quarter and a half with Covington having a five-point lead 21-16.

At the 5 minute, 45 second mark of the second quarter, Attica took a timeout and then went on an 11-0 run over a three-minute span to take the lead.

Pressure defense and Intensity during that run from the Lady Ramblers was impressive, and leading the charge for Attica was Maci Kyger (10 points and 6 steals) and Kaley Sosnowski (12 points and 6 rebounds) to help the Lady Ramblers push the lead to six points.

“I try to come off the bench and give my team energy because that is what Coach Harmeson wants and I do that with my defense,” Sosnowski said.

Attica did a fine job of defense on the two shooters from Covington — making them work hard for their points as Andi Taylor (13 points) & Avery Chezem (11 points) did not make a 3-pointer all game.

“I thought we played well tonight as a team and we knew we had to stay in front of the scores Andi Taylor & Avery Chezem and not take chances on defense which we did tonight,” Kyger said.

As the game continued neither team could find the basket in the second half as the defensive intensity of both teams and the two week layoff hampered the offenses.

The Lady Trojans made a final run to get the double-digit lead down to four points in the fourth quarter but could not get any closer, as Attica hit some late free throws down the stretch to pull out the victory.

“It’s always good to get a victory over a rival,” Harmeson said.

Covington plays Fountain Central for third place today at 12:30 EST, and Attica plays at 3:30 EST against Seeger at Covington High School.