According to Hutchins, that was why his team struggled early.
“We couldn’t get into a rhythm,” he explained. “We got shots, but we didn’t play the way we wanted to play.”
Covington found a hot hand in the third quarter in Jordan Ahrens and the junior ran off six straight points to start period.
Attica started getting the ball inside to Keetin Arnold, but the Trojans countered with long-range shooting as Coleman and Ahrens hit back-to-back treys.
Luke Cooper stopped the Covington run with a jumper then Bryce Cooper hit a pair of treys and a lay-up to pull the Ramblers within eleven at 45-34. Coleman came back with a lay-up that made it 47-34 after three quarters.
The final period saw the Trojans extend their lead behind the shooting of Chandler Spring and Gage Hegg. When the margin reached seventeen at 55-38, Covington went into a spread and went on to win 57-40.
“We did not leave our best effort out there on the floor,” is how Hutchins summarized the game. “We didn’t execute at all like we should have.”
Chezem said it was a game with positives for his team, saying, “We took a step forward tonight. Our passing was better and so was our shot selection. We played better for longer.”
With the win, Covington is now 6-0 on the season, but Chezem gave that little notice.
“We’re treating games almost like practice,” he said. “The real season starts in March so we’re more interested in the process of getting better than we are in our record and we did that tonight.”
Greg Flint is a freelance writer/photographer for the Commercial-News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org