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November 23, 2013

Patriots' run dooms Trojans

WEST LEBANON, Ind. – One quarter changed everything when Seeger hosted Covington in girls’ basketball.

The Patriots used an 18-2 run in the second quarter, including five treys in that span, to turn a close game into a runaway that ended 47-27.

“They shot the lights out in that second quarter,” said Covington coach Jeff McCoy. “They hit, what, seven threes in the game and I’d bet at least four or five were well contested by us.”

The game had gone back and forth in a sloppy first quarter — a period that ended with Seeger ahead 12-11 — but by halftime, it was the Patriots in the lead 30-13.

“Falling behind is something we practice,” said McCoy, “But it’s not something we’re ready to handle yet. A few games from now, maybe, but not tonight. We had to change everything we wanted to – it just took us completely out of our game.”

Despite the Seeger run, McCoy said he really had no serious complaints about his defense either in the second quarter or in any other part of the game.

“It wasn’t like they had just one player hitting shots. They all did,” he said.

In that decisive second quarter, freshman Haley Briles got things started for Seeger with a trey. Morgan Rademacher then added two free throws followed by a three-pointer. Patience Darling drilled a three, then Cara Fowler and finally with eight seconds left before halftime, Miranda Synesael did the same.

“We had trouble with their zone early,” said Synesael. “They kept us away from the basket so we had to shoot from outside, but finally we adjusted and started hitting.”

Both teams made adjustments in over the intermission and the third quarter started with a driving lay-up by Avery Chezem of Covington, but Seeger also began to go inside as the Trojans changed to a man defense.

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