COVINGTON, Ind. – Fountain Central used a strong opening quarter to take a 14-4 lead over Covington en route to a 40-30 win over their hosts.
Maggie Fishero hit the opening basket for the Mustangs, but Avery Chezem countered with a trey to give Covington their only lead on the night at 3-2.
The visitors then went on a 14-1 run to lead 16-4 with less than a minute gone in the second quarter. The lone Trojan point was a free throw by Chezem while the Mustangs got baskets from Fishero, Macee Williams and a three-pointer by Samantha Pigg in that same span.
Chezem stopped the run with a free throw and a lay-up, but Fountain Central came right back with baskets by Fishero and Williams. That duo combined for 30 of the 40 points scored by the Mustangs in the game.
Covington got its first non-Chezem points with 5:12 left in the second quarter when Andi Taylor hit a three-pointer that made the score 20-10, but once again Fountain Central answered with baskets from Fishero and Williams.
Many of the Fishero scoring plays came off passes from point guard Kyla Keeling, an item not lost on Mustang head coach Amie Anthrop.
“Kyla is now playing number one for us all the time,” said Anthrop. “She sees the floor well and gets the ball inside. Maggie is running the floor and looking for the ball.”
At the half, Fountain Central had a comfortable lead at 30-12 – a lead that Anthrop said might have been too comfortable.
“We played a fantastic first half,” she explained, “but we got kind of complacent in the second. We scored 14 points in the first quarter, 16 in the second, but only ten in the entire second half. We need to keep our intensity.”
Covington started to make a comeback as the third quarter began, thanks in part to the shooting of Kendra Wallace. The junior hit back-to-back baskets and the Trojans, noticing her hot hand, began to feed her the ball.