That led to an 8-2 Covington run that pulled the Trojans within fourteen points. Regan Foster and Macie Cooper then added baskets and Chezem more free throws to draw Covington within ten, 36-26, after three quarters.
The pace of the game slowed in the final eight minutes as both teams turned up their defensive pressure and the fouls began to add up.
Covington got as close as eight points at 30-38 on a putback by Foster with 4:48 to go in the game, but the Trojans would not score again.
Fountain Central would only add two more points in that final few minutes – a pair of free throws by Mary Frazee – to make the final score 40-30.
When asked about the game, Covington coach Jeff McCoy would only say that the stats told the story.
The Trojans hit only 10 of 31 from inside the arc and two of 15 from beyond it. The Mustangs took just three long shots, making one, and were 15 of 35 from two-point range.
For Anthrop, the game was a continuation of the improvement shown by her team in their one-point lost on Saturday to Schlarman Academy.
“We’re changing our mentality,” said Anthrop. “We’re getting better and we’re beginning to believe it.”
One reason for that improvement is the implementation of a new defense, one that Anthrop wanted to use in the Bi-County tournament but could not because of a player’s illness.
“We wanted to use it then, but couldn’t and we didn’t want to try it against Bell [of Schlarman who scored 29 points] because of her style of play”
She continued, saying, “But tonight we got to use it. We wanted to shut down 12 [Taylor] and 24 [Chezem] and I think we did. We kept Chezem to 11 points which is six below her average.”
Anthrop closed the way she started her post-game comments by saying,”We’ve been trying to get better and we are.”
Greg Flint is a freelance writer/photographer for the Commercial-News. He can be reached at email@example.com