CAYUGA, Ind. — Two plays less than 30 seconds apart may have been the difference as Covington defeated host North Vermillion by the score of 53-40.
The score was tied at 36-all with just less than six minutes left in the game. Covington got the ball under their basket after a North Vermillion foul. The inbounds pass went to Andi Taylor, who drilled a 3-pointer.
About 30 seconds later, after the Falcons made a free throw, Avery Chezem stole the ball for the Trojans and took it the length of the court for a lay-up.
She was fouled on the play and converted the ensuing free throw to make the score 42-37.
“Two mistakes on our part and they get six points,” said North Vermillion coach Terry Naylor. “Give us back those six points and it’s a different game.”
The Trojans would go on, in the next three minutes, to extend their lead into double digits thanks to baskets by Chezem and Kendra Wallace to put the game out of reach of the Falcons.
Chezem and Taylor led Covington in scoring with 20 and 11 points respectively, but it was the contributions by other players that Trojan coach Jeff McCoy thought was the key to the game.
Macie Cooper scored four and Regan Foster scored five, but McCoy said getting those two involved made a big difference in the Trojan offence.
“We had a team pow-wow after the Attica game and talked about movement and offensive opportunities,” said McCoy. “We told them to stop simply passing back out but instead to look to score. With more shooters, we’re harder to defend.”
The Trojans also got significant contributions off the bench from Miranda Tuggle and Abby White according to McCoy – more than just the four points each scored.
Perhaps having more options made the Covington offense click early as Chezem found herself open for a pair of treys in the early going.