The Trojans jumped out to a 7-2 lead, but baskets by Rhiannon Grubbs and Taylen Balding pulled the Falcons right back into the contest.
Covington led by a point, 10-9, after one quarter but raised the margin to an eight-point, 23-15, halftime lead.
“We had to work hard to get back from being behind at the half,” said Naylor. “We caught up but once they got that lead, they kept going.”
His team made back-to-back three-pointers midway through the third quarter by Shawnacee Bowman and Sierra Grube followed by a basket by Grube to get within one at 28-27.
Covington then opened a three-point lead, but North Vermillion continued to answer.
It was four points, 36-32 after three quarters, but then the Falcons score the first four points of the final period to set up the 36-36 tie that led to the Trojan’s pulling away.
Naylor liked how his team played, saying, “We didn’t play badly but we didn’t hit our shots and Covington did.”
McCoy said the best thing for him was seeing seven players in the scoring column.
“We can’t have just one or two carry us,” he said. “We need to have all seven continue to contribute if we want to be successful.”
Greg Flint is a freelance writer/photographer for the Commercial-News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org