The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Sports

January 16, 2013

Schlarman beats Covington

DANVILLE —  The girls’ basketball game between visiting Covington and Schlarman Academy was worthy of a bigger stage than a mere Tuesday night.

The contest had everything a fan could want — big-time individual play, smothering defenses, coaching ploys and countermoves and even referees who let the players determine the outcome by only whistling what had to be whistled.

In the end, Schlarman came out on top 53-48, but the outcome was still in doubt with just seconds remaining.

Covington took an early 6-2 lead as Andi Taylor hit a pair of three-pointers around a basket by Janelle Marion. The Trojans would remain in the lead through the end of the first quarter, which ended 15-10 in favor of the visitors.

Things changed in the second period as Aliah Larsen scored the first, and only, basket the Trojans would make in the quarter. Kendra Wallace would add a free throw with 5:39 left in the half, but that would be all the points for Covington until the third quarter.

Meanwhile, Schlarman began to close in and pass the Covington total — taking the lead on a trey by Holly Huckstadt that made it 19-18.

Sierra Bell would add two more baskets for the Hilltoppers before the halftime break to give the home team a 23-18 lead.

“Covington had the lead and started to hold the ball,” said Schlarman coach Keith Peoples. “We forced them into three straight turnovers and got the lead and then we could control the tempo — we could make them play basketball.”

Key for his team was the play of an ailing Bell who did not start after fighting flu symptoms earlier in the day. If Bell was still feeling ill at game time, the Trojans have no desire to see her at full strength as she scored 25 points on the night to lead all scorers.

Covington ended their seven-minute scoring drought when Avery Chezem got a steal and went the length of the floor for a lay-up that cut the Schlarman lead to three.

After a free throw for the hosts by Shelby Mascari, Regan Foster scored for the Trojans to cut their deficit to t 24-20.

Schlarman countered with a change in defense that led to a pair of Covington turnovers and follow-up baskets to push the margin back to six and force a Trojan time out.

After the break, Taylor hit another trey to halve the margin and the Covington coach McCoy changed his defense to a zone.

“Well, it worked for a couple of possession, but then the figured it out,” he said. “We went back to our man defense, but we kept trying different things.”

Peoples noticed the change in the Covington defenses and said he was pleased with how his team reacted.

“We adjusted and got people into the right places,” he explained. “We took whatever they gave us and that’s what we want to do.”

Schlarman pushed the lead to as many as eight points before taking a 37-30 lead into the final period.

Taylor hit her fourth trey of the night to open the quarter for Covington and Larsen added a free throw to bring the Trojans within three.

After a Bell basket, Taylor hit her fifth and final three-point to make the score 39-37 with 6:10 to go, but that was as close as the Trojans would get.

The Hilltoppers widened the lead as the quarter progressed, making free throws as they eventually got to the double bonus. Covington cut the margin to four with eight seconds left, but could only foul.

“Rebounding and free throws were the difference,” said McCoy after the game. “They made their free throws at the end and we didn’t.”

He said he liked how his team played at times, saying, “When we didn’t turn the ball over and we got into our sets, we played pretty well, but we had too many turnovers.”

Peoples gave credit to his defense for that, saying, “We tried to change defenses – putting pressure on their point guard and it worked for us tonight.”

1
Text Only
Sports
  • SPT - CN0821 - GeoRF photo 1 Realizing potential GEORGETOWN — Ask almost anyone in Vermilion County about the Georgetown-Ridge Farm football team and the typical response you will get will talk about their talent.And this season is no different.The Buffaloes return 10 starters from last year’s play

    August 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Vikings compete in Classic BLOOMINGTON — The Danville boys golf team ended up 22nd as a team at the Raider Classic at the Den Golf Course on WednesdayReed Krynski led the Vikings with a score of 91 on the par 72 course, with Christian Montgomery scoring a 97, Tristan Wolfe an

    August 21, 2014

  • SPT - CN0820 - BisHenn photo 1 Going the extra mile BISMARCK — Bismarck-Henning coach Mark Dodd has really enjoyed the last few years.Not just because of the two straight Vermilion Valley Conference titles and a almost three-year unbeaten run in regular season action, but because of working with playe

    August 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • LOCAL ROUNDUP: Trojans defeat Chargers in volleyball opener CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. — It took all five sets but the Covington Lady Trojans opened the year with a hard-fought 24-26, 25-22, 25-21, 19-25, 16-14 victory over the North Montgomery Chargers in prep volleyball action on Tuesday night.Brooke Ahrens led t

    August 20, 2014

  • SPT - CN0819 - Seeger photo 1 Patriots make changes WEST LEBANON, Ind. – Success for the Seeger Patriot football team this season will depend on two things.They will rely on technique and teamwork to reach their goals.“We’ve got a little bit of size, a little bit of speed and a few guys with a lot of

    August 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • B-H's Warren claims Urbana Kick-Off Classic URBANA — Bismarck-Henning’s David Warren kicked off his senior season in style, winning the Urbana Kick-Off Classic at the Urbana Country Club.Warren shot a 4-over 76 to earn a one-stroke victory over Champaign Centennial’s Isaac Overman (77), while

    August 19, 2014

  • SPT - CN0817 - North Vermillion photo 1 Trying to fill big holes CAYUGA, Ind. — Brayden Woodard and his senior teammates on the 2013 North Vermillion football team left their mark on the Wabash River Conference.The Falcons won back-to-back undefeated league titles and they enter this season with a 15-game winning

    August 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - CN0816 - Fountain Central photo 2 New names, same goals VEEDERSBURG, Ind. — While the names might change, the goals and expectations for the Fountain Central football team remain the same.The Mustangs, who went 11-2 last year with a sectional championship, are looking to replace 60 percent of their offens

    August 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT- CN0815 - Covington football photo 1 Trojans' experience could be key COVINGTON, Ind. – The Covington football team enters this season on a positive note. The Trojans lost only five seniors to graduation, so team hopes to build on its many returning players.“We’re a year old and stronger,” said Covington head coach Tra

    August 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • Voles set to host Jamboree DANVILLE — For the eighth year, the Vermilion Voles Vintage Base Ball club will invite other clubs in the Midwest to Kennekuk County Park on Saturday for the “Uncle Joe” Cannon Base Ball Jamboree.The event will feature four teams with the Voles, the

    August 15, 2014

E-edition
NJCAA Tourney Photos 2014


Check out the action at the NJCAA Division II National Men's Basketball Tournament March 18-22 at DACC. Buy photos from the Commercial-News here: http://smu.gs/1iCWKnP

Must Read
AP Video
Tit for Tat? McDonald's Shuttered in Moscow Life on the Professional Video Game Circuit TX Gov Perry in Washington: 'Confident' in Case Hospital Releases Two Missionaries Who Had Ebola Ramen Health Risks: The Dark Side of the Noodle NYC Doctor-in-chief Seeks Community Approach Indonesian Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters Raw: Shots Fired in Liberian Shantytown DOJ, Bank of America Reach Record Settlement Raw: Cubavision Airs Images of Fidel Castro Raw: Grief After Deadly Airstrikes in Gaza Officer Who Pointed Gun at Protesters Suspended Kathy Griffin Challenges Minaj to 'a Booty Off' Johnson: Six Arrests, No Tear Gas in Ferguson Raw: Rescue, Relief Efforts at Japan Landslide Cadavers, a Teen, and a Medical School Dream California Drought Stings Honeybees, Beekeepers Officer Who Pointed Gun at Protesters Suspended US Mission to Rescue Hostages in Syria Failed
NDN Video
Rapper Almost Walks Off CNN Over Ferguson Coverage Whoa! Jimmy Fallon Shaves Jared Leto's Beard Amazing Encounter With Sea Otter Caught on Video 2 American Ebola Patients Released From Hospital VIDEO: Goliath Grouper eats shark in one bite US Mission to Rescue Hostages in Syria Failed Reggie Jackson's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Motorcyclist Sticks Landing Sicilian hilltop homes on sale for one euro Are Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon Breaking Up? Joel McHale Interviews Chelsea This 'Breaking Bad' Reunion is the Most Hilarious Thing You'll See All Day! President Obama talks about who James Foley was Nicki Minaj Unleashes Her 'Anaconda' On the World Watch Helicopter Perform Aerial Ballet Can Buckeyes fill Miller's void? Victoria's Secret Models Prove They're in Fighting Shape How Brian Hoyer Stacks Up With Johnny Manziel Taylor Swift Reveals New Album 1989 is Full-On Pop Crews rescue elderly woman trapped inside flooded minivan