By Rob Kiser
Call Sports Editor
BROOKVILLE —Covington lived and died by the 3-point shot Thursday night in a Brookville D-IV sectional tournament opener Thursday night.
And the Lady Buccs made just enough to hold off Newton and advance.
More than half of Covington’s points came on eight 3-point shots in a 40-29 victory.
The Lady Buccs, 11-12, will play Dayton Christian at 6 p.m. Tuesday in second-round action.
“The last time we penetrated against Newton and made 16 of 22 shots from the line,” Covington coach Craig Maschino said. “At the same time, we want to be aggressive and the kids aren’t afraid to shoot from out there.”
While it wasn’t the finish the Lady Indians were looking for, Newton capped just its third winning season in school history with a mark of 11-10.
“If I am not mistaken, we had only had two winning seasons before this year,” Newton coach Neal Hans said. “We were 12-13 last year, so we were close. So, it was a good year. There was probably one game that got away we should have won. And the good news is we have everybody coming back.”
It was a sign of things to come in the early going, with Arianna Richards hitting back-to-back threes as the Lady Buccs opened a 10-2 first quarter lead.
Despite the fact the Lady Indians were ice cold from the start, making just one of their first 13 shots — Newton finished the half with a six-point run to get within 17-12.
Allison Wise had a 3-point play to cap the half.
“Most of the shots (they missed) were within six feet of the basket,” Hans said. “But, these kids don’t quit. Madison Tebics player her heart out. She was all over the place. And Madison Tebics used her quickness for some steals and easy baskets.”
But, Jessie Crowell caught fire in the third quarter with a trio of 3-pointers and Brooke Gostomsky added one.
The Covington lead was 34-20 early in the fourth quarter after Heidi Cron’s second three of the game.
Just when the Lady Buccs looked ready to pull away at 35-20, Newton scored five quick points. Mollette and Trelissa Lavy had baskets in the run and Covington called a timeout with 3:34 to go.
“We had a couple possessions where we took quick shots,” Maschino said. “At that point, we are looking to get the ball inside or penetrate on a drive. Either are good. We have to play a little smarter in those situations. But, I told the girls before the game Newton would have some runs and they did.”
Morgan McReynolds answered with a putback and Newton never cut the deficit to single digits after that.
“We were pretty banged up and we are starting to get healthy,” Maschino said. “Jessie (Crowell) is getting healthy and she hit some big shots for us in the second half.”
Crowell finished with 14 points, while Cassidy Cain had her typical solid floor game with eight points and nine rebounds.
Gostomsky added seven rebounds.
Mollette had 11 points and nine rebounds for Newton.
Wise had 10 rebounds and Lavy pulled down seven.
Covington was 14 of 33 from the floor for 42 percent and four of nine from the line for 44 percent.
Newton was 10 of 53 from the floor for 19 percent and nine of 14 from the line for 64 percent.
Newton won the battle of the boards 33-26 and had 13 turnovers to Covington’s 17.
“We need to do a better job of taking care of the ball,” Maschino said.
But, the Lady Buccs long-range shooting was good enough to extend their tournament life for another game.
Arianna Richards 2-0-6, Brooke Gostomsky 1-0-3, Heidi Cron 2-1-7, Cassidy Cain 3-2-8, Morgan McReynolds 1-0-2, Carly Shell 0-0-0, Jessie Crowell 5-1-14, Lexi Long 0-0-0, Kara Schaffer 0-0-0, Justice Warner 0-0-0, Addison Metz 0-0-0, Kelsey McReynolds 0-0-0. Totals: 14-4-40.
Madison Tebics 0-2-2, Trelissa Lavy 2-2-6, Madison Mollette 4-3-11, Erin Sweitzer 1-0-2, Allison Wise 1-2-4, Aliya Stine 1-0-2, Rose Studebaker 0-0-0, Vivian Brauer 0-0-0, Kassidi Alexander 0-0-0, Laurel Oaks 1-0-2, Kaylie Kessler 0-0-0. Totals: 10-9-29.
3-point field goals — Covington: Richards (2), Gostomsky, Cron (2), Crowell (3).
Score By Quarters
Covington 10 17 31 40
Newton2 12 20 29
Records: Covington 11-12, Newton 11-10.