By Rob Kiser
COVINGTON — Covington girls basketball coach Jim Meyer had a bad feeling before Monday’s game with Milton-Union.
Unfortunately, that feeling proved correct.
The Lady Buccs struggled from the start and dropped a non-conference game to the Lady Bulldogs 46-33.
“I guess if we were going to have a not good game, it is good that all the girls had it on the same night,” Meyer said. “Hopefully, we got it out of our system. Everything that could go wrong tonight did.”
Milton-Union took advantage of its size advantage to scored numerous second chance points in the opening half.
“We don’t handle big well,” Meyer said. “That is a fact.”
After Covington’s Addison Metz hit her second three of the game to start the second quarter and give Covington a 13-11 lead, the Lady Bulldogs outscored the Buccs 15-4 the rest of the quarter.
Maddie Brown closed the first half to stretch the lead to 26-17 at the break.
“They didn’t do anything we weren’t prepared for,” Meyer said about Milton. “There three shooters got free in the first half.”
Kristen Dickison had Milton’s only two points in the first 6:30 of the third quarter, but Covington couldn’t take advantage.
The Buccs could only counter with a three by Sammi Whiteman and basket by Tori Lyle to close within 28-22.
But, that was as close as Covington would get.
“We just weren’t with it tonight,” Meyer said. “We missed shots we don’t normally miss.”
Milton-Union opened a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter and Taylor Jacobs made seven of eight free throws down the stretch and eight of 10 in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Th Bulldogs opened the lead to 15 before Allison Angle scored at the final buzzer to make it 46-33.
Whiteman led Covington with 13 points and seven rebounds.
Lyle had seven rebounds and Lexie Long pulled down six.
Maddie Brown and Dickison led a balanced Milton-Union attack.
Brown had nine points, while Dickison had nine points and seven rebounds.
Jacobs had eight points —all from the line — to go with nine rebounds, while Beyonce Bobbitt also scored eight points.
Olivia Brown had six points and six rebounds, while Bri Stone had six points and five rebounds.
Covington was 13 of 52 from the floor for 25 percent and one of four from the line for 25 percent, while Milton-Union was 16 of 40 from the floor for 40 percent and 11 of 17 from the line for 65 percent.
Milton won the battle of the boards 35-29, but had 12 turnovers to Covington’s nine.
And considering all Covington has accomplished this season, one bad game is not all bad.
The Lady Buccs, 10-3, were coming off a heartbreaking loss to Tri-Village Thursday and their response was somewhat predictable.
“These nights are going to happen,” Meyer said. “If you are around the game long enough, you are going to experience games like this. The good news is it wasn’t a league game. We just need to come back strong in our next game. These girls have given me everything they have all year.”
And will do that again Thursday when Ansonia visits for a CCC game.
Maddie Brown 3-0-9, Kristen Dickison 3-3-9, Taylor Jacobs 0-8-8, Olivia Brown 3-0-6, Elizabeth Renner 0-0-0, Bri Stone 3-0-6, Beyonce Bobbitt 4-0-8, Brooke Hilling 0-0-0. Totals: 16-11-46.
Lexie Long 0-0-0, Sammi Whiteman 5-1-13, Justice Warner 1-0-3, Jordan Crowell 2-0-5, Tori Lyle 2-0-4, Addison Metz 2-0-6, Lauren Christian 0-0-0, Lillian Hamilton 0-0-0, Allison Angle 1-0-2. Totals: 13-1-33.
3-point field goals — Milton-Union: Maddie Brown (3). Covington: Whiteman (2), Warner, Crowell, Metz (2).
Score By Quarters
Milton-Union 11 26 32 46
Covington 10 15 22 33
Records: Covington 10-3.