By Rob Kiser
COVINGTON — The Covington girls basketball team was looking to shake off two straight losses when Ansonia visited Thursday night in Cross County Conference action.
While it took almost a half to stat clicking, the Lady Buccs did exactly that in a 52-31 victory over Ansonia in CCC action.
“We were coming back from a tough game Monday,” Covington coach Jim Meyer said. “I thought the second half, we got back to playing the way we had been playing.”
It started late in the first half with Covington leading 16-13.
Jordan Crowell and Justice Warner had steals for baskets after Sammi Whiteman had a putback and Lexie Long hit two free throws, before Ansonia made a late free throw to make Covington’s lead 24-14 at the break.
And it wasn’t as if the Buccs had played that bad in the first half.
“We just weren’t knocking down shots,” Meyer said. “We missed at least seven two-foot shots in the first half. If we just make three of those, it is a 16-point lead at half, instead of 10.”
Warner and Tori Lyle took over in the third quarter as Covington opened the quarter with a 15-2 run.
Warner hit two shots — including a three — to start the half and Lyle had four putbacks in the quarter. That 39-16 and Ansonia never recovered.
“We hadn’t been getting any offensive rebounds,” Meyer said. “Then, Tori (Lyle) starts getting every rebound in the third quarter. That quarter — Tori and Justice (Warner) hitting those two shots were a big part of that. Those shots by Justice were big.”
The whole team seemed to feed off that as the Lady Buccs cruised to the victory.
“Jordan (Crowell) and Sammi (Whiteman) made some big plays,” Meyer said. “Lauren (Christian) hit a big shots for us. Lexie (Long) played great defense. Addison (Metz), Allie (Angle) and Lillian (Hamilton) all hit shots. It was everybody.”
Whitman led Covington, who improved to 11-3 overall and 7-1 in the CCC, with 13 points and five rebounds, while Lyle just missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.
Warner had seven points, Long had six points and six rebounds and Hamilton added five points and six rebounds in the second half.
Trinity Henderson led Ansonia with eight points, while Bailey Stammen grabbed eight rebounds and Jailyn Thwaits pulled down seven.
Covington was 22 of 62 from the floor for 35 percent and seven of nine from the line for 78 percent, while Ansonia was 10 of 44 from the floor for 33 percent and 11 of 23 from the line for 48 percent.
The Lady Buccs had 16 turnovers — a with a number of those after they emptied the bench — to the Tigers 18 and won the battle of the boards 42-28.
Covington will get ready for big home game Monday with Russia by traveling to Bethel Saturday in CCC action.
“Hopefully, we continue what we did tonight,” Meyer said.
Which is play like the Lady Buccs.
Stefani Garrett 2-1-5, Katie Werts 2-1-5, Jailyn Thwaits 1-2-4, Trinity Henderson 3-2-8, Bailey Stammen 1-3-5, Ashton Bradham 0-0-0, Kassy Wentworth 1-2-4. Totals: 10-11-31.
Lexie Long 1-4-6, Sammi Whiteman 6-1-13, Justice Warner 3-0-7, Jordan Crowell 1-0-2, Tori Lyle 4-1-9, Lauren Christian 1-0-2, Addison Metz 2-0-4, Allison Angle 1-0-2, Lillian Hamilton 2-1-5, Morgan Lowe 0-0-0, Josie Crowell 0-0-0, Mackenzie Long 1-0-2. Totals: 22-7-52.
3-point field goals — Covington: Warner.
Score By Quarters
Ansonia 6 14 21 31
Covington 9 24 43 52
Records: Covington 11-3 (7-1).
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.