By Rob Kiser
COVINGTON — Audrey Francis kept the Fairlawn girls basketball team in the game for a quarter Saturday night at Covington.
But, the Lady Buccs took over in the second quarter and never looked back, cruising to a 57-33 win over the Lady Jets to improve to 2-0 on the season.
“I think we had four turnovers tonight and one in the first half,” Covington coach Craig Maschino said. “That is a big improvement from the 27 we had last night. I was really pleased with the way the girls responded tonight.”
With Francis accounting for eight of the 10 points, Fairlawn trailed just 14-10 early in the second quarter.
“We have one goal every night — to win every quarter,” Maschino said. “Even if you only win each quarter by two points, that is and eight point win.”
Jessie Crowell, who would score 17 points in the first half and finish with a game-high 28 points, hit a two and a three to make it 19-10. Brooke Gostomsky had a putback and after Francis broke the Fairlawn drought, Covington freshman Sammy Whiteman immediately answered with a three to make it 24-12.
“Jessie (Crowell) was a little frustrated against Houston last night,” Maschino said. “I talked to her and I thought she did a nice job out there tonight. Yes, it was a close for a little while. The (Audrey) Francis girl is a great player. But, I thought we did a nice job moving the basketball in the second quarter.”
By halftime it was 30-14 and Covington never let Fairlawn back in the game in the second half, leading 50-23 after three quarters.
“To be honest, I didn’t even know what the score was at halftime,” Maschino said. “As far as I was concerned it was 2-0. We won the first quarter and second quarter. We want to win four quarters every night.”
Whiteman joined Crowell in double figures for Covington with 11 points, while Brooke Gostomsky had eight rebounds and Arianna Richards and Jessie Crowell both had five.
Francis had a double-double for Fairlawn with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Lauren Dudgeon grabbed seven rebounds.
Covington was 22 of 54 from the floor for 41 percent and eight of 13 from the line for 62 percent.
Fairlawn was 10 of 48 from the floor for 21 percent and 10 of 21 from the line for 48 percent.
Both teams grabbed 33 rebounds. Fairlawn lost the turnover battle, with 12 miscues.
Covington will open CCC play Tuesday, facing Arcanum on the road.
Continuing to look to win every quarter.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.