HOUSTON — The Covington girls basketball team led most of the first half, but Houston battled back and took the Lady Buccs into overtime before Covington won 44-43 in both teams season opener.
“Give Houston credit, they really played hard in the second half and got back in the game,” Covington coach Craig Maschino said. “We just had way too many turnovers. Unofficially, I had us for 18.”
Brooke Gostomsky and Jordan Crowell both hit big threes to get Covington into the overtime.
“Actually, Jordan’s (Crowell) three tied the game with 30 seconds to go in regulation and we held on to get into overtime from there,” Maschino said. “We were down four and hit two big threes.”
Covington took the lead in overtime and held on for the win.
“We started with a set play to Jessie (Crowell),” Maschino said. “She scored and we never looked back. She also hit two big free throws in the overtime before fouling out.”
Houston had a chance to tie at the end.
“We were up two and Rayna Horner hit one of two free throws,” Maschino said. “They missed a couple threes. They got the rebound on one and scored. I had told the girls I wasn’t to worried about giving up a two-pointer in that situation. I didn’t think we played well tonight, but give Houston credit for playing hard.”
In the first half, Covington had jumped out to a 6-0 lead on two baskets by Jessie Crowell sandwiched around a basket by Tori Lyle.
Houston turned up the defensive pressure and got baskets from Macey Stang and Rebekah New to close within 6-4.
The two teams traded threes, with Gostomsky hitting from long range for Covington and Kari Meier doing the same for Houston.
Carly Shell scored for Covington, before Jenna Jarrett scored for Houston to make it 11-9 after the opening quarter.
In the second quarter, Rayna Horner hit two free throws and Jessie Crowell scored to make it 15-9, before Stang scored four points to make it 15-13 midway through the quarter.
Covington had the momentum going to the second half, but Houston forced the Lady Buccs to rally to get into overtime and pull out the win.
Jessie Crowell led Covington with 16 points, while Gostomsky scored eighth and Horner added seven.
Stang led Houston with 15 and Jenna Winner scored 13.
Covington will host Fairlawn tonight, while Houston travels to Newton.
RUSSIA — The Sidney Lady Jackets had all they could handle from the Russia Lady Raiders in the season-opening girls basketball game Friday night at Russia.
But they held on down the stretch to post a 61-56 victory.
The Lady Raiders, 0-1 with Bradford coming to town tonight, overcame a slow start to take a 31-27 lead at the half, then rallied back after Sidney outscored them 21-5 in the third quarter to take a 48-36 lead into the final period.
Russia was within four points inside two minutes to go in the game, but Sidney was able to come away with the win.
Russia’s Tiffany Hatcher took game scoring honors, pouring in 20 points on the strength of five three-pointers. Cameo Wilson, a six-foot post, had 15 points and Maria Herron added 11 points and hit three threes.