ANSONIA — The Covington girls bounced back from a non-conference loss to Miami East in the Barnball Classic with a 58-41 win over Ansonia in CCC action Monday.
“It is always nice to get back on the court in a conference game atmosphere following a tough loss in holiday tournament championship,” Covington coach Craig Maschino said. “It’s been eight days since that game. We needed to get back at it to get that sour taste out of our mouths.”
One key was the defense of Rayna Horner.
“We knew we had to defend Brooke Neal,” Maschino said. “She is a shooter and averages right at 16 points per game. She can shoot the 3 pretty well. Rayna Horner had the defensive assignment tonight and she accepted the challenge. Rayna used her quickness to shadow Neal the entire game. She held her scoreless until about 4:30 left in the game. I told Rayna if she didn’t get any stat at all in the stat column tonight, I was okay with that as long as Neal didn’t score. That would be the best thing she could do for her team. She did exactly what I asked if her.”
Maschino also liked his team’s offense.
“Coming in to tonight, we knew we had to be aggressive and execute offensively,” he said. “Sammi Whiteman and Jessie Crowell really played nice games. Sammi played a great defensive game which resulted in easy transition baskets for her. She also did a nice job of penetrating their defense and scoring in the paint. Jess had a nice bounce back game tonight. She’s been off a little with her shot of late. She seemed to find it tonight.
“Our defensive pressure really created offense for us most of the night. We forced 27 turnovers and had a number of deflections that really kept Ansonia out of sync offensively.”
Whiteman led Covington with 25 points.
Crowell scored 22 and Brooke Gostomsky added nine.
Covington, 9-3 overall and 6-3 in the CCC, will play at Milton-Union Monday.
BRADFORD — The Bradford girls basketball team lost 38-25 to Southeastern Monday night.
Mandi Bates and Mackenzie Weldy both scored seven points and Ally Booker added six.
PLEASANT HILL — The Newton girls basketball team’s game with Northwestern was postponed Monday and will be played Wednesday at Newton High School.
RUSSIA — Russia’s Lady Raiders pulled away in the final period to upset visiting New Knoxville in non-league girls basketball action at Russia Monday night, 43-34.
The win put the Lady Raiders at 4-6 overall and dropped the Lady Rangers to 6-4. Russia is at Arcanum on Saturday and New Knoxville will hosts Waynesfield next on Tuesday.
Russia led after every quarter turn, but it was still just a four-point game after three quarters at 32-28. But the Lady Raiders held Knoxville to just six fourth-quarter points and hit 5-for-6 from the line in the final period to pull out the victory.
Russia had three players finish with double figures. Laurissa Poling had 13 and both Jenna Cordonnier and Maria Herron added 10 each. Poling set the tone for the Lady Raiders, scoring eight of her points in the first quarter to get her team off to a quick start.
NEW BREMEN — New Bremen held a 13-8 lead after one quarter and that turned out to be critical, because Houston battled to the end before the Lady Cardinals pulled out a 42-38 victory in non-league girls basketball action Monday night at Bremen.
The loss left Houston at 5-7 overall going into a game at Sidney on Monday. New Bremen raiseds its record to 8-3 on the year and is at Botkins on Saturday.
Houston had two players in double figures. Jenna Winner finished with 14 and Macey Stang added 13.
Houston struggled from the field, hitting just 13-for-51 for 25 percent. New Bremen wasn’t a whole lot better, canning 16 of 49 for 32 percent.
Houston outrebounded the Lady Cardinals 33-30.