By Rob Kiser
COVINGTON — It wasn’t exactly what Covington girls basketball coach Craig Maschino envisioned Thursday night against Bethel in CCC action.
But, a strong start to the third quarter was enough to propel the Lady Buccs to a 49-33 victory over the Lady Bees.
“We didn’t play well at all tonight,” Maschino said. “To be honest, the first four minutes of the third quarter was about the only time we played Lady Bucc basketball. We were able to trap on defense and create some things on offense.”
Despite making just nine of 37 shots in the opening half, Covington was able to take a 25-15 lead.
The Lady Buccs opened the second half on a 14-2 run to put the game away, leading 39-20 after three quarters.
Sammi Whiteman had six points off steals and Brooke Gostomsky added five points in the quarter.
“We are always talking about attacking gaps in the defense,” Maschino said. “I thought our defense in the third quarter kind of got us going.”
Covington made just four of 22 shots in the opening quarter and four points by Kayla Grable and a basket by Becky Schwieterman had Bethel within 7-6 late in the quarter.
But, Whiteman banked in a mid-court bomb at the buzzer to make it 10-6 and Covington opened the margin to 25-15 by halftime.
“I called a couple timeouts early to try to get us going and that didn’t work,” Maschino said. “Then, I decided to let them play through it and obviously that didn’t work either.”
But, Covington found a spark to start the second half and was in control from there.
Whiteman had 14 points and six rebounds for Covington, while Gostomsky added 11 points and Jessie Crowell, Lexi Long and Carly Shell all grabbed six rebounds.
Grable and Kristin Bowman led a balanced Bethel attack with six points each.
Delaney Harbert grabbed seven rebounds, while Courtney Schmidt pulled down six and Schwieterman, Bowman and Tia Koewler all had five.
Covington was 19 of 72 from the floor for 26 percent and three of nine from the line for 33 percent.
Bethel was 14 of 35 from the floor for 40 percent, but just four of 14 from the line for 29 percent.
Covington won the battle of the boards 35-34 and had 19 turnovers to Bethel’s 36.
“We have Russia Monday night,” Maschino said. “We are going to have to play a lot better than this if we want to win.”
Covington improved to 10-4 overall and 7-1 in the CCC.
Monday’s game at Russia is a 6 p.m., varsity-only game.
Kayla Grable 3-0-6, Courtney Schmidt 2-0-5, Emily Crase 0-3-3, Becky Schwieterman 1-0-2, Tia Koewler 2-0-4, Kristin Bowman 3-0-6, Delaney Harbert 1-1-3, Klaudia Lowery 2-0-4. Totals: 14-4-33.
Arianna Richards 1-0-2, Brooke Gostomsky 4-1-11, Rayna Horner 1-0-3, Sammi Whiteman 6-1-14, Jessie Crowell 3-0-8, Tori Lyle 0-0-0, Jordan Crowell 3-0-7, Lexi Long 0-0-0, Carly Shell 1-1-4, Julianna Yingst 0-0-0. Totals: 19-3-49.
3-point field goals — Bethel: Schmidt. Covington: Gostomsky (2), Horner, Whiteman, Jessie Crowell (2), Jordan Crowell, Shell.
Score By Quarters
Bethel 6 15 20 33
Covington 10 25 39 49
Records: Covington 10-4 (7-1).
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.