Lady BUCCS secure district title game with win over Southeastern

Covington Lady BUCCS advance to District Championship game with impressive win over Southeastern Lady Trojans

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Maggie Anderson scores for Covington in the Lady BUCCS tournament win over Southeastern. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

VERSAILLES – The No. 3 seed Covington Lady BUCCS took advantage of strong second half play at both ends of the court to advance to the OHSAA D-IV District Finals with a convincing 53-36 win over the No. 2 seed Southeastern Lady Trojans.

Covington’s Avery Koffer drives to the basket for a score in the Lady BUCCA OHSAA DIV tournament win over Southeastern. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“We started with the inside game and finished with the inside game,” said Covington coach, Shawn Naff.  “That was a game plan. We have an advantage in the post – we have two of the best post players in the area.”

The teams played to a 13-13 tie after one quarter of action getting balanced scoring from the Lady BUCCS with Maggie Anderson and Carlie Besecker each scoring 4-points, Avery Koffer a 3-pointer and Meg Rogers a deuce. Brooke Nelson had the hot hand for Southeastern draining three 3-pointers and a basket for 11-points.

Carlie Besecker scores in the paint for Covington in the Lady BUCCS tournament win over Southeastern Lady Trojans. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

The Lady Trojans were one better in the second quarter of play sending the teams to the halftime break with Southeastern holding a slim 26-25 advantage. Nelson paced the Lady Trojans with 6-points and a total of 17-first half points.

Gracie Anderson scores for Covington in the Lady BUCCS tournament win over Southeastern. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Covington used a 15-2 third quarter outburst to grab a double digit 40-28 lead while the Lady BUCCS defense was keeping the Lady Trojans Nelson off the board heading to the final quarter of play. Gracie Anderson accounted for 6-points including a triple, Maggie Anderson 5-points including a trey and Besecker added 4-points to round out Covington third quarter scoring.

Period No. 4 had the Covington girls taking the final quarter 13-8 to punch its ticket to the District Finals with a 16-point win over Southeastern.

“We shut down No. 11 (B. Nelson),” Coach Naff stated. “She’s a good player. We were hoping she wasn’t going to hit every shot she put up in the second half. No. 5 (Kelsey Vollrath) was in foul trouble so that helped us a lot not having two shooters on the floor. They have two great guards so that’s tough to defend.”

Covington takes on No. 1 seed Fort Loramie Lady Redskins, Saturday, February 25 at Troy with a 1:00 p.m. start time.

“We’ll prepare and get ready for Loramie,” Naff said.

BOXSCORE:

COVINGTON 53, SOUTHEASTERN 36

COVINGTON – M. Anderson 18, C. Besecker 14, A. Koffer 13, G. Anderson 6, M. Rogers 2 – TOTALS 18 5-6 4 53

SOUTHEASTERN – B. Nelson 20, K. Billet 5, K. Vollrath 4, M. Ashmore 3, A. Moore 2, S. Simmons 2 – TOTALS 6 6-6 6 36

3-POINTERS

Covington 4 (A. Koffer 2, G. Anderson 1, M. Anderson 1)

Southeastern 6 (B. Nelson 4, K. Billet 1, M. Ashmore 1)

SCORE by QUARTERS

13-12-15-13 53 Covington

13-13-02-08 36 Southeastern