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Lady Charger Janeika Mason rejects a shot attempt by Haywood's Alecia Johnson. Photo courtesy Oscar Esquevias

What a difference a week can make. 

Back on Jan. 6 in Covington, the Chargers were never in the game against Haywood and lost by 30. 

The rematch came Friday in Brownsville. 

Covington led the Tomcats early in the third quarter, but Haywood rallied for a 64-55 win to complete the season sweep and move to 22-0. 

The Chargers (14-8 overall, 3-3 District 13-AA) got second-quarter 3-pointers from Bobby Shanks and Damarcus Seaberry and took a 29-26 lead into halftime. 

Haywood's quick-strike offense got going in the third quarter, however, outscoring the Chargers 20-12 in the period.

The Tomcats, who are ranked second in the state, used a balanced attack. Sadarius Delk led the way with 14 points and Kyler Douglas and Jordon Varnado each scored 13. 

Shanks scored seven of his game-high 19 points in the second quarter. Malcolm Taylor scored eight points in the second half to finish with 12 for the Chargers. 

Darrion Tipton hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored all eight of his points for Covington in the first quarter, which Covington won 16-15. 

The girls game started and finished just like the Jan. 6 meeting. 

Covington led by 16 at the half and won 68-42 to complete the season sweep of Haywood to move to 15-5 overall and 6-0 in league play. 

Janeika Mason scored seven points in the second quarter and eight more in the fourth to pace the Lady Chargers with 19. 

Treasury Poindexter hit a pair of 3-pointers to join teammate LeShaundra Somerville with 13 points. 

Summer Cunningham led Haywood with 22 points. No one else scored more than six. 

Covington is at Ripley on Friday before hosting Munford on Saturday. Seniors will be regognized between the boys and girls games. The Chargers travel to JCM on Tuesday. 

In other action:

• The Chargers got all they wanted from the Liberty Tech Crusaders last Tuesday before exploding for 27 points in the fourth period to win 74-65. 

Liberty brought a trio of capable guards to the fray keeping the Chargers on their heels in the early going. An early six-point CHS lead was erased with a 7-0 Crusader run.  

Leading by one to open then second period, the Chargers went cold from the floor, trailing by as many as seven in the frame.

Covington trimmed the deficit to one point by the end of the third quarter and then ran away in the fourth, outscoring Liberty 27-17.

Seaberry took team scoring honors with 18. Shanks contributed 16 and Derrian Tipton, subbing for an injured Malcolm Taylor, dropped in a season-high 15. Liberty’s Landon Simmons led scoring with 20 off the bench.

• The Lady Chargers stepped outside the district to participate in the Hoops for a Cure charity event in Dyersburg on Jan. 18, downing FCA 55-48.

“It gave us a taste of tournament play,” said head coach Katrisha Glass. “We were tired after playing three straight nights, but managed to pull it out.”

Covington never trailed in the contest and was comfortably on top by 14 at the half, only to see FCA storm back and cut the lead to four midway through the fourth period. 

Precious Harvey paced CHS with a season-high 18 points.  Poindexter, J’La Brandon and  Mason added 10 each.

Covington's girls continued their unbeaten run in district play on Jan. 21, recording a 58-32 win over Liberty Tech. The offense seemed on cruise control, allowing the Lady Crusaders (8-11, 4-1) to hang around for a half before a 14-2 third quarter and a defensive clampdown that forced a season high 34 turnovers put the game out of reach.

Mason had 18 to lead the scoring with Poindexter kicking in 11.  Harvey and Somerville each added 10.

Steve Holt contributed to this story.

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