A trip to Fayette-Ware for a Charger-Wildcat showdown is always a memorable experience. Friday night’s edition was no different.
CHS (3-1) held on for an 83-80 win against the Wildcats (0-4) in a game that saw both teams record 30-point-plus quarters.
Fayette-Ware led by as many as five in the opening stanza on strong offensive rebounding and high percentage shooting from the floor.
Cold shooting and five Wildcat turnovers in the back court combined with senior Delvin Russell’s low block 10 points and Bobby Shanks' eight in the period fueled a 30-8 Charger run and a 19-point halftime advantage.
“Fayette-Ware is reported to be one of the best teams in Class AA,” said Covington coach Charles Mitchell. “We played two minutes in the quarter, took off the rest of it and we saw what they could do.”
Leading 71-54 with 4:06 on the clock, the Chargers relaxed and the Wildcats pounced with a 26-12 run.
With Covington leading 82-80 with two seconds on the clock, Shanks was fouled and went to the line for a pair of free throws to ice the game.
He made the first and missed the second. A Wildcat player rebounded the miss, took two dribbles up the floor and heaved a three-quarter court prayer that brushed the bottom of the net as the horn sounded.
The Chargers had five starters in double figures led by Shanks’ 18. Malcolm Taylor added 16 and a strong presence on the boards. Derrian Tipton scored 10 in the first, finishing with 15. Damarcus Seaberry provided the outside threat with the hat trick from 3-point land and 15 points and Russell totaled 11 in the paint.
“We have to play every game to the end and we didn’t do that tonight. A few free throws were the difference.” Mitchell said. “That said, I’ll take a win on the road, in that atmosphere, against a good AA team. We are still learning to play.”
The Chargers go on a holiday trip to New Madrid, Mo., on Thursday and Friday before returning to regular season play on Dec. 6 at Munford.
The Lady Chargers turned in another workmanlike performance Friday night at Fayette-Ware, dropping the Lady Wildcats 71-44. Playing their first game at home, Fayette-Ware (0-4) led only once at 3-2. Covington (3-1) led by 12 after the1st period and pushed the lead to 26 midway through the second.
Covington head coach Katrisha Glass will have something to work on in practice as both starters and the liberally-used bench struggled all game to get the ball up the floor against a physical, trapping full court press.
The team had a lot of misfires from the line as well, shooting under 50 percent.
Treasury Poindexter continued her outside scoring. tallying a game-high 22. LeShundra Somerville had a big night on the offensive glass scoring 16, most of them second chance opportunities.
The bright spot for Fayette-Ware was point guard Travon Williams, who led her team with 16 points and steady point play.
The Lady Chargers return home for a 6 p.m. girls-only contest at Overton on Tuesday and then visit Munford on Dec. 6.
In other area action:
Munford swept the boys and girls games on Friday in Millington.
Behind 16 points from Kierra Richardson, the Lady Cougars defeated Millington 45-32 to move to 2-1 on the season.
Munford won the second quarter 16-5 to build an eight-point lead they would never lose.
Precious Mills added nine points for Munford and Lindsey Owen scored eight.
The Munford boys also moved to 2-1 with a 73-57 win over the Trojans.