The Jackson North Side Indians gave Covington all they wanted on the road last Friday before falling to a resilient bunch of Chargers 74-68.
North Side (9-5 overall, 0-1 District 15-AA) led early before closing the first period down 19-17.
Covington (12-5, 1-0) took its first win in their new district in stride, never letting JNS back in the game. CHS, which led by as many as 12 in the second half, had too many turnovers (18) and missed free throws (14 of 27), letting the Indians creep back into the game.
The Indians trimmed the lead to five points late in the fourth but could get no closer.
JNS’s Khylan Sullivan lit up the night with 33 points. He was 13 of 18 from the field, but did not score in the second period as he was on the bench with foul troubles.
Chavis Fuller added 12 and Tavarius Frazier for JNS.
Bobby Shanks led the Chargers with 23 points, including clutch free throws in the fourth period. Damarcus Seaberry kicked in 18 points and Malcolm Taylor had 13 in the low post.
Covington coach Charles Mitchell said, “I’m just happy to get into district play and see where we are.”
Where they are will become clearer soon with CHS hosting Haywood tonight, Jackson Central-Merry tomorrow, Liberty next Tuesday and North Side on Friday.
In girls action:
Covington rolled to a 77-39 win over the Jackson North Side Lady Indians Friday night to open its first season in District 15 AA.
Runs were the operative means of defeat as the Lady Chargers outscored JNS 16-0, 12-4 and 17-0 in the first, third and fourth periods.
It was an inside/outside performance that JNS could not handle.
Treasury Poindexter was 6 for 6 at the free thrown line and added 11 points from the outside with three 3-pointers for Covington.
Janeika Mason and LeShaundra Somerville provided the rest of the punch in the paint.
Somerville, who had 19 points, took the game over in the third period, scoring 12 of her 19 points. Mason’s game-high 21 came from pounding the boards for 12 second-chance points.
Quinnisha Thomas led JNS (4-10, 0-1) with 15 points. No other Lady Indian had more than 5.
The Lady Chargers (10-5, 1-0) forced 20 turnovers, 10 of them steals, while committing 16 giveaways of their own.