The Covington Chargers can blame only themselves for a 66-60 district home loss to Ripley last Tuesday.
CHS, losing at home for only the sixth time in the past 6 seasons, made three of 12 free throw attempts in the fourth period and connected on a paltry 14 of 31 for the night to hand the game to a jubilant bunch of Tigers.
Poor rebounding and failure to defend the paint plagued Covington all night. Ripley (15-5 overall, 2-0 district) made multiple easy second-chance baskets when not dropping uncontested lay-ups.
CHS trailed 16-13 after one quarter before riding a 12-0 run to open the second leading to a 34-28 advantage at the break.
Leading 49-42 entering the fourth period, the Chargers pushed the lead to 11 to open the period only to see the Tigers go on a 13-1 run and take the lead 55-54 with 4:02 left. The Chargers would tie at 55 and 60 but to no avail.
Forty-nine total fouls marred the game. Ripley had three players disqualified and CHS one.
The Tigers’ flashy guards were too much for Covington. Chad Culbreath took over in the fourth, scoring seven of his game-high 18.
Malcolm Taylor paced CHS with 15 points. Demarcus Seaberry had 12 with four triples and leading scorer Bobby Shanks pitched in 11, being held to three makes from the field. CHS had 16 turnovers to 9 for the Tigers.
Following the first consecutive home floor losses in at least eight seasons, the Covington Chargers were anxious and eager for a win. Jackson Central-Merry provided the opportunity and CHS took it with a 62-46 win last Friday. It was not without its own drama.
After some first quarter back and forth, the Chargers entered the second period with a 19-18 lead.
Suddenly the offense and defense came alive. A 14-0 run and six Cougar turnovers in the period propelled CHS (13-7, 2-2, Dist. 15 AA) to a comfortable 40-25 advantage at the break.
Something happened in the locker room apparently. JCM (4-12, 0-4) held Covington to four points in the third period, closing the gap to 44-40 headed to the fourth.
Just as it had vanished, the offensive/defensive effort returned for CHS in the fourth quarter as CHS thumped the Cougars 18-6 in the period to win going away.
The smoothest player on the court was JCM’s Pharez Beard, who tallied a game high 26 points. Malcolm Taylor, hampered by fouls, led CHS with 16 points. Derrian Tipton scored a season high 11.
Covington goes to Haywood tomorrow night looking to avenge this week’s 30 point loss to the Tomcats. Jackson North Side visits CHS on Tuesday.
In other Covington girls games:
Covington overwhelmed the Ripley Lady Tigers in every statistic last Tuesday in a 56-13 District 15-AA romp.
The Lady Tigers (2-11, 1-1) managed only a free throw in the first period and did not record a field goal until the 4:02 mark of the second and did not break double figures until the middle of the third period.
Meanwhile, the Lady Chargers struggled to get any kind of rhythm offensively against a helter-skelter Lady Tigers offensive/defensive effort. Three senior starters carried the scoring load, led by Janeika Mason’s 12 points. LeShaundra Somerville added 11 and Precious Harvey 10.
Friday’s Lady Charger game could have been billed as the Janeika Mason show. Mason, a senior Lady Charger forward, outscored the Central-Merry Lady Cougars 34-23 for the game as well as her teammates 34-31 in the Lady Chargers’ 65-34 blow-out Friday night.
The Lady Cougars (2-14, 0-4 Dist. 15 AA) were overmatched from the outset.
Covington (13-5, 4-0) continued their dominance of 15-AA, racing to a 25 point half-time lead. Four minutes into the third period the mercy rule was put into effect with the clock running for the sixth Lady Charger game this season.
Treasury Poindexter added 12 for CHS, which forced 21 JCM turnovers (14 steals) to Covington’s 12.
The Lady Chargers travel to Haywood tomorrow night and host Jackson North Side next Tuesday.