The Lady Chargers came away with a hard fought 51-42 win over Munford on Dec. 17.
Both teams struggled to score from the floor in a first half that saw CHS limp to the locker room nursing a 21-22 lead.
Covington picked up the defense in the in the third period and heated up the offense getting some breathing room, outscoring the Lady Cougars 14-7.
Munford finally went inside in the fourth period to Lindsey Owen in the low blocks where she scored 10 of her 14 points. Munford cut the Lady Charger lead to five points with twi minutes remaining but could get no closer.
The Lady Chargers helped to keep Munford in the game, shooting a miserable 3 of 12 at the free throw line, where the Lady Cougars prospered, connecting on 8 of 10 attempts.
CHS’ Janekia Mason led all scorers with 19 paint points. Teammate Precious Harvey had one of her better offensive showings, adding 12 points.
Precious Mills paced MHS with 16 points. The Lady Cougars fell to 5-5 with the loss.
In other action:
• For the first time, the Chargers joined their lady counterparts in a pre-Christmas tournament at Harding academy, but they did not fare as well, going 1-2 in the three-day event.
CHS’ season record stands at 8-4.
Central beat the Chargers 67-42 in the opening game, tagging CHS with their largest loss of the year. Covington was never in the contest, managing only 11 points in the first half, allowing the Warriors to build a 36-11 lead at the half. CHS matched Central with 32 points in the second half, but it was too late.
Darius Thompson’s 15 points was game/team high for Central. Antonio Gillespie added 13.
Damarcus Seaberry led Covington with14 while Malcolm Taylor scored 10 in the paint.
The Chargers bounced back on Friday night, dropping FCA 69-61.
Covington opened a 17 point advantage at the end of the third period, but the defense faltered in the fourth, allowing FCA to get back in the game with a 22-13 scoring advantage in the frame.
CHS’ K.J. Stowers led the scoring with 18 points. Charger Malcolm Taylor added 14 points. Bobby Shanks scored 10 for Covington.
Covington lost Saturday’s contest to St. Benedict 57-45.
Covington led 13-9 after the first quarter but then could not keep up.
The teams were even at 26 to open the third period but a six-point fourth period doused Charger hopes for a win. Malcolm Taylor led Charger scoring with 13. K.J. Stowers pitched in 10.
“We have got to get tougher and play more as a team,” said Covington coach Charles Mitchell. “Defense and rebounding have to improve for us to compete in district play.”
The Chargers travel to Harrison, Ark., Dec. 26-28 for a post-Christmas tournament. The regular season continues at Brighton on Saturday, Jan. 4, and the district season at home against Haywood on Tuesday, Jan. 7.
• The Lady Chargers traveled to Harding Academy’s “More Than a Christmas Basketball Tournament” Dec. 19-21, posting a 2-1 record which boosted their season record to 8-5.
CHS dropped the opening game 57-45, losing for the second time this season to the MHEA Lady Eagles.
Covington, which trailed all game, closed the gap to 23-22 at the break but the Lady Eagles pulled away with a 14-7 third period and coasted to the win.
Treasury Poindexter was effective with 17 points from the outside for CHS. Janekia Mason kicked in 13 points.
The Lady Chargers bounced back on Friday with a 58-33 win over the Germantown Lady Red Devils. Covington applied defensive pressure to turn a 10-10 tie after the first quarter into a rout, outscoring Germantown 38-12 over the second and third periods.
LeShaundra Somerville pounded the glass scoring a team/game high 14. Poindexter added 13 and Precious Harvey 11.
Covington closed out the tournament and the 2013 portion of their season with a 59-45 win over the Bartlett Lady Panthers. The Lady Chargers led by three after one period and cruised to a wire-to-wire win.
Treasury Poindexter took scoring honors with 16 points from long range. Precious Harvey turned in another double digit game at the point with 15 and LeShaundra Somerville worked the low blocks for 13 more.
The Lady Chargers return to action on Jan. 4 at Brighton and open the district season at home against Haywood on Jan. 7.
• Covington and Munford hooked up in a bruising, low scoring battle on Dec. 17 won by the Chargers 55-38.
The Cougars hit the floor with adrenaline flowing, jumping out to an 11-6 lead after the first period. Covington was unable to find the range or get on the boards until mid-way through the second period. They pulled even at 17 with an 11-4 run and surged ahead to go to the half leading 22-19.
The Chargers owned the second half on the boards and finally began to click on offense, outscoring the Cougars 33-19 after intermission.
Turnovers were a factor. CHS forced 17 Cougar miscues, including seven steals. CHS recorded a season-low five giveaways.
Bobby Shanks’ 18 points and Malcolm Taylor’s 17 led the scoring parade for CHS. A combined 28 of those points came in the 2nd half. Smooth-shooting David Hunter had a team high 14 for Munford.