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Lady Charger Leshaundra Somerville goes to basket against Brighton's MaKayla Rose during action Saturday night in Covington. The Lady Chargers built an early lead and won 56-27. Photo by Jeff Ireland

The Covington Lady Chargers flexed their muscles early and often Saturday night at home against Brighton. 

Covington's lead hit 20 midway through the second quarter and a young Brighton team never recovered as the Lady Chargers cruised to a 56-27 win. 

Starters Treasury Poindexter, Precious Harvey, Leshaundra Somerville and Janekia Mason combined to score all but 10 of the Lady Chargers' points. 

First-year Covington coach Katrisha Glass was happy to get the victory, but did have some constructive criticism for her team, which moved to 5-4 with the win. 

“For the most part, I thought we played pretty good,” Glass said. “I thought at times we played defense really well, but our bench is going to have to give us more. We can't have such a break down when our starters go out.”

Covington's press caused Brighton (1-6) a lot of problems early. 

Taking advantage of some turnovers, Harvey scored six straight points during a second quarter run that pushed Covington's lead to 33-10. 

Kiara Booker hit a 3-pointer for Covington right before halftime to give the Lady Chargers a 36-15 lead at the break. 

Covington opened the fourth quarter with a 13-2 run to push the lead to 32 points before the starters came out again. 

Poindexter, who led all scorers with 13 points, hit a 3-pointer and scored five points during the run. Mason, who finished with 12, scored six points in the paint during the run. 

Harvey finished with 11 points for Covington and Somerville added 10. 

Sophomore Shayna Johson led Brighton with nine points and Alyssa Hunt, a freshman, added six. 

There were times during the game when Brighton, which has no seniors on the roster, had multiple freshmen on the floor. 

“We're young and we're trying to build right now,” said BHS coach Kent Cates. “A lot of seniors graduated. We're going to be young, but I liked our energy out there for most of the game.”

Both teams will get into district play after the holidays. 

Glass said her team, which advanced to the state tournament last year but lost some key players to graduation, is still working out some kinks. 

“This is a different team from last year,” she said. “I think they're beginning to mesh and mature as a team.”

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