By STEVE HOLT
An all-time best season record of 34-3, district, regional and sectional titles and a narrow 2-point loss in the opening round of the state tournament from the 2012-13 Lady Chargers just whetted the appetite of Lady Charger fans.
Losing leading scorer Ashia Jones, who is a freshman at UT-Martin, and outside scoring threat Precious Dyson to graduation presents a challenge that first year head coach Katrisha Glass welcomes.
“If the team that I know shows up, we can get back to Murfreesboro again," Glass said. "We have to play hard and smart.”
The offensive work will go through three players with post power from senior Janekia Mason, outside scoring from sophomore Treasury Poindexter and savvy point-guard play from senior Precious Harvey.
Add in the board work and scoring potential of senior Lasaundra Somerville and senior J’La Brandon’s defensive skills and Covington has an experienced core to keep the squad heading in a positive direction.
Junior transfer Chelsea Dye and freshmen Destiney Foster and Kierra Booker are expected to add depth to a defense that looks to stop the opponent on every play with overwhelming defensive pressure.
Brianna Dean, Iesha Tipton and Tierra Williams are juniors who are used primarily on defense and sophomores Chyesia Dye and Alexis Johnson are still looking for a role in the lineup.
“Our new district (15 AA) lacks the depth of strong teams that we had in our old district," Glass said. “There is Westview, Gibson County or Obion County. It is likely that we and North Side will be the strongest girls teams in the district.”
Injuries have not been a factor either in the preseason or the first week of regular play.
“We are in good shape physically,” Glass said. “If we stay healthy, things should go well for us with the talent we have.”