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Lady Chargers dominant en route to district title

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Covington's Janeika Mason blocks a shot taken by Haywood's Summer Cunningham during the District 15-AA tournament semifinals Thursday night in Brownsville. Covington won the title two nights later. Photo courtesy Oscar Esquivias

As in battling the Borg from "Star Trek,"  District 15-AA opponents found this season that resistance is futile. 

The Lady Chargers (23-7) continued their assault, earning their second consecutive district tournament championship last week.

Tournament host Haywood was the first victim on Thursday night, falling 69-39 in a game where a 4-3 Haywood lead vanished with a 9-0 first quarter Covington run. 

Added to an 18-5 second quarter, the final score became the only unknown in the game.

Janeika Mason was dominant on the low blocks with a game-high 23 points. 

LeShaundra Somerville complimented her on the other block with her usual strong rebounding and 14 points. Treasury Poindexter added 11.  

Alecia Johnson led the Lady Tomcats with 10 points.

Covington went to the line 27 times with 16 makes and protected the ball, committing 10 turnovers. Haywood (12-14) was good on 7 of 11 at the stripe and was forced into 25 turnovers.

Saturday’s championship game was more of the same for the Jackson Northside Lady Indians, who went down 62-34. 

The game was decided in the first half. CHS opened on an 8-0 run and, while owning the boards on both ends, gave up eight points in the half to leave no doubt as to the outcome.

Somerville was unstoppable down low, recording a game- and season-high 25 points. 

Poindexter had 10 points.

Post season recognition centered on four players. Precious Harvey, Somerville, Mason and Poindexter were named to both the All-District and All-Tournament teams. Poindexter was selected as the District 15-AA Player of the Year and Somerville took the tournament MVP award. 

In her first season at the helm, head coach Katrisha Glass was honored by her fellow coaches as the district Coach of the Year. 

The Lady Chargers will play the number four seed from District 16-AA on Friday night. The site for opening round games is being decided in a meeting today.


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