The Covington Lady Chargers earned an unprecedented third straight trip to the sectionals Monday night in Memphis with a gritty and grinding 65-50 win over Craigmont in the Region 8-AA semifinals.
A win in the region championship on Wednesday (played past press time) would give CHS home court advantage on Saturday night in the sectionals. A loss sends them traveling to Dyersburg or Westview.
With a win Saturday the Lady Chargers would advance to their second straight state tournament and third in the program's history.
Covington (24-7) hit the court like gangbusters against Craigmont, running out to an early seven-point lead.
Precious Harvey found her game, drilling Craigmont (23-7) with first-period points on 5-of-5 shooting on her way to a game-high 20.
The second-seeded Lady Chiefs recovered their bearings to trail 19-14 after one. CHS had a scoring slump in the second period, falling behind 28-27 before closing with a flurry to lead 31-28 at the break.
The Lady Chiefs lead by two twice in the third. Tied at 39, the game turned.
An 11-2 Lady Charger run that spanned the third and fourt periods put the game out of reach.
Craigmont never got closer than six again.
Covington was bullied on the low blocks, giving up 38 points. It took mid-range and outside shooting to keep CHS in the contest. Treasury Poindexter came up with 15 points and LeShundra Somerville added 14, with 10 coming in the fourth period. Craigmont’s Daja Scurlock led her team with 18 points.
Covington opened region play on Friday night on the home floor and made short work of the Trezevant Lady Bears, 71-35.
Trezevant held a short-lived 2-0 lead before the roof caved in. Outscored 11-4 in the opening frame, the Lady Bears (15-12) were out of it at the half, down 35-13, mainly due to 19 of their 29 total turnovers and the strong inside play of Janeika Mason (21 points).
Somerville took over in the second in the paint, putting 15 of her 19 points in the book. Harvey added 10 for CHS.