Covington senior CorTayza Flowers signs a basketball scholarship to Southwest Tennessee Community College while her parents, Stephan Flowers and Shaunta Rogers, look on. Photo by Ashley Waits

When CorTayza Flowers transferred from Brighton High School to Covington in advance of the 2020-21 basketball season, Covington head coach Katrisha Glass knew she was getting a good player.

But she already had three really good seniors – Felia Fayne, Kalynn Howard and DaNiyasia Robinson – on the roster who had played together for multiple seasons.

“She came in at a time when we needed a guard,” Glass said. “And to get not only a guard, but a big guard, it really took our game to the next level. She was a big part of that team. She just fit into the puzzle.”


“When I first got here I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into,” Flowers said with a smile.

In the end, everything worked out quite well. That ’20-’21 team advanced to the state tournament and Flowers was the third-leading scorer. Last season, Flowers led the district in scoring (19.9), was the district MVP and helped the team win another league title.

The coaching staff at Southwest Tennessee Community College took notice snd Flowers signed a basketball scholarship with the team last week in front of family, friends, teammates and coaches.

Flowers compared Southwest coach Andrea Martre to Glass.

“It’s a great program there. She (Martre) said she can develop me, kind of like my coach now. She will push me to be my best. The environment should be about the same.”

Flowers said she began to think playing in college was a possibility after her first season at Covington.

“I didn’t know if she (Glass) was going to be on my head, pushing me. Well, she did and I appreciate her for that, helping me find my full potential. I’m still not there. yet. I feel like there are some things I need to work on to get better, but she got me to the point I am now.”

Jeff Ireland
Author: Jeff Ireland