For the past several years, the Lady Chargers have spent Thanksgiving week at the Madison Academy Tournament in Huntsville, Al taking ion some of the best in Alabama. They have generally fared well but not so this year.
CHS took the opening game from the host school in overtime. “We played very well,” said Coach Katrisha Glass. “Probably the best game we played while there. We were focused and took it to them.” Covington was up by 4 at halftime but saw Madison tie at 62-54 at the end of regulation to force the game into overtime. The Lady Chargers put on their scoring shoes doubling Madison 15-7 in the extra period to put the game away. The Lady Chargers were deadly at the line concerting 18 of 20 attempts. Madison was 6/10 at the stripe.
Treasury Poindexter led all scorers with 22 points again hitting with regularity from long range. LeShundra Somerville and Janekia Mason added 16 apiece in the paint. Madison had three players in double figures Imani Kyser (17), Sierra Jones (15) and Libby Gilliam (13).
Bon Jones was on the schedule for game 2 on Nov. 26 and they handed CHS a 45-42 loss.
“We were flat and unable to score against a good team,” Glass said. Covington managed double figures in scoring in only the 3rd period (17) never leading in the game.
Good free throw shooting continued with Covington making 8 of 12. Bon Jones hit 2 of 6attempts. Janekia Mason led CHS with 13 points. Treasury Poindexter added 12. Bon Jones’ Carolyn Elder led all scorers with 18.
In the finale on Nov. 27, the Lady Chargers faced the #1 ranked AA team in Alabama, Sparkman High School a team that Covington lost to in overtime in the same tourney last year. This year was different. Covington trailed the entire game falling 56-43.
“We could not keep up with them,” Glass said. “Their two guards scored two thirds of their points, Alexis Johnson 22 and Kendrea Dawkins 10. CHS was again paced by Treasury Poindexter’s 18. Precious Harvey scored 10 in the loss.
The contest originally scheduled for Dec. 2 against defending Tennessee AAA champion Overton was played on Nov. 18 and won by the Wolverines 62-52. “We played them close in three quarters,” Said Coach Glass, “But the 2nd was our downfall. They outscored us 16-5 and we never recovered although we did cut the margin to 5 headed to the 4th period.
Precious Harvey led Covington with 16 points. Janeika Mason followed with 14 and Treasury Poindexter 12. Overton got the most of its punch from two players, Kyla Green’s game high 23 and Philecia Atkins’ 20. CHS bested the Lady Wolverines from the free line making 19 of 26 to 12 of 21 for Overton. The Lady Chargers are 4-4 on the season.
Next up, CHS travels to Munford tomorrow night with tip off set for 6 p.m.