Following a sub-par effort at Fayette Ware on Tuesday that resulted in Covington’s first loss in District 15-AA play, the Chargers rolled into Haywood on Friday night in need of a win.
A victory would give the Chargers the lead in league play over a Tomcat team that they defeated 72-70 in overtime on Jan. 8.
This time it took two overtimes to settle the issue. Haywood got its revenge and the district lead with an 86-83 win.
CHS (18-6 overall, 4-2 district) never led against Fayette Ware. It was much the same with the Tomcats (15-7, 5-1).
The Chargers trailed from the opening tip and were down by as many as 11 before a grinding run put them on top 44-43 with 1:18 remaining in the third period.
From that point to the end of regulation, there were two ties and five lead changes. Haywood led by as many as six before the Chargers climbed back into it, tying the contest at 64 on Myles Starks' 3-pointer from the right corner with 19.6 remaining.
The Tomcats missed on the ensuing possession. Brandon Alston grabbed the rebound and launched a mid-court shot that caromed off the glass and rim before falling away.
The Chargers held the lead four times in the first OT period, the last at 72-70 on a pair of free throws by Alston, but the Tomcats knotted the score on a driving lay-up by the game's high scorer, Demarius Boyd, who had 26 points.
Haywood missed the front end of a pair of 1 and 1 opportunities in the waning seconds, but Covington turned the ball over twice after securing the rebounds in both instances.
Travontae Powell of Covington popped a 3-pointer to tie the game at 79 with under two minutes remaining. Kyron Stocking made his third 3-pointer of the game with 1:30 left to give Haywood a cushion that they held on to, securing the win at the free throw line on 3 of 4 shooting by Markeston Douglas, who had 20 points in the game. Jataz Gray added 19 for the Tomcats with 13 coming after the break.
Tyjuan Smith topped Charger scoring with 20 points, his best outing this year. Alston, held to one point in the first half, scored 14 in the second half to finish with 15. Ladarius Griggs had his best scoring night of 2018-19 with 14 points and Powell had 13.
Covington will try to right the ship at Millington on Tuesday night and return home for the final three games of the regular season beginning with Bolivar on Friday.
In girls' action:
The Lady Chargers solidified their hold on the top spot in District 15-AA basketball with a 63-33 drubbing of the Haywood Lady Tomcats at Haywood on Friday night.
Haywood (9-13, 3-3) tied the game at 2-2 and took their only leads of the game at 7-6 and 10-9 before Covington’s half court press led to a deluge of turnovers, 35 in all, and a runaway win for CHS.
Covington (18-5, 6-0) had a three-point lead at the end of the first period that had stretched to 30-20 as the teams went to the locker room.
It was defense that ruled the day. Haywood tied the game twice more at 13 and 18 but the giveaways doomed them on offense and they succumbed, scoring just 13 points after the five-minute mark of the second period.
Kalynn Howard had 19 points, 14 in the second half, to lead all scorers. Felia Fayne added 14 for CHS and DaNiyasia Robinson scored 12, 10 in the last two periods, on 5 of 6 shooting at the free throw line.