Since head coach Katrisha Glass took the reins of the Lady Charger basketball program, the teams have battled Haywood down to the wire, but have almost always come up just short.

Not so on Tuesday night.

Covington (12-6 overall, 1-0 District 15-AA), after a slow start, caught fire and posted a 73-35 win.

The Lady Tomcats (6-11, 0-1) had the better of it early.

While Covington repeatedly misfired, Haywood hit and led 15-9 at the end of the first quarter. It all came apart in the second.

The Lady Charger defense stepped up and forced 14 of Haywood’s 37 turnovers in the period, holding them to five points while Covington poured in 23 to take a 32-20 halftime advantage.

The Lady Chargers ran away in the second half, outscoring Haywood 41-15.  Sophomore point guard Kalynn Howard scored 11 of her game-high 20 points after the break. Trinity Taylor added 14 and Ali Gover had 12, including three makes from beyond the arc. Other scoring came from Kayla Davis with eight and Brinley Cousar with seven.

CHS committed 22 turnovers and made 12 of 24 free throw attempts

Haywood was led in scoring by their lone senior on the roster, Shadeasya Glover. She scored 13 points.

Covington hosts Millington on Friday night in another district game. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

Jeff Ireland is The Leader's sports editor. To contact him, call 901-476-7116 or email jireland@covingtonleader.com.​

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