The Boys Basketball team (12-10) pulled away from the Cadets of Cascade HS on Friday night, putting together a 71-51 win to advance to Saturday night’s IHSAA Sectional #44 final. The Warriors will face Monrovia HS (18-6) in final, as the Bulldogs defeated the host Eagles of South Putnam HS (16-7) 62-47 in Friday’s other semifinal.
Covenant, who hit a program-record 17 3-pointers in their regular season finale against Cascade last week on their way to an 87-52 win over the Cadets, looked to work the ball for high percentage shots early. That deliberate approach led to a slow start on the scoreboard, but CCHS started to exert control, moving out to a 12-6 lead. The Cadets rallied, but Covenant made a 4-0 run in the final seconds of the first quarter to surge ahead 16-10.
The Warriors’ full court defensive pressure led to the Cadets turning the ball over as well as getting into foul trouble, as CCHS extended their lead to 34-21 by halftime. Covenant used a balanced scoring attack in the second quarter, as six different scorers chipped in for the Warriors’ 18 points. CCHS shared the ball well again in the third quarter, as they pushed the lead out to 51-35 by the end of the third with six different scorers again found the bottom of the basket in the frame.
The Covenant defense pushed the lead out to as much as 25 midway through the fourth quarter, before coasting to the win. Junior Sam Fulbright scored 11 of his game-high 16 points in the first half, while Junior Noah Hedrick came in a close second in scoring with 11 of his 15 points in the second half. Sophomore Trey Flatt scored 9 points, while Junior Ethan Maudlin poured in 8. Juniors Cam Shurig and Gus Chikamba and Sophomore Ben Bradley each scored six points. CCHS held the Cadets’ Senior Benson Walker to just 13 points, with just four of them coming in the first half.
Monrovia used a 14-2 second quarter pull away from South Putnam on their way to their win in the first semifinal. The Bulldogs win sets up Saturday’s final at 7:00 pm at SPHS. MHS has not won a sectional title since 2000, while Covenant has not won a sectional since 2011. The Bulldogs lost to Cloverdale in the sectional final in 2017, while CCHS last played in a sectional final when they lost to Speedway in 2014. Covenant leads the all-time series 5-1, but Monrovia won their last regular season meeting in January, 2016, 63-62.