The Boys Basketball team’s (12-12) came to an end last night, falling to Monrovia HS (19-6) 71-62 in the IHSAA Sectional #44 final at South Putnam HS. The win gave the Bulldogs their first sectional title in 19 years.
The game was tight early, as neither team was able to put scoring possessions together in the first few trips down the court. But the Bulldogs finished the first quarter on a big 14-2 run to give MHS a 19-8 lead after eight minutes. The run continued into the second quarter, as the hot-shooting Bulldogs scored eight points in the first thirty-eight seconds of the frame. Despite a small Warriors’ run in the second, Monrovia held a 40-23 lead at halftime. The teams traded baskets through the first half of the third quarter, with the Bulldog lead growing to 50-30, before CCHS finished the quarter on a 14-5 run to close the gap to 55-44. The Warriors continued to battle back, cutting the lead to 55-48 with a 3-pointer in the corner from Sophomore Trey Flatt with 6:14 remaining the in the game. But Covenant could not claw any closer than that, as Monrovia was able to push the lead back out to 14 points with less than two minutes to play. CCHS scored on several late turnovers by the Bulldogs to cut the final deficit to nine.
Juniors Noah Hedrick and Sam Fulbright highlighted four double-figure scorers for Covenant, as Hedrick scored a team-high 19 points, while Fulbright netted 16. Flatt scored 11 points, while Junior Cam Shurig added 10. The Warriors did a great job of limiting Monrovia’s leading scorer Senior Max Newman, who averages 21.1 ppg, to just 10 points. However, MHS’ other big man, Junior Josh Smith tied with MHS Senior Caleb Jones with game-high 22 points. 12 of Smith’s 22 came from distance, as he hit four 3-pointers, while Jones scored all 22 point his points at the rim on second chance points and backdoor cuts.
The Bulldogs advance to face Northeastern HS (17-8) in Saturday’s Regional #11 semifinal at Greenfield-Central HS at 10:00am. NHS defeated Union County HS (13-12) 52-50 in the Sectional #41 final. Heritage Christian (25-5), who defeated Speedway HS (13-11) 70-61 in the Sectional #43 final. HCS will face Shenandoah HS (24-1) in the other Regional #11 semifinal at 12n on Saturday. Shenandoah defeated T.C. Howe CHS (16-7) 66-50 in the Sectional #42 final.