The Girls Basketball team (15-8, 2-3) closed out their regular season last night with a Senior Night celebration and an overtime thriller, downing Bethesda Christian, 66-60. The game closed out a tripleheader night on Andrew Smith Court, a night of very intense contests. The JV Boys pulled away from a 2-point halftime lead for a strong win over Providence Cristo Rey, while the Boys varsity lost a tight game to PCR. The girls game closing out the night, did not disappoint, as it was a hotly contested matchup throughout.
The game bounced back and forth throughout the first half, with Bethesda holding a slim one point lead after the first eight minutes, and CCHS rallying to hold a 26-25 lead at the break. The Lady Patriots seemed to take control of the game and pull away in the late third quarter and early fourth quarter, leading by as many as eight midway through the fourth quarter, but strong full-court pressure from Covenant led to a furious comeback late in the game. BCS Senior Maddie Fulks, who had a game-high 29 points on the night, hit two free throws with 34.2 seconds remaining in regulation to give Bethesda a 55-52 lead. The Lady Warriors worked the ball against the BCS zone defense until Senior Sania Borom got a wide open 3-pointer from the top of the key, but could not get the shot to fall. Sophomore Samara Douglas was able to wrestle the offensive rebound away to keep the Lady Warriors’ hopes to tie the game alive. The ball got reversed to Junior Bonnie Lew Ludlow, who got a shooter’s roll on the game-tying 3 with 8.6 seconds left. BCS was not able to get a good luck as the fourth quarter clock expired.
CCHS controlled the tempo and execution in the overtime period, outscoring the Lady Patriots 11-5 in the extra session. Ball control and movement forced the Lady Warriors to the foul line for all of their points in OT, going 11-for-13 from the charity stripe in overtime.
Borom was the leading scorer for a very balanced scoring attack for CCHS. Sania scored 16 points, while Sophomore Patty Chikamba and Senior Ilani Williams-Harris each scored 13. Ludlow finished the game with 11, while Douglas chipped in nine. Chikamba had a strong game, tying Douglas and two Lady Patriots with a game-high six rebounds, to go along with 2 assists and 2 steals. Borom grabbed 3 rebounds, while stealing the ball four times and handing out six assists. Williams-Harris recorded 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Fulks 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals for BCS.
Covenant drew a bye in the first round of the IHSAA Sectional #43, and will face the winner of #2 ranked University HS (20-1) and Cascade HS (12-10). UHS/CHS will face off in the first round on Tuesday at 7:00pm, with CCHS waiting to take on the victor on Friday at 7:30pm. Park Tudor (13-7) will face host Western Boone HS (9-14) on the opposite side of the sectional bracket.