The Girls Basketball team (17-8, 2-3), who upset the #2 ranked University HS (22-2) in the Sectional #43 semifinals on Friday night, came back on Saturday night and handled their business and put the game away early, defeating host Western Boone HS 63-35 to win their sixth straight sectional title and tenth overall in program history. Sectional #43 bracket.
The Lady Stars (10-15) had rallied in their semifinal win over Park Tudor (14-8), from a 20-point deficit, for a 63-55 victory. But WeBo could not handle the Lady Warriors’ full court pressure, allowing CCHS to run out to an early lead. In addition to using their pressure to turn the Lady Stars over and score in transition, Covenant also hit some big shots on their way to a 20-6 lead. The big run in the game’s opening six minutes blew the game open and pushed WBHS to use their first two timeouts.
Senior Ilani Williams-Harris got great support from all of the Lady Warriors, but Williams-Harris carried the scoring load for CCHS early. Ilani scored 13 of her game-high 25 points in the first quarter, including three 3-pointers. Senior Sania Borom also added 5 points in the opening quarter, as Covenant raced to a 22-9 lead heading into the second quarter. The Lady Warriors’ strong defense continued in the second quarter, as they held the Lady Stars to just four points. CCHS led 40-13 at halftime, sealing the win away. CCHS turned their defense into 19 points in transition and outscored WeBo 22-10 in points off of turnovers.
Williams-Harris’ 25 points came on 10-for-12 shooting and her performance also included 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. Borom scored just 7 points, but led the Lady Warriors with 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals. Junior Bonnie Lew Ludlow and Sophomore Samara Douglas both reached double figures in scoring, each netting 10 points. Douglas had 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals, while Ludlow had a rebound, an assist, and 2 steals. Sophomore Patty Chikamba added 6 points, 4 rebounds, an assist, and 3 steals. WeBo Senior Kara Brewer led the Lady Stars with 17 points, while fellow Senior Tori Wilkenson had a game-high 8 rebounds.
Covenant will now advance to face #1 ranked Triton Central HS (24-0) on Saturday at noon in the IHSAA Regional #11 hosted at Southmont HS in Crawfordsville, IN. TCHS cruised through their Sectional #42 opponents, defeating Scecina Memorial HS 86-20 and Eastern Hancock 65-43. Triton Central defeated CCHS 64-51 in their regular season meeting in mid-January. The other side of the Regional #11 bracket includes the Sectional #41 Champion Shenandoah HS (23-2) versus the Sectional #44 Champion South Putnam HS (18-6). Shenandoah held off Northeastern HS 55-48 in overtime in their sectional final, while South Putnam cruised past Parke Heritage 70-43 in their final. The SHS/SPHS game will be at Southmont on Saturday at 10:00am. The regional final will be on Saturday at 8:00pm. The Regional #11 champion will advance to the Class 2A South Semi-State to face the Regional #12 champion on Saturday, February 22.