The Girls Basketball (17-9, 2-3) season and strong state tournament run came to a close on Saturday afternoon, falling to #1 ranked Triton Central HS (26-0), 66-49 in the IHSAA Class 2A Regional #11 semifinal at Southmont HS.
The Lady Warriors knew that they had an uphill battle against the undefeated Lady Tigers, and maybe that weighed on the minds of the girls from Covenant early in the game, as CCHS struggled to finish shots early and take care of the ball. TCHS jumped out to the early lead, and despite the Lady Warriors’ early struggles, they only trailed 12-7 after the first quarter. Covenant got a little spark off of the bench, as Freshman Ella Crane and Sophomore Anna Guiff came in and helped get the Lady Warriors back into the game. Crane created some pressure defensively and Guiff scored her six points in the first half. Covenant scrapped and rallied to tie the game at 16-16 midway through the second quarter. Triton Central finished the first half with a flurry of outside shooting, as they hit 3-pointers on three of their last five possessions in the half to stretch their lead back out to 27-18 heading into the break.
The Lady Tigers jumped on CCHS early in the second half, pulling away to a 41-23 lead with just under four minutes remaining in the third. Covenant mounted a small rally in the last few minutes of the third quarter, cutting the lead 45-31 heading into the fourth quarter. A 3-pointer from Junior Bonnie Lew Ludlow cut the TCHS lead to 49-36 less than two minutes into the fourth, but having to chase and pressure Triton Central and foul late allowed the Lady Tigers to maintain their lead to close out the game.
The effort from the Lady Warriors was there, but they could not overcome 21 turnovers, which turned into 25 points off of turnovers for Triton Central. CCHS also struggled shooting, shooting just 12-for-36 from 2-point range on the game.
Senior Ilani Williams-Harris closed out her strong high school career with 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists to lead the Lady Warriors. Sophomore Samara Douglas also had a solid game for CCHS, netting 11 points, pulling down 3 rebounds, and handing out 3 assists. Ludlow netted 9 points to go with four rebounds. Triton Central Senior Maya Chandler scored a game-high 23 points. Senior Riley Stephens also had a very strong game for the Lady Tigers, netting 17 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.
Triton Central moved on to the Regional #11 final to face #5 ranked Shenandoah HS (24-3) on Saturday night, and put the game away early. TCHS jumped out to a 16-3 lead after the first quarter on their way to a 64-38 regional championship win. TCHS will face #4 ranked Linton-Stockton HS (23-5) in the Class 2A South Semi-State game at Jasper HS on Saturday, February 22.