COVINGTON – The Franklin Monroe Lady Jets varsity basketball team traveled to Covington to take on the Lady Buccs in a Tuesday night game, dropping the CCC season opener by a 57-46 score.
The young Lady Jets jumped out to an 8-3 lead before the home team battled back to trail 12-11 after one period of play.
“We came out strong,” said Moore. “I felt like we were prepared well and they showed that we came out and played hard…went on a run but we couldn’t overcome that adversity tonight.”
The second and third quarters of the night were the difference in the game with the Lady Buccs using a 12-0 run while not allowing a Jets third quarter field goal.
“That was the big run,” Moore noted. “We really didn’t have an answer offensively for that. Our shots weren’t falling. We were getting them up, we were getting good looks but they weren’t falling tonight.”
Covington took advantage of the middle quarters to take a 25-19 lead at the break and push its lead to 35-24 after three quarters of play.
“That shows our inexperience right now,” Coach Moore said of her team’s turnovers. “These are good games for them to be in and we will learn from it.”
The fourth quarter had the Lady Jets cutting Covington’s lead to eight points midway through the period.
“I thought we were going to turn the corner there,” said Moore. “I was feeling good…we were on a role. We couldn’t get past that last hump. They hit some big shots and credit Covington. They made shots when they had to.”
Both teams would add 22 points to the fourth quarter board taking advantage of the free throw line. The Lady Jets would send Covington to the line to make 12-of-16 fourth quarter tosses while the FM girls were knocking down 8-of-13 at the line to give the Lady Buccs a 3-0 early season record with a 57-46 win.
The Lady Jets 5’0” freshman Chloe Brumbaugh led the team with 17 points including 9-11 at the free throw line while 5’10” freshman post player Corina Conley accounted for 11 points on the night.
The Lady Jests freshman class scored 39 points and the sophomore class accounted for seven points to round out FM scoring on the night.
“I’m such a competitor I want to see it now and I know I have to be patient at times,” Moore stated, “but I am expecting big things out of these girls and we’ll get there.”
The Lady Buccs were led by 5’7” sophomore Samantha Whiteman’s 23 points including 10-of-12 at the line and 13 of her game high points coming in the fourth quarter.
The Lady Jets take on the Tri-Village Lady Patriots, December 1st, in a Thursday night contest on the Patriots home court starting at 6:00 p.m. There will be no junior varsity game.
BUCCS 57, JETS 46
COVINGTON – S. Whiteman 5 10-12 23, J. Cromwell 2 5-6 12, V. Lyle 1 2-4 7, J. Warner 1 1-2 6, A. Metz 1 2-5 4, L. Long 1 1-2 3, K. McReynolds 1 0-0 2, THREE POINTERS 54 (J. Whiteman 1, J. Warner 1, J. Cromwell 1, V. Lyle 1) – TOTALS 12 21-31 4 57
FRANKLIN MONROE – C. Brumbaugh 4 9-11 17, C. Conley 5 1-3 11, K. Morris 3 1-3 7, A. Cable 1 5-8 7, B. Cable 1 0-0 2, C. Peters 0 2-3 2 – TOTALS 14 18-28 0 46
SCORE by QUARTERS:
11-14-10-22 57 Covington
12-07-05-22 46 Franklin Monroe
PHOTO CAPTION: FM freshman Chloe Brumbaugh hits two of her 17 points in game at Covington (Gaylen Blosser photo)