GREENVILLE – Covington pulled away in the fourth quarter Thursday night to defeat the Greenville girls basketball team 59-45.
Greenville’s Cassie Cromwell went to the free throw line within the first six seconds of the game following a foul, and she made one of the two, putting Greenville on the board. Within the first minute the score was 4-3 in favor of Greenville.
At the 6:34 left to play mark Covington tied the game. Then Jordan Crowell made a 3-pointer, putting Covington up by 3.
At the end of the first quarter Greenville was down by 6 with a score of 17-11. Kaylee Jackson led the Lady Wave with 4 points in the opening quarter.
In the second quarter Greenville came back within 1 with 5:15 left to play in the half. The Wave held Covington scoreless until the 5:00 mark of the quarter.
Greenville, which was led by 9 Morgan Gilbert points including two 3-pointers in the second quarter, outscored Covington 14-12 in the period. From an 8-point deficit, the Lady Wave cut the Buccaneers’ lead to 4 points, 29-25.
In the third quarter Greenville started off with a 3-pointer. However, the Wave were down by 7 at the 3:05 mark. The third quarter ended with both teams scoring 10 points, making it 39-35 in favor of Covington. Karsyn Shaffer led Greenville with 7 points in the quarter.
In the fourth quarter Greenville was within 2 at the 6:05 mark. Then Crowell almost immediately scored a 3-pointer.
Greenville started slipping behind as the time clicked away. The Wave were down by 5 at the 5:06 mark, 7 by the 4:35 mark, 9 by the 2:15 mark, 11 by the 1:31 mark and finally down by 14 at the end of the fourth as Covington won 59-45. Cassie Cromwell had 6 points to lead Greenville in the fourth quarter.
Shaffer led Greenville with 13 points. Also for the Lady Wave, Gilbert scored 9 points, Cromwell scored 7, Jada Garland scored 6, Jackson scored 4, Payton Brandenburg scored 3, and Lani Shilt scored 3.
Samantha Whitman led Covington with a game-high 27 points. Also for the Buccs, Crowell scored 10 points, Lexie Long scored 9, Lauren Christian scored 6, Tori Lyle scored 4, and Justice Warner scored 3.