It was much of the same to start the second quarter for Covenant — two turnovers and five missed field goals in the first three and a half minutes. Then the Warriors found Joseph twice under the basket for her first four points of the game.
“She was the spark we needed tonight,” Williams said. “Random nights it’s different people, but Kyra was that tonight and Kylie Bright with her defense and her long arms just getting some tips, that’s exactly what we needed.”
The Warriors would score eight more points and go on to win the second quarter 15-6. They held a 21-18 lead at the half.
“If we start hitting shots, all of a sudden our girls start stepping up with confidence,” Williams said. “Sometimes, getting that first bucket is the hardest part.”
The second half was a back and forth affair. Scecina recaptured the lead late in the third, thanks to Gavaghan’s 14 third-quarter points, but Covenant was able to take a 33-32 lead into the fourth.
Scecina’s Jenny Montgomery connected on a 3-pointer to put the Crusaders up 39-37 with just over two minutes to go. However, the Warriors prevented them from scoring another field goal for the remainder of the game as they eventually retook and held onto the lead.