Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

February 13, 2014

Warriors claim thrilling sectional opener

By Ryan Palencer
Hendricks County Flyer

SPEEDWAY — Despite trailing by five points with just over a minute remaining in its sectional opener, the Covenant Christian girl’s basketball team did not panic or give up.

 

Instead, the Warriors took charge and rode a 12-2 run over that stretch to complete the comeback and move on in the sectional tournament, defeating host Speedway 68-63 Wednesday night.

 

“I told the girls, if you want to be great, great teams come back when there is not very much time on the clock,” Covenant Christian coach Joe Smith said. “That is exactly what we did. We were down five with a minute or less to go. I felt like when we got the ball back, the girls just did not panic.”

 

A back-and-forth first quarter led to a 15-15 tie. However, the Warriors rallied around an 11-3 run in the second quarter and claimed a five-point halftime advantage.

 

However, Covenant was down one point after three quarters and the lead expanded to the five-point deficit with just over one minute remaining.

 

Sarah McLimore scored back-to-back buckets and Covenant cut the deficit to one. With 40 second left, Mary Tingle gave the Warriors the lead for good with a three-point play on an assist from Rachel McLimore, who converted another three-point-play 10 seconds later to ice the game.

 

R. McLimore led the way for Covenant Christian with 26 points. Tingle chipped in 15 points and 11 rebounds, while S. McLimore added 13 points and eight rebounds.

 

Allison Nash led the way for Speedway with a game-high 46 points and 13 rebounds.