INDIANAPOLIS — The Covenant Christian Warriors (2-7) kept the South Putnam Eagles (3-7) grounded last Thursday night, winning 44-31. It was a much needed win for Covenant Christian after playing the underdog role for the majority of their games thus far.
Head coach Matt Williams’ Warriors were led by lone senior Mallory Huff and promising freshman Hannah Blakley with a combined 29 points.
“We’ve played a very difficult schedule early on,” Williams said. “We’ve played all 3A and 4A teams and we’ve taken our fair share of lickings, but at the same time, (Hannah) Blakley has been a really consistent scorer and I can’t say enough about Mallory’s leadership.”
Both of which were on full display Thursday night. First, it was Huff that ignited an 8-2 run two minutes into the first quarter that forced an early Eagles time out. South Putnam came out of the timeout with two quick scores that pulled them back within two until Blakley contributed six points to a Warrior 8-0 run.
“I had some rough games with our 4A opponents,” Huff said. “I have to attack, I have to score. That was my mind set. Previously I had been fading back and not going to the basket, but today I had to attack the boards and go to the basket.”
The losses can be tough and overwhelming while trying to find your rhythm and consistency night in and night out. However, struggles early on suggest the storm has passed, hopefully bringing more nights like this one.
“It’s better to have those tough games in the beginning so you get them over with and you have those hard games out of the way and you can learn how to build,” Huff said. “It’s so frustrating, even from a senior perspective, but I looked at our rankings; we have the 62nd hardest schedule in the state and seventh in 2A and you look at that and you realized the hard games are over. We can build.”