Somebody once said, "All great things must come to an end." I think that quote is appropriate for our season. We certainly had a great regular season. Final record of 18-2, AP #2, Bi County Champions, and WRC Champions. Our kids were fun to watch and fun to coach.
I could go on about the positives of our season, and I promise to write an article in the upcoming days that will reflect on all the great things we accomplished. But today, I'm going to use my position and this website to get on my soap box and preach to the masses. I don't do this often, but I think that it’s important because I'm starting to hear a popular theme concerning our new sectional opponent. Whether I'm at the grocery store, the gas station, or on social media, it is becoming popular for people in our community to make Central Catholic out to be "invincible" and for Covington to be the "victim." I'll be frank with you, if you are one of the people who are perpetuating this myth, then you are part of the problem.
All year I have heard or read comments like, "Central Catholic shouldn't be in our sectional"... "Central Catholic can recruit" or "Private schools should have their own class." Comments like those are nothing more than "excuses" meant to make us feel better about not reaching our goals. Tuesday night we got beat because we didn't play well. We were good enough to win that game, but Central Catholic played better than we did. That's why they won and we lost. If one offers anything else as a reason, then they are perpetuating the myth.
It’s time for our athletes to step up for the challenge. We have to start making the necessary sacrifices to be successful. We have to get in the weight room and get bigger, faster, and stronger. We have so spend more time on the court and become more skilled. Central Catholic is good because they work at it. Offering another reason would be disrespectful to them and the success they have enjoyed.
Our team has 365 days to get ready for next year's tournament. My plan is to use that time to get our team ready to perform better when it matters most. You can be assured that I won't waste one second complaining about who is in our sectional or whether or not they have an unfair advantage. We are going commit ourselves to becoming the best team that we can be and we have an entire year to do it.
Well, they say its never over until the "Fat Lady Sings." Friday night she may have been warming up, but thankfully we never let her take the stage. The Trojans came away with one of the most exciting victories that I can remember. With just .7 seconds left on the clock and the ball on the sideline, Griffin Spring was able to inbound the ball to Jordan Ahrens who somehow was able to catch, turn, and shoot the ball all in one motion, beating the final horn. His bank shot frrom the free throw line area set off one of the wildest celebrations that I have ever seen!
We started the game out playing a little "tight." I thought we had some pretty good looks at the basket early in the game, but we failed to convert on many of them. Even with the slow start we managed to lead 9-8 a the quarter break. We were forced to play without Travis Coleman for much of the 2nd quarter after he picked up his 2nd foul. Inspite of the foul trouble we had bult a 9 point lead before giving up a late 3 point shot to the Athenians. We took a 25-19 lead into the lockeroom.
I felt pretty good about our chances of taking control of the game in the second half, but I didn't realize we were about to turn in our season-worst half of offensive basketball. We only managed 4 points in the 3rd quarter (all from the FT line), and 9 points in the final quarter. If it wasn't for our excellent defensive effort and our perfect FT shooting we would have most certainly lost the ballgame.
We were led in scoring by Chandler Spring and Jordan Ahrens who both totaled 15 points apiece. Gage Hegg turned in another solid performance with 11 points. The win improves our record to 18-1. That is the best regular season record at Covington since Dwayne Rater's 1977-78 team led by Dale White and Bryan Hughes went 20-0 in the regular season.
If you missed the game on Friday, here is look at the last shot. A special thanks to Nyanne Applegate for providing this. cville-buzzer-beater_1.mov
From the Desk of Troy Bever...
The JV Trojans ended their season with 2 loses and finished 13-6. Last Tuesday the Trojans jumped out on Benton Central 22-10 after the 1st quarter and still led 31-24 at the half. The 2nd half was a different story. Defensively we just did not play with the intensity we needed and lost 54-62. Ryan Fletcher had 15 and Griffin Spring had 14 in his only quarter of play. Quentin Andrews added 9 and Josh Allen had 7 off the bench.
Friday night fell behind early to Crawfordsville and could not get over the hump and lost 36-47. We did manage to tie the score at 27-27, but we could get no closer. Ryan Fletcher had 12 points and Ethan Snyder had 9.
Even though we didn't finish the season the way we wanted, this was a great season for this team. They worked hard everyday in practice. They were a great group of kids who made everyday a fun day. I really appreciated their hard work and effort this season.
The BC game has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 25th at Benton Central. JV tip is set for 6 pm. The varsity game will start at approximately 7:30 pm. Origninally when BC had to cancel Tuesday's game due to inclement weather, we didn't think there was going to be a date available to reschedule the game. I'm glad that we could work something out. I think the schedule change is going to be good for us. We are going to face two big, physical, 3A teams in the last week of the season. It should be great preparation for the tournament.