Covenant Academy didn’t give an inch defensively as the Lady Lion high school basketball team advanced to the TNCAA tournament finals by winning a pounding matchup Monday night against Madison Academy.
Covenant had three players reach double digits in scoring to claim a 44-32 win at Madison Academy.
Emma Grace Madewell led the offense with 13 points, followed closely by Madisen Madewell with 12 and Naina Patel with 11.
“All the girls kept each other pumped up and positive as we worked through a very physical game,” said Covenant coach Lacey Slatton. “Our defense and rebounding were two of the big keys. They like to drive a lot and we kept them from doing that. Then we did a great job of rebounding on both ends. We kept them from getting second-chance shots and we got a lot of offensive rebounds to give us second chances.”
Sara Adalla finished as the game-high scorer with 24 points for Madison Academy.
It was tied 8-8 after the first quarter with Covenant able to gain separation and build a 20-15 lead at the half. Coach Slatton said strong perimeter defense allowed the Lady Lions to score on breakaway layups, which was crucial considering how much both teams had to labor to score in the half-court set.
Rounding out the Covenant scoring were Sarah Sharpe with five, Savannah Duggin with two and Danielle Petty with one.
The win advanced Covenant to the TNCAA championship game against Clarksville Academy.
That game was played Tuesday night at Madison Academy. Results were not available at press time.