Covenant saw its winning streak snapped last week, but not before the Lions stretched it to four games.
Using balanced scoring, Covenant opened the week with a 59-48 victory over West Academy. The momentum didn’t carry over two days later, when Madison Academy took down the Lions 51-27.
Coach Ryan Smith was thrilled with his team’s victory over West Academy, perhaps one of the group’s best this season. The Lions had four players reach double figures, the product of an offense that has begun to really mesh.
“This team is growing and it’s becoming a player-driven team instead of me trying to drag them along,” Smith said after the win last Tuesday. “We are just trying to get better in every part of the game. I still think we can be better.”
Terry Hines led the way in the victory, scoring 17 points. David Netherton was right behind with 15 points, while Vansh Patel added 11 and Ethan Hillis tallied 10.
Elijah Smith finished with six points to help the Lions improve to 6-12.
All the improvements seemed to go out the window when the Lions took the court against Madison Academy though, something coach Smith placed squarely on his shoulders.
“I didn’t have our team prepared properly. We didn’t take care of the ball well enough and didn’t get quality shots,” said Smith. “We have to be more efficient with what we are doing on offense. It puts a lot of pressure on your defense when you’re struggling to score.”
Netherton was the high scorer in the loss with seven points. Rounding out the scoring were Vansh Patel with six, Elijah Smith and Smit Patel with four each and Hillis, Hines and Jackson Sauer with two apiece.
Covenant is scheduled to play three games this week, including its senior night Thursday against West Academy.