Savanna Duggin made the biggest free throws of the season for Covenant.
Duggin’s late success at the charity stripe helped the Lady Lions hold off West Academy 36-35 Thursday night in the TNCAA tournament.
“We just stayed calm, played good defense and pressed them to stop them,” said Covenant girls coach Lacey Slatton.
Even after Duggin put the team ahead by splitting a pair of free throws in the final seconds, Covenant had to sweat out a late chance. West Academy went to the line with nine seconds to play with a chance to tie or take the lead, but the visitors missed the front end of a 1-and-1.
Covenant (10-10) grabbed the board and ran out the clock, pushing it into the TNCAA semifinals. The Lady Lions will face Dayspring Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Madison Academy for a chance to play in the championship.
Duggin finished with 11 points to lead the way, while senior Erica Clay added 10. Addison Smith chipped in five in the victory.
Covenant led by double figures in the second half, but an extended slump allowed West to close the gap. Fortunately, Duggin was clutch late.
“It should’ve never been that close, but their girls fought back and we got lax,” said Slatten.
Rounding out the Covenant scoring were Madisen Madewell with four and Sarah Sharpe, Lanya Byars and Jaelin Stovall with two points each.