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Lady Lions roaring
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Naina Patel and the Lady Lions are beginning to gel at the perfect time. Covenant has upped its win total into double digits, including a victory Monday at Boyd. - photo by Jeffery Simmons
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Savannah Duggin fires for two during Monday's win over Boyd. - photo by Jeffery Simmons

In the wild, the female lion serves as leader of the pride. Her speed, agility and killer instinct are always ready to be deployed at a moment’s notice.

New coach Lacey Griffith is presiding over a pack of skillful Lady Lions, and they’re doing their best to provide Covenant Academy with some pride… and plenty of wins.

Covenant Academy enters its final stretch of games with 12 wins. The Lady Lions are showing no signs of slowing down either.

If anything, Griffith has seen her team take a leap as her team grows accustomed to the expectations of their new leader.

“I’m very proud of all of my girls,” said Griffith. “We have grown a lot as a team throughout the season. Being a new coach, there was a lot of learning for myself and the girls.

“They’ve learned to play a full four quarters with the same intensity. They communicate well and play well together.”

Covenant has put itself squarely in championship contention heading into February. The Lady Lions are currently sitting in third place in the TNCAA and are just a few points from being even higher in the standings.

Two of the team’s three conferences losses came to Madison Academy by a total of five points. The Lady Lions may get a shot at redemption in the tournament, but the team still has work left to do in the regular season.

Covenant continued rolling Monday, going to Boyd and downing the Lady Broncos on their home court. It completed a season sweep for the Lady Lions in the local series.

Covenant finished its conference schedule with a road game Tuesday, Jan. 29 at Lancaster (results were unavailable at press time). The Lady Lions will have senior night Thursday, Jan. 31 against Victory Baptist.

Griffith is hopeful her team’s focus stays sharp in the coming weeks.

“Our goals for the remainder of the season are always to leave it all on the floor, work hard and show respect,” said Griffith. “When we represent our school and beliefs as Christians in every platform, the rest will take care of itself.”