One quarter of hot shooting wasn't enough to lead the Covenant Academy High School Lady Lions to victory Friday night at McMinnville Civic Center.
Covenant caught fire in the second quarter to take a halftime lead over visiting Riverside Christian, but the Lady Knights pulled away in the second half to win 61-42.
The Lady Lions, particularly guard Niana Patel, couldn't miss in the second quarter from the outside. Patel drained three 3-pointers in the period, flustering a scrambling Lady Knight defense. When Covenant's top gunner from the outside couldn't pop open, Emma Kate Wrather and Katherine Shelton took aim. Both Lady Lions hit 3-pointers in the period to push Covenant ahead 27-21 at halftime.
Kennedy Honey, who led Riverside with 35 points, took over the second half. The Lady Knight guard wrecked the Covenant defense, breaking away for layups and spotting up for short jumpers. Honey's run-out layup just a minute into the fourth quarter sparked a 10-0 run that effectively put the game away.
Madison Madewell finished with 8 points in the loss, followed by Emma Madewell and Sarah Sharpe with 4 points each. Wrather, Shelton and Chloe Hillis scored 3 points apiece.
Covenant will travel to Lincoln County Tuesday for a rematch with Riverside Christian. Action is set to start at 6 p.m.