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Covington sweeps Dyersburg in district contests

Sunday, December 9, 2012

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Dyersburg's Deyvon Pierce finished with 16 points in the 69-56 loss to Covington.
Facing district favorite Covington in a pair of contests on Friday night at DHS, the Lady Trojans as well as Trojans both gave tremendous efforts against the respective Charger and Lady Charger squads.

Unfortunately for Dyersburg, that effort failed to result in upsets.

The undefeated Lady Chargers, behind a 33-point performance from Asia Jones, held off a late rally from the Lady Trojans to run their record to 10-0 with the 75-68 victory. Dyersburg played the game without head coach Randy Coffman, who was serving the first of a two-game suspension after receiving two technical fouls against Obion County on Tuesday.

In the nightcap, a talented Charger squad proved to be too much to handle for the youthful Trojan squad. Despite a strong push by the Trojans to upset the district heavyweights in the late stages of the game, Covington escaped unscathed and held on to win 69-56.

In the opener, Covington led 7-6 before racing out on an 8-0 run to take a 15-6 advantage with three minutes left in the period. The Lady Trojans received a spark however in the final two minutes when Sydney Coffman and Kenya Jordan drained back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the deficit to 17-12 at the end of the period.

Dyersburg (2-4, 1-3) trailed by as many as 16 points in the second period before heading to the half trailing 45-31.

Chari Swift was a huge reason the Lady Trojan deficit wasn't worse. The junior totaled 15 points in the first two quarters that included a perfect 8-of-8 stretch at the free-throw line.

Dyersburg trailed by the same 14-point margin at the end of the third, 62-48, before making a hard push to get back in the contest over the final eight minutes.

The Lady Trojans went on a 7-0 run over a two-minute span in the fourth quarter to get as close as 64-58 with 5:45 to play. However, the seasoned Lady Charger squad hung on to earn the district victory.

Dyersburg connected on 22-of-60 attempts from the field for 36 percent, compared to the 29-of-69 performance by Covington. The biggest difference overall came in rebounding, an area the Lady Chargers controlled 44-27. The two teams combined for 41 turnovers with Dyersburg finishing with 20.

Swift led the Lady Trojans with 18, followed by Jordan with 16. Taylor ended the game with a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

In the nightcap, the scrappy Trojans' never-say-die attitude kept them in the game throughout the contest, but much like their counterparts the Chargers were simply too much to handle on Friday.

Despite the loss that dropped Dyersburg to 3-6 overall and 1-3 in district play, head coach Blaine Mahaffey remained optimistic about his squad afterward.

"I thought we played really well at times and at others we got rushed into doing some things that played into Covington's hands," said Mahaffey. "We're getting better and guys are starting to grow up and take ownership and become more accountable for themselves. Right now, we're just trying to find our way."

Deyvon Pierce paced the Trojans with 16 points in the contest that included four 3-pointers and a 6-of-11 performance from the field. Brice Williams and Jay Howard also finished in double figures with 14 and 13, respectively.

The two major differences in the 69-56 outcome were in rebounding and free-throw attempts. The Chargers outrebounded the Trojans 37-26 and made more shots at the charity stripe than Dyersburg attempted.

The Trojans connected on 6-of-14 attempts while the Chargers were 24-of-32.

"We're just not being real aggressive and that's the reason we're not getting to the line as much," added Mahaffey.



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