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Dyersburg struggles at Covington in district contests

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Traveling to face two of the top teams in the state on Tuesday night, the respective Dyersburg squads needed to play well for four quarters in order to have a chance at pulling off a major upset against either of the Covington squads.

The Trojan boys went toe-to-toe with the No.4-ranked Chargers for three quarters, playing well along the way until a collapse occurred in the fourth quarter. Trailing by five to start the fourth quarter, Dyersburg fell flat and the Chargers surged ahead, ultimately winning the district contest, 74-49.

Dyersburg led 13-9 at the end of the first quarter, before heading to the half down 29-27. In the third quarter, the Trojans remained within striking distance and trailed just 51-46 with one quarter to play.

The talented Charger squad took advantage of Dyersburg's inability to sink shots in the final eight minutes, outscoring the Trojans 23-3 in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.

Kevin Shaw and Brice Williams paced the Dyersburg attack with 16 and 14 points each, while teammate Jay Howard chipped in with nine.

The Trojans connected on 18-of-46 attempts from the field compared to 24-of-59 for Covington. The Chargers owned the glass as well, outrebounding Dyersburg 37-18.

In the girls game, the Lady Trojans appeared to still be suffering from an overtime setback to Obion County on Friday. The local squad never found a rhythm against the No.5-ranked Lady Chargers, ultimately falling in the district contest, 70-48.

Dyersburg (15-7, 7-5) connected on 21-of-66 attempts from the field and made just 3-of-20 from 3-point land. The Lady Chargers held a slight rebounding edge 37-29, and the turnover battle was close as well with the Lady Trojans finishing with 19 compared to 17 for Covington.

Chari Swift led Dyersburg with a double-double, finishing with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while teammate Myah Taylor added 10 that included two of the Lady Trojans three 3-pointers.



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