Alan Yount takes a shot during first haf action Friday at
Bradford. Yount netted 12 points
for the Railroaders but it was
Covington that prevailed, 48-27. CNO Photo by Dylan Knoop
derailed on senior night
Covington too much
By George Starks
See below for Friday night scores.
BRADFORD- Bradford threw everything but the kitchen sink at Covington
Friday in its Cross County Conference game with the Buccs.
Maybe the Railroaders should have included the sink.
Bradford did everything it could to slow down Covington Friday but when
the final train whistle blew, Covington had posted a 48-27 victory.
The difference came in two areas for Bradford. First, the inability to
protect the ball. Bradford committed a whopping 17 turnovers, eight in
the fourth quarter, allowing Covington to score some easy points in
“We had several key possessions that we didn’t use,” said Roaders coach
Curtis Enis. “I thought we played hard and we were aggressive and
that’s what I teach them to do. We have to go out there and make the
best of every possession we get but we have to stop the other team.”
Second, the inability to stop or slow down the Buccs big man, 6-4
junior, Cole Owens. Owens scored 24 points and yanked down 10 rebounds,
four off the offensive glass with two of those going back for scores.
“We did everything we thought we could do to stop him, especially in
the first half,” Enis stated. “Things like that happen. We didn’t have
an answer for him but I thought we did well on him in the first half.”
Although it was a sloppy first quarter for Bradford, trailing 15-6
after one, it was the second frame that allowed the Roaders to stay
close. Employing a 2-3 zone that worked, Bradford allowed just five
Covington points in the second quarter. On offense, the Roaders could
muster just eight points and trailed 20-14 at the break.
In the third quarter, Covington coach Roger Craft had his team attack
the zone, building a commanding 36-22 lead after three.
“They got the angles and got the ball inside to him and was able to
take advantage of his (Owens’) height,” Enis pointed out. “Coach
Craft’s team plays hard and are very disciplined. Don’t take anything
away from them. We had some good stops in the second quarter and forced
some turnovers, but basketball is played in four quarters, not one.”
Bradford was led in scoring by senior Alan Yount with 12 points.
In the junior varsity game, Bradford came back from six points down
with less than two minutes to play to beat Covington, 28-27.
Friday night scores:
TV 63, Newton 41
Miami East 68, Arcanum 49
Ansonia 56, MV 35
Versailles 67, New Bremen 62
FM 30, Bethel 29