Tanner Palsgrove and the Buccs did enough to end a four-game losing streak by beating Fairlawn on Saturday. ©Ben Robinson/Color Green Photo

COVINGTON – The Covington Buccaneers ended a four-game skid by defeating Fairlawn 54-39 on Saturday on a night where former athletes were inducted into the Covington Athletic Hall of Fame.

“Our goal tonight was to start off the second half of the season 1-0, and although it wasn’t perfect, we accomplished our goal,” commented Covington coach Logan Carey. “Defensively I thought we did some really nice things all game long. We were in lanes, forcing mistakes and applying ball pressure. Now we have to finish those really good defensive possessions with box outs. Our rebounding is still a weakness.”

Covington opened up the game by taking a 12-7 lead after one and a 25-19 lead at the break.

The Buccs pushed their lead to 41-28 at the end of the third and used the opportunities at the free throw line to close out the game by making 11 of 14 free throws in the final period.

Overall, Covington converted on 18 of 26 free throws throughout the entire game, while Fairlawn made five of eight from the charity stripe.

“Offensively, getting to the line twenty-six times is a welcomed change,” Carey said. “We challenged them to be more aggressive and look to attack, and we certainly did that.”

The Buccaneers had two players reach double digits in scoring as Bryson Hite and Britton Miller scored 14 points each.

The win boosts Covington’s overall record to 4-8 as the Buccs prepare for a very stiff challenge at Troy Christian next Friday.

Britton Miller shoots around a Fairlawn defender for two of his 14 points. ©Ben Robinson/Color Green Photo

Covington – 12 – 25 – 41 – 54
Fairlawn – 7 – 19 – 28 – 39

Bryson Hite – 14
Britton Miller – 14
Tanner Palsgrove – 9
Brogen Angle – 7
Gunner Kimmel – 5
Connor Humphrey – 5

D. Westerbeck – 12
G. Maddy – 10
L. Hollenbecker – 5
T. Sparks – 4
N. Cramer – 3
D. Davis – 3
A.Maddy – 2

Covington – Tanner Palsgrove (1), Brogen Angle (1), Bryson Hite (1)

Bryson Hite scores on a layup in the first period. ©Ben Robinson/Color Green Photo