a 9-1 run by the Lady Jackets and Covington made eight-straight free throws in the clutch to push the game out of reach.
“I think it just clicked in everybody's head," Covington said. "We know what type of team
we have and it was on everybody's shoulders. We didn't want to go home. Everybody is counting us out so we have to prove everybody wrong.”
Covington finished 8-of-11 from the freethrow line while the rest of the team was just 5-of-15. It highlighted what Covington's leadership has meant to a team that is pushing for yet another big run in postseason play.
Starkville (25-2) puts that title on the line over the course of the next week as the Lady Jackets start their run in Jackson on Saturday at 9 a.m. against St. Martin.
In Covington's previous three trips, the team got closer and closer to winning the final game but fell short each time.
Covington, now a senior, is focused
on standing on the Mississippi Coliseum floor holding the trophy in her hands with her teammates.
“It's a good feeling to know that this is my fourth time getting back to Jackson," Covington said. "This year, I want to focus on finishing and bringing a gold ball back to Starkville.”