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Starkville Daily News - - SCORE­CARD -

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.”

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