LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- Basketball season has returned to Lookout Mountain as the Covenant women's basketball team is set to begin the 2019-20 season.
Second-year head coach Skylar Bareford's squad will start the new season on Saturday at Toccoa Falls in non-conference action.
Bareford's team features a lot of new faces after the graduation of six seniors last season. Six new players will take the court for the Scots in 2019-20, with five of those freshman.
Covenant finished last season 10-16 overall and was picked to finish seventh in the USA South West Division this year in the league's annual preseason coaches' poll.
After Saturday's opener, Covenant travels to Birmingham, Ala., for the Richard Dardenne Classic on Nov. 15-16 to face Millsaps (Nov. 15) and Birmingham Southern (Nov. 16).
Officially, Covenant does not return a starter from last season; however the Scots do return key players from last year's squad.
Margo Koby, the lone senior on the team, started six games last season, and played in all 26, and returns as the most experienced Scot. Koby averaged a career-best 5.2 points per game to go with 3.8 rebounds per contest a season, while logging 16.2 minutes per game. Junior forward Hannah Monday also played in all 26 games a year ago, making three starts, and collecting 4.5 rebounds per game in 16.8 minutes.
The bulk of the roster is in the recruiting class. Bareford's newcomer class includes five freshman and a sophomore transfer.
Freshman guards ruled the day in the recruiting class. Cosette Kirsch, Elissa Moore, Ruthie Moore, Michaela Price, and Alex Spence can all play at guard spots on the floor. Kirsch and Ruthie Moore were major scorers during their high school careers, while Spence is a 3-point specialist after draining over 240 in her high school career. Elissa Moore played for a top homeschool program in the nation and Price was part of a strong girls' basketball program at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Sophomore guard Abby Dalton transferred into Covenant after spending a season at Georgia Northwestern Tech.
The 2019-20 home opener is slated for Nov. 19 against Sewanee at 5 p.m. The contest is one of three non-conference home games for the Scots.
Covenant rounds out November with a trip to the midwest to face Blackburn (Nov. 22) and Webster (Nov. 23) before traveling to Atlanta to play Oglethorpe (Nov. 26).
Three of the Scots' four games in December will come inside Barnes PE Center. Covenant opens USA South play on Dec. 4 against Agnes Scott before a trip to Piedmont on Dec. 7. The Scots then return home to face Bob Jones (Dec. 10) and Johnson (Dec. 14) before breaking for Christmas.
The final two months of the season features a full USA South slate. Covenant hosts Wesleyan (Jan. 4), Maryville (Jan. 11), Berea (Jan. 21), and Piedmont (Jan. 25) in January before capping the home portion of the schedule in February with Huntingdon (Feb. 7), Brevard (Feb. 8), and LaGrange for Senior Day (Feb. 15).
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