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Scots Erase Double-Digit Deficit, Hold on for Win over Brevard

Margo Koby
Margo Koby (photo credit: Nina Grauley/ Sports Information)

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- Trailing by 13 in the second quarter, the Covenant women's basketball team rallied back and then held on in the final seconds for a 46-44 victory over Brevard on Saturday evening inside Barnes PE Center.

The game's start time was moved back three hours after a snowstorm hit Lookout Mountain, dumping over three inches of snow on Saturday morning.

Margo Koby hit two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and Ruthie Moore went 3-of-4 at the foul line in the final three minutes to give Covenant the lead for good. The Scots held a 45-44 lead for over two minutes late in the fourth quarter and held Brevard scoreless for the final four minutes of the contest.

Covenant (9-14, 6-8 USA South) trailed 23-10 with 6:13 left in the second quarter after Brevard went on a 12-0 run. The Scots made just five field goals in the first half, but went 13-of-18 at the foul line to get within 29-25 at the half.

In the third period, the Scots trailed by seven early on but rallied back and climbed to within one (34-33) after a Cosette Kirsch 3-pointer with 5:26 left in the period. Covenant trailed by a single point entering the fourth quarter.

The Covenant defense was stout throughout the final two quarters. Brevard went scoreless for over eight minutes between the third and fourth quarters and Covenant grabbed its first lead of the game during that stretch on a Hannah Monday jumper with 7:18 remaining in the fourth that made it 37-36.

The teams traded leads three times in the quarter, but two Moore free throws with 2:44 remaining gave Covenant a 45-44 lead. Moore would later hit 1-of-2 at the line with 1.7 seconds left and a desperation heave from Brevard was short as time expired.

Koby and Moore each had 11 points for Covenant, while Koby grabbed nine rebounds and Moore added eight rebounds and three assists. Kirsch finished with 10 points and five rebounds. Monday added six points and eight rebounds.

Covenant made only 11 field goals in the contest (11-of-52, 21.2 percent), but cashed in at the free throw line connecting on 75 percent (18-of-24). 

Brevard was led by Destiny Williams' nine points and 13 rebounds. Ty'She Washington and Taryn Ledford had eight points apiece. The visiting Tornados hit 27.1 percent (16-of-59) for the game with six 3-pointers.

It was the first time Covenant had come back from a double-digit deficit to win a game since pulling off the feat on Nov. 15, 2017 against Sewanee. 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE GAME

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Covenant travels to face Maryville on Wednesday. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.

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