Covenant Women Fall To Methodist 72-63

Friday, January 10, 2014

Jessie Blankenship posted a season-high 23 points and 16 rebounds, but the Covenant women's basketball team suffered a 72-63 loss at the hands of Methodist on Friday night inside Barnes Physical Education Center.

The USA South loss drops Covenant to 1-2 in league play and 4-7 overall. Methodist extends its winning streak to seven games as they move to 7-1 on the year and 3-0 in the USA South.

Covenant trailed for the majority of the contest before staging a comeback late in the second half. Down 59-52, the Scots scored eight unanswered points that was spearheaded by four points from Blankenship. Alexis Storteboom connected on a jumper with 3:20 left to give Covenant a 60-59 lead.

Methodist would have the final answer, however, as they score eight straight to takea 67-60 edge with 1:32 remaining.

Blankenship recorded her third consecutive double-double with her best performance of the year, thus far. The senior was 6-of-13 from the field but an impressive 11-of-15 from the free throw line in 38 minutes of action. Of her 16 rebounds, seven came on the offensive glass.

Aleigha Williams added 14 points and seven rebounds, while Storteboom tallied 10 points and six boards. Kiaira Cooper led all players with six assists. Covenant shot 36.4 percent (24-of-66) from the field and 15-of-22 from the charity stripe.

Jackie Lyles led Methodist with her double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Ayanna Pegues and Maya Banks also scored in double figures with 16 and 13 points, respectively. Chandler Christensen came off the bench to score 12 points in the win. Methodist connected on 46.4 percent (26-of-56) from the floor and 20-of-35 from the free throw line.

Neither team made a 3-pointer as they combined to go 0-for-12 from downtown.

Covenant came out of the gates hot as they took an 8-2 lead less than three minutes into the contest. Williams scored the first four points followed by two free throws from Blankenship and a layup from Morgan Woodward. Methodist would come back and take a 32-30 lead at the break.

Covenant will play its second straight USA South contest on Saturday when they host Greensboro. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.


PHOTOS: Freshmen Footballers Begin Next Level Of Competition

With the return of football to prep campuses across the State of Tennessee on Monday, one group of players are not only getting used to new schools, curriculum and the hazing that comes with being a freshman, they are also learning what it means to step up to that next level of competition. Once such program is at Ooltewah High School where 9th Grade coach Jon Massey is setting ... (click for more)

Mocs Senior Quarterback, Huesman, Named To CFPA 2015 FCS National Performer OF The Year Watch List

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior quarterback Jacob Huesman was named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) 2015 FCS National Performer of the Year Trophy Watch List. The list includes thirty-two returning performers from the Football Championship Subdivision.  The award winner will be announced January 13, 2016. Huesman has already garnered ... (click for more)

Assessor Of Property Bill Bennett Will Not Seek Re-Election

Bill Bennett, a longtime fixture in Hamilton County government, announced Monday that he plans to retire at the end of his current term as assessor of property. Mr. Bennett said, "After careful thought, prayer and encouragement from my family, I have made the decision to retire at the end of my current term and not place my name on the ballot for assessor of property in the 2016 ... (click for more)

Funeral Service For Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Scott Smith Is Tuesday

The funeral service for Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Scott Smith will be held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Fort Oglethorpe.   Petty Officer Smith is the last of the five servicemen, and the second in Chattanooga, to be buried after the attack on July 16.   Parking at the church is reserved for family and friends of the Smith family. The public ... (click for more)

What Is #NoogaStrong

I've seen some recent posts asking exactly what Chattanooga Strong means. This week I have seen enough that I believe I can give you a definition of this glorious word.   As a city everyone will not always get along or agree. Often we may ask ourselves what is wrong with these nuts. Often we run across the rude, crude and ugly. But when tragic happens, we all come together ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The ‘If’ In Purple Hearts

The Marine Times has reported that Purple Heart packages are being prepared for the service members who were killed or wounded after the attack on the Navy Operational Support Center in Chattanooga “if” … the FBI declares the shooter had ties to a terrorist organization. Thus far the FBI has labeled Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez as a “homegrown violent extremist,” which falls short ... (click for more)