Alexis Storteboom scored a career-high 20 points and the Covenant women's basketball team led the entire game as they defeated Huntingdon 70-67 on Wednesday night inside Barnes Physical Education Center.
Covenant wins its second straight and moves to 7-16 overall and 3-11 in the USA South. Although the Scots have already been eliminated from qualifying for the conference tournament, they played the role of spoiler as the victory pushed Huntingdon into one game out of the final tournament spot in the South Division. Huntingdon drops to 15-8 overall and 7-7 in league play.
Storteboom was 6-of-11 from the filed and 8-of-10 from the free throw line for her 20-point effort. The junior also collected eight rebounds. Jessie Blankenship tallied 12 points and nine rebounds, while Morgan Woodward also had a dozen points and four assists.
Early on, Covenant dictated the tempo of the contest. The Scots ran a variety of defenses at the Hawks and for the visitors into 29 turnovers on the night. Covenant turned those giveaways into 17 points.
Storteboom scored six of the first eight points for Covenant as the Scots grabbed an 8-1 lead over three minutes in. Covenant extended its lead to 12 points later in the half on a Blankenship layup that made it 31-19 with 3:58 remaining in the period. Heading into intermission, Covenant held a 37-29 edge.
After a brief Huntingdon run to start the second half, Covenant surged ahead by double digits once again when Haley Soles drained a 3-pointer at the 15 minute mark to give the Scots a 45-35 lead.
Huntingdon made one last push with under a minute to play. The Hawks cut the score to 68-66 after two free throws from Pat Pickens with eight seconds left. Blankenship converted one of two free throws on Covenant's next possession leaving the door open for the Hawks. But the Covenant defense came through one more time as they forced an errant pass from Huntingdon's Mackenzie Garmany for a turnover and Soles made a free throw with three seconds left to make it 70-66.
Pickens, Huntingdon's leading scorer, was held to 12 points and six rebounds. Raven Prater led all scorers with 27 points, while Jello Weatherspoon added 13.
Covenant will have a quick turnaround as they face Piedmont on Thursday in Demorest, Ga. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. Senior Day will take place on Saturday at Barnes Physical Education Center with the women playing LaGrange at 2 p.m.