Posted: Monday, 11 February 2013 11:00PM

Askins gets 1000th point in Lady Warrior victory

Spokane, Mo. (For  -- The New Covenant Lady Warriors (15-9) defeated the Spokane Lady Owls (8-15), by a score of 65-53 on Monday night.  The Lady Warriors were led in scoring by freshman Holly Golden, who scored 27 points, and sophomore Casy Askins with 23.  Askins would hit her 1,000th career point early in the first quarter.


“Casey Askins tonight got her 1,000th point as a sophomore,” said New Covenant Academy head coach Jason Edgmond. “She’s missed some games, with injury and a death in the family, and to already be there that quickly, that’s really something.”
“I’m very blessed and just thankful for it,” said Askins. “God has just blessed me.”

Spokane jumped out to a 6-0 lead but the Lady Warriors didn’t divert from their game plan to get the ball inside. NCA responded with a 9-0 run of its own to take the lead in the first quarter.  Askins only needed four points to get to 1,000, and she did so on a free throw. 

Coach Edgmond took a time out to let Askins and her teammates celebrate the occasion. Spokane would continue to battle, tying the score 11-11 at the end of one quarter of play.

Sticking with its game plan, NCA would attack the bucket and draw the fouls.  They would take advantage of the absence of Spokane senior Tayler Murray, who was out due to a family emergency. 

“It really hurt not having her here,” said Spokane head coach Tom Colvin.  “We just needed to guard better and rebound better.  That’s tough without Tayler, who averages about eight rebounds a game.  We got out rebounded and then we just kept fouling.”

New Covenant would shoot 12 for 15 at the free throw line in the first-half.  The game remained tight in the second quarter, and the score at half would be 27-25 in favor of the Lady Warriors.

The Lady Warriors would start to pull away in the third quarter and would see their lead expand to 14 points.  Spokane refused to give up and would cut the lead to five, 45-40, at the end of the quarter.

“The first three minutes of the third quarter was the difference in the game,” said Colvin.  “They got away from us and we just couldn’t quite catch up.  We got back within five, but we were kind of out of gas.” 

The girls in black would continue to press and frustrate Spokane in the fourth quarter, taking advantage of the Owls’ turnovers.  New Covenant’s Askins and Golden would help lead their team to 79% shooting at the free throw line. 

“I’ve really been working on my free throws,” said Golden.  “I’m shooting free throws all the time in the gym.  Tonight was one of our best percentages on free throws.”

“They are a very good free throw shooting team; they shot 23 for 29, almost 80 perceny,” said Colvin.  “That was the difference in the game.  We’ve just got to get better defensively, be smarter with some of our passes.  In my mind, 53 points should win you a game, so we obviously lost the game on the defensive end.”

When Golden was asked about her 27 points, a career high, she was quick to give credit to her teammates.

“I thought we just did a really good job,” said Golden.  “Casey scored her 1,000th point, and I’m happy for her.  She did a good job getting it to me when I was open.”

“Tonight was one of our better performances,” said Edgmond.  “We did a good job of attacking the bucket and not turning the ball over.  We will need to play like this at districts if we hope to continue forward.”
New Covenant                  11           16           18           20           -65
Spokane                           11           14           15           13           -53
New Covenant Academy—Holly Golden-27, Casey Askins-23, Bailey Gardner-8, Emma Petree-5, Karlee Renkoski-2.
Spokane—Ryleigh Maples-17, Sadie Byrom-15, Kylie Wright-12, Sabrina Lator-7, Logan Schrieber-2.

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