Cooper Jumper Leads Lady Scots To 77-75 Win

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Kiaira Cooper's runner with just two seconds remaining lifted the visiting Covenant Lady Scots to a 77-75 win over Millsaps on Tuesday night. The win for Covenant keeps its record perfect at 3-0 for the season, while the Majors drop to 0-3.

Cooper's shot came just a few seconds after Millsaps had tied the score at 75 apiece with a Miah Brooks layup. After a Millsaps timeout, Brooks turned the ball over and the Lady Scots kept their unblemished record.

"The team did an awesome job of keeping their heads up and playing through the pressure," said head coach Tami Smialek.

Covenant received another double-double from forward Jessie Blankenship. The junior registered 25 points and 12 rebounds on 9-of-15 shooting to go along with three assists. This marks the third straight game Blankenship has tallied a double-double.

Cooper posted a season-high 18 points, none bigger than the final two.

"Kiaira played tough tonight and played like a leader," added Smialek.

Covenant trailed 69-64 with 5:17 left, but came back to tie the score at 69-69 after a Ruth Gibson 3-pointer and a Blankenship layup. Both teams traded baskets in the final minutes of the game before Cooper put the Lady Scots up 75-73 with a pair of free-throws with 18 seconds remaining.

Haley Soles totaled 11 points, including three 3-pointers, while Gibson added 10 points. Morgan Woodward dished out a team-high five assists.

Millsaps was led by Victoria Morgan's 15 points with Makayla Roberson adding 11 points and Brooks just missing out on a double-double of her own with nine points and eight rebounds.

The Majors took their largest lead of the game at 18-7 less than seven minutes into the contest. Covenant fought back with a 10-0 scoring run capped by Alexis Storteboom's layup at the 9:15 mark of the first half. The Lady Scots would grab a 41-38 lead at halftime on a Blankenship offensive rebound and putback just before the buzzer sounded.

Millsaps again gained control of the game in the second half as they led by six points twice. But the Lady Scots would not go away as they responded from a 67-61 deficit late in the second half.

Covenant shot 42.2 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Majors 43-32 to account for 15 second-chance points. The Lady Scots excelled at the free-throw line making 17-of-22 attempts on the night. Millsaps shot 38.9 percent for the game and 33.3 percent behind the 3-point line.

Covenant will break for Thanksgiving before returning to action next Tuesday night against Berry College at Mount Berry, Ga. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.

PHOTOS: Morning, Day Two, State Volleyball Tournament

Chattanooga Sports Ministries Host 4th Annual Neighborhood Cup Nov. 18-19

Chattanooga Sports Ministries is hosting the Fourth Annual Neighborhood Cup Soccer Tournament on Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19.   Teams of boys and girls ages eight to 14 residing in neighborhoods spanning from Highland Park to Hixson will compete between 6-9 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday. All of the games will be held at Highland Park Commons, ... (click for more)

Top 12 Most Wanted Fugitive Corey Ripple Apprehended Wednesday Night

Robert Corey Ripple was apprehended on Wednesday evening by Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and a Deputy U.S. Marshal. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office was advised by the United States Marshall’s Office at approximately 10:30 p.m. Wednesday that Ripple was seen turning in to an address on Dolly Pond Road. The agencies immediately formed an arrest team and went ... (click for more)

Firefighters Respond To Commercial Fire In Alton Park

The Chattanooga Fire Department on Thursday responded to a fire at Metalcasting Minerals Technologies at 3406 Alton Park Blvd. with five fire companies. Battalion Chief Ashley May said a hopper was full of combustible materials and a small area was on fire. Firefighters opened the hopper's hatch and applied large amounts of water and foam to the burning coal dust-type material. ... (click for more)

Literacy Is Critical

Government spending is often portrayed as a freight train "quickly running out of track." And there is some truth to that statement. There is not an endless supply of money to fund every good idea that comes along, and we must acknowledge that problem. Fiscal responsibility is a must.  That is why spending on priority issues like public education is important. You can spend ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Little History Lesson

We are told that, as of today, San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick holds the dual distinction of being “the most hated man in the NFL” and the wearer of “this year’s No. 1 Most-Purchased NFL jersey.” We also know that early voting just opened in “The Election of the Lesser of Two Evils” and, in Nashville, our educators are struggling with what parts of actual history should ... (click for more)