In a rematch between two District 6-5A rivals, No. 13 Covington defeated 20th-seeded Fontainebleau 52-37 in Class 5A bidistrict playoff action Thursday night.
Arteria McDowell led the Lions with 16 points and Metta Lombard added 14 points.
Fontainebleau was led by Jaclyn Scholvin with 18 points. Her sister Jenna Scholvin had seven points.
Covington (22-6) advances to take on the winner of No. 4 Destrehan and No. 29 East St. John in the regional round.
“If we play how we are capable of playing, then we are going to have a very good chance to win a lot of games and get on a playoff run,” Lombard said. “This team is very talented. The key is we must play to our potential.”
Never trailing, Covington’s lead only got as low as 27-22 early in the third quarter. Fontainebleau cut the lead to 31-25 with 3:13 to go in the third on a 3-pointer by Angelle Darby, but Covington answered with a 7-2 run to end the quarter with a 37-27 advantage.
“We knew we had to take care of the ball no matter what the tempo of the game was going to be,” Lombard said. “The reason is we know (the Bulldogs) are a hungry team, and our coaching staff always tells us that hungry teams are the dangerous teams.
“Saying that, we are happy with the win no matter how it happened. In the playoffs it is not how you play. It only matters if you can come away with the win.”
Fontainebleau’s lead balloon to as much as 48-32 with less than two minutes left.
Holding Fontainebleau scoreless for nearly the first five minutes, Covington led 10-6 at the end of the first quarter on a 3-pointer by Taylor Singletary.
The Lions lead their extended to 21-7 midway through the second quarter thanks to an 8-0 run.
Fontainebleau (21-10) got as close as 23-16 at halftime after scoring the final seven points of the first half.
The game also marked the end of the career of Bulldogs guard Jaclyn Scholvin. Set to continue her basketball career at Southeastern Louisiana, Scholvin finished her career with over 2,000 points.