The 2010-2011 Covenant Varsity Basketball season has come to a close. It was an outstanding year that included multiple milestones, both individual and team achievements for the Varsity teams. Both the Varsity Girls and Varsity Boys teams made the playoffs for the 4th consecutive season. The Varsity Boys beat Glenforest for the first time in Coach Peckham’s tenure at the school. The Varsity Girls beat Wardlaw and won a playoff game for the first time in school history.
The Varsity Boys won their first round playoff game vs Andrew Jackson Academy, 58-35. David Golden finished the game with 26 points and 8 rebounds. The Eagles advanced to the quarterfinal round against #2 ranked Laurens Academy. After holding a 12-11 advantage at the halftime break, the Crusaders came out on a 16-7 run in the 3rd quarter to take a 27-19 lead going into the 4th quarter. The Eagles battled hard, but came out on the losing end, 47-32.
The Eagles finished the season 18-10 overall. David Golden lead the Eagles in scoring and rebounding this year with 17.4 PPG and 7.8 RPG. David ended up scoring 1344 points in his career at Covenant, which makes him the all-time leading scorer in school history. David will get an opportunity to participate in a SCISA All-Star game on March 5th for his outstanding play this year. Emmanuel Bazemore averaged 14.5 PPG and Jonathan Peckham scored 11.9 PPG this season. Will Gasaway and Nico Legaspi were also big offensive contributors with 8.8 PPG and 4.1 PPG, respectively.
The Varsity Girls won their first round playoff game for the first time in school history. The VG beat Andrew Jackson Academy, 39-34, to advance to the quarterfinal round of the playoffs. Aliya Dumas had 8 points and 14 rebounds in the win for Covenant. Kate Jeffcoat scored 12 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. The Eagles then prepared to take on the #2 ranked Lowcountry Prep Fighting Marlins in the 2nd round. After taking a 8-4 lead at the end of the 1st quarter, the Eagles could not hold off a 19-4 run by the Marlins as Covenant saw themselves down 23-12 at halftime. The Eagles battled back in the 3rd quarter to cut the deficit to 34-29 going into the 4th quarter. However, the Eagles could not quite regain the lead and fell to the Lowcountry Prep by a score of 46-39.
It was an outstanding year for the Varsity Girls who finished a school record, 17-9 overall. Kate Jeffcoat lead the Eagles in scoring and rebounding with 18.1 PPG and 10.5 RPG. Kate ended up scoring 955 career points in only two seasons (JR. and SR. year). Kate will get an opporunity to play in a SCISA All-Star game on March 5th for her outstanding play this year. Marissa Brown and Isabella Gantt were huge scoring threats all season long with 7.5 PPG and 7.1 PPG, respectively. Aliya Dumas scored 5.5 PPG and 8.2 RPG. She also had 75 blocked shots this year for the Eagles! Berkeley Bishop averaged 5.2 PPG and lead the team in three-pointers.
It was definitely a fun and successful season for our Covenant Varsity basketball teams. Our senior basketball players will be greatly missed. Thank you David Golden, Will Gasaway, Nico Legaspi, Kate Jeffcoat, Berkeley Bishop, and Rebekah Bowen for your hard work, commitment, and leadership this season. GO EAGLES!!!