No. 1 Covenant Christian ousts Lynn from regional
by Johnathan Bentley
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Lynn's Reagan Tittle tries to get around a Covenant Christian player during their regional game in Hanceville on Tuesday. Photo by Jeff Johnsey
Lynn's Reagan Tittle tries to get around a Covenant Christian player during their regional game in Hanceville on Tuesday. Photo by Jeff Johnsey
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HANCEVILLE — Lynn’s offense never got going Tuesday night.

Covenant Christian’s Claire Noblit didn’t have that problem.

The defending Class 1A Player of the Year poured in 27 points as the top-ranked Eagles took control early and eliminated Lynn from the Northwest Regional Tournament, 51-35.

The Bears had just 11 points in the first quarter and were never able to make a run at the top-ranked Eagles.

“(Noblit) is a really good player,” Lynn coach Adam Gray said. “I thought we did a really good job guarding her. She just make some really tough shots.”

Covenant Christian (29-1) never trailed. The Eagles jumped out to a 5-0 lead early.

Lynn (26-3) had plenty of open shots, but couldn’t get them to go down. The loss snapped a 16-game winning streak for the Bears. Covenant Christian has now won 17 straight games.  

The Eagles were up 12-6 after the opening quarter and they pushed their lead to 23-11 at the half. Lynn made just five shots in the first half.

Lynn’s Reagan Tittle had 10 of the Bears’ 12 points in the third quarter as Covenant Christian took a 35-23 lead into the final quarter.

The loss overshadowed a strong game from the senior point guard. Tittle had 23 points, seven rebounds and two assists.

Brooke Harris had six points while Emma Easley, Abbey Terry and Holly Murray each had two points.

The game was the final high school contest for five Lynn seniors: Tittle, Easley, Harris, Terry and Jessica Hulsey.

“I’m proud of what these seniors accomplished. They have nothing to be ashamed of. Over the last four years, I think we are 115-9. They’ve done some great things,” Gray said.  

“Reagan has been started the last five years at point guard. She’s been here through all of it. Not many can say that.”