BKB: Conroe Covenant Christian Wins Two over Conroe Calvary Baptist

CONROE, TEXAS (November 6, 2018) — In front of an early-season packed house, the Conroe Covenant Christian Cougars – both boys and girls – netted tough, physical victories over city private and parochial school neighbor Conroe Calvary Baptist here Tuesday night.

Despite allowing Calvary Baptist’s Holland Guisler to put up 20 points, the girls’ team spread their scoring among five players and took three out of four quarters to come away with a 38-27 win.

Brooklyn Matthews led the Lady Cougars with 11 points while Madison Smith and Mady Kumpula added eight points apiece.

In the nightcap, the Cougars allowed the Eagles three ties — at 3-all, 5-all and 25-all, but otherwise rode the back — and the shooting – of Josh Martin and his game-high 40 points to give the boys a 69-59 win over Calvary Baptist.

Chandler Stevenson and David Lewis chipped in another 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the Cougars while Calvary Baptist was led by Jordan Lyon‘s 15.

It was the first contest of the season for both of the girls’ programs as Conroe Covenant made it to the area round in the state volleyball playoffs while Calvary Baptist advanced to last weekend’s regional round.

Conroe Covenant’s boys, ninth-ranked in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches preseason 2A private and parochial school state rankings, improved to 2-0 while Calvary Baptist fell to 1-2.

The two teams had met last Friday with the Cougars winning that contest by a near similar margin of eight, 58-50.

Calvary Baptist’s girls opened with a 9-8 first quarter advantage that was fueled by seven points from Guisler; however, the second stanza was all Lady Cougars.

Two jumpers from Kumpula, one each from Matthews and Alexus Edwards and a pair of free throws from Smith and Conroe Covenant used an 10-2 run to go up 18-11 at halftime.

Guisler and Matthews seemingly battled each other as the Eagle added all seven of her team’s points in the third quarter while Covenant got five of its nine from Matthews.

Calvary Baptist cut Covenant’s lead to as few as four, 28-24, early in the fourth period as Guisler hit a pair of buckets – one off of a well-time pass from Kristin Ogden – and a pair of free throws by Grace Beckmeyer.

But Beckmeyer would draw her fifth foul and Edwards would add a pair of baskets down the stretch to help Covenant seal the 11-point win for the Cougars.

CALVARY BAPTIST — Grace Beckmeyer 1 2-4 4, Holland Guisler 8 3-8 20, Ashley Edwards 0 0-0 0, Katherine Riggins 0 0-0 0, Hannah Riggens 0 0-0 0, Kristin Ogden 1 1-6 3, Abigail Edwards 0 0-0 0, Emily Stark 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 10 6-18 27.

COVENANT CHRISTIAN — Alice Hithery 2 1-4 5, Madison Smith 3 2-3 8, Mady Kumpula 2 4-5 8, Brooklyn Matthews 5 1-3 11, Jabe Edwards 0 0-0 0, Ohara Texidor 0 0-0 0, Alexus Edwards 3 0-2 6, Courtlyn Dudley 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 15 8-17 38.

CALVARY BAPTIST — 9 – 2 – 7 – 9 — 27
COVENANT CHRISTIAN — 8 – 10 – 9 – 11 — 38

TOTAL FOULS — Calvary Baptist 17, Covenant Christian 18. FOULED OUT — Grace Beckmeyer (Calvary Baptist). THREE-POINT FIELD GOALS — Calvary Baptist 1 (Guisler).

Martin got things started for the boys before the first second expired off the game clock as he hit two free throws after a technical foul was assessed on Calvary Baptist’s Justin Lyon for hanging on the rim during warmups.

Jordan Lyon would hit a three and Cameron Beckmeyer would follow with a bucket to produce two of the Eagles’ three ties on the night at 3-all and 5-all, respectively.

But Martin ‘s first nine points of his 13 in the first quarter paced Covenant to a 17-9 advantage before Calvary Baptist cut the advantage to three (19-16) after a Baron Solis three-pointer and a pair of buckets off Preston Heuermann passes in transition to Solis and Mason Lott.

Chandler Stevenson and Martin would both add a bucket before the first quarter ended with Covenant in front, 23-16.

After a quick Martin bucket to start the second quarter, Calvary Baptist went on a 9-0 run – keyed by a Heuermann three and a pair of buckets from Lyon – to tie the contest at 25-all.

Martin, though, would go 6-for-6 from the free throw line plus a Lewis to Stevenson exchange for a basket to close the first half scoring put Covenant up 33-28.

The two teams would tussle throughout most of the third quarter with Calvary Baptist unable to cut into the five-point deficit.

Martin and Lewis had their hands in all of – including a pair of assists from Martin to Stevenson and Nathan Evans – Covenant’s 14 points that put the Cougars up 47-39 late in the third quarter.

Calvary Baptist’s Justin Lyon and John Polkinghorn had the hot hands for the Eagles combining for nine of the Eagles’ 11 points.

Martin, though, would connect for and Stevenson a pair of buckets late in the quarter to give Covenant a 53-41 third quarter lead.

And even though Calvary Baptist’s most productive quarter came in the fourth with 18 points, it wasn’t enough to close the gap on what proved to be a 10-point, 69-59 win for Covenant Christian.

CALVARY BAPTIST – Preston Heuermann 3 1-2 8, Mason Lott 1 1-2 3, Jordan Lyon 7 0-1 15, Joseph Daigle 2 3-4 7, John Pilkinghorn 3 1-3 7, Jackson Turner 2 2-5 6, Baron Solis 2 0-2 5, Kaden Levang 1 0-1 3, Justin Lyon 2 0-0 4, Cameron Beckmeyer 1 0-0 2. TOTALS 24 8-20 59.

COVENANT CHRISTIAN – David Lewis 5 1-2 12, Chandler Stevenson 6 1-3 13, Randy Izguirre 0 0-0 0, Nathan Evans 2 0-0 4, Brady Westmoreland 0 0-2 0, Jackson Westmoreland 0 0-0 0, Caleb Dieckhoff 0 0-1 0, Collin West 0 0-0 0, Josh Martin 14 12-15 40, JP Pruett 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 27 14-23 69.

CALVARY BAPTIST — 16 – 12 – 13 – 18 — 59
COVENANT CHRISTIAN — 23 – 10 – 20 – 16 — 69

TOTAL FOULS — Calvary Baptist 16, Covenant Christian 17. FOULED OUT – David Evans (Covenant), Chandler Stevenson (Covenant). THREE-POINT FIELD GOALS — Calvary Baptist 3 (Heuermann, Jordan Lyon, Solis), Covenant Christian 1 (Lewis).

By Jon Walk