NEW MARKET -- Southmont played one of their best games Friday as they hosted Class A No. 1 Covington. The Mounties put the visitors on edge by jumping out to a 13-9 first quarter lead. However, Covington showed why they receive statewide recognition, pulling away for the 60-39 victory.

Southmont shot 50 percent in the first quarter, on 5-of-10 shooting, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Jarrett Todd stepped into the starting line-up, in place of the injured Heath Whalen, and made an immediate impact. Todd hit his first two 3's to lead the team in the first.

Covington was limited to 29 percent from the field in the quarter, including 1-9 from long range. Their leading scorer, Chandler Spring, got in early foul trouble and only played 3:30 of the first half. Jordan Ahrens, their second leading scorer, was out with a sore knee.

"I'm real proud of the guys tonight," said Coach Jon Sparks. "Before the game, we put up some very specific things that we wanted to do, and I thought we accomplished those. We wanted to keep them out of the paint, they shot 28 3's. We wanted to limit our turnovers, and we did a good job of that, especially in the first quarter (3), and we rebounded well."

Covington found their range in the second quarter. They started on a 10-0 run over the first 3:15 of the quarter, before a Todd three ended the run.

Kaleb Swick picked up his third foul at the 5:30 mark, but South was able to keep it close, thanks to their great team play. Covington outscored the Mounties 16-12 over that period, for the 33-25 halftime lead.

The Trojans outscored the Mounties 21-11 in the third, to open up an 18-point lead heading to the fourth. The Mounties hurt themselves in the quarter committing 7 of their 19 turnovers.

The fourth quarter saw Covington switch to their four-corner offense to run time off the clock. The Trojans won the quarter 6-3, for the 60-39 final.

"Covington is a great, great team that didn't play well tonight," said Sparks. "I thought we had something to do with that. It helped that Spring was in foul trouble, Ahrens didn't play, and Bryce Cooper didn't kill it. It was their 4, 5, and 6 guys that scored a lot of their points, and that's what we wanted to do."

Southmont was led by Todd's 15. Swick finished with 8 points and 9 boards. Nathan Truncone and Cam Chad each had 5. Chadd also dished out three assists.

"Jarrett got some more minutes and shots. The guys did a good job of finding him," commented Sparks. "We did a good job of ball rotation, and we handled their press well. We had a lot of other guys that set him up with good looks."

Covington had three in double figures, led by Halen Noble and Travis Coleman with 15. Bryce Cooper finished with 15 points and 6 boards.

Southmont will battle Montgomery County and Sagamore Athletic Conference rival Crawfordsville this evening at CHS. Game time will be approximately 8 p.m.

"We set a good tone tonight by playing with passion and no fear," said Sparks. "I'm hoping that's the kind of thing that carries over to tomorrow. If we can carry this over, it will be a fun ball game, and we may have a chance to win on the road."