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COVINGTON- Miami East wanted to "cool" off the Covington Lady Buccs in a non-league girls basketball game on Saturday night.

What a better way to do that than rely upon Mandy Kulyn.

The junior guard scored 16 points, and dished out four assists, while Tara Miller added nine and Danielle Denlinger had seven points for the victors.

Miami East, which came in rated the #2 Division 3 school on the Dabbelt Report Poll, while Covington was #2 in Division 4.

"Our defense worked hard, and it really fed our offense tonight," said Miami East coach Chad Widener. "The girls needed to gain some momentum, and they did that tonight."

Covington came out firing in the first quarter, jumping out quickly 5-0 as Heather Fields scored on a layup and Michelle Meyer, who led Covington with 14 points, bombed in a three-pointer.

Just as quick as Covington built the lead, the Lady Vikings reeled off eight straight points, including the final four from Kulyn, to take a 8-4 lead.

The two teams battled, with the Lady Buccs increasing their lead to five points late in the first quarter before Miami East scored the final four of the period, trailing 14-13 after one quarter.

Covington took a 21-18 lead at halftime, and increased that to five early in the third quarter, before Miami East came back.

Katrina Kirk hit a layup and two insuing free throws, tying the game at 23, but again, Covington scored four quick points.

The Lady Vikings outscored the Buccs 6-3 over the final 2:42 of the third quarter to take a 30-29 lead into the final quarter. Stephanie Peterson buried a three to end the quarter, and had another big one early in the fourth quarter, all part of a 9-0 Miami East run.

"Covington collapsed on our post players, becasue they were worried about Denlinger, and then Peterson hit those big threes," Widener said.

Leading by eight, Miami East watched Meyer bring the Lady Buccs back. The sophomore sensation connected on two huge three-pointers to close their deficit to 38-36 with 1:43 left.

"Covington didn't quit, that is for sure," Widener said. "Meyer is such a good shooter, and a great ballplayer."

Trailing by four with 18.4 seconds left, MaryBeth Bayman hit a long 30-foot three-pointer to make it 42-41, but again, it was Kulyn stepping to the free throw line, with ice in her veins.

She calmly sunk both free throws, and the Lady Vikings escaped with the win.

"I cannot say enough about what Mandy did tonight," Widener said. "She stepped up and hit two big shots in the final seconds."

"Mandy drove to the basket well for us tonight," Denlinger said after the game. "She came up big."

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