Partnering with Security Federal, the Warren County Sports Authority will honor a standout local athlete each week. The WCSA and the Friendliest Bank in Town love seeing great athletic achievement and there are plenty to pick from every week in Warren County. From winter to summer, spring to fall, and on courts, fields, diamonds, dance floors and anywhere else an athlete can succeed, Security Federal and the Sports Authority are going to be on the lookout for the best of the best!
Covenant senior Noah Mason
It's hard to think of a better ending of a career than Noah Mason had in his final game as a Covenant Lion. Mason, who will graduate as the all-time leading scorer in school history, lifted the Lions to a TNCAA championship in his final game by hitting a buzzer beater against Madison Academy on March 1.
“I have dreamed of hitting the game winner while working in my driveway since I was a kid. Now that it actually happened, it’s overwhelming,” said Mason, who has been Captain Clutch all season for Covenant, leading the program to back-to-back TNCAA titles. “I couldn’t have asked for a better team this share the experience with.”
Mason had already hit two free throws with :32 left in OT that drew the Lions within one, 64-63. He almost missed his chance for glory when he threw a pass away with 7.4 seconds to go, but he came right back with a steal off the Lions’ full-court press to set up the final possession.
Coach Johnny Smith decided to use a timeout and there was no need to grab the clipboard. The play was simple – get the ball to the best scorer the Lions have ever had in uniform.
“I think the whole gym knew where the ball was going. I would have been comfortable with any man on the court taking the shot, but in the end, Noah wanted the ball and he finished,” said Smith, who took over the team midway through the season and led an incredible turnaround down the stretch.
Mason already had his mind made up before the ball even came into play. With his coach hyping him up, Mason was going left and going up strong. There was no thought of a miss – just if he was going to his a game-winning shot or game-winning free throws.
“Coach pulled me to the side and said, ‘This is what you’ve always dreamed of – this is your time.’ I knew if I drove in for a tough finish, I would make the layup or get a foul and knock down the free throws,” said Mason.
Mason's game-winning shot, a lefty leaner where he hung in the air and was able to finish over two defenders just before the buzzer, will forever make him a legend at Covenant.