Missoula Hellgate’s Alex Covill Wins Missoulian/Republic Services Honor | women’s basketball

Alex Covill has been a big presence for the Missoula Hellgate women’s basketball team.

The 6-foot-6 junior center brings rare height to the Montana high school scene, towering low for a Knights team that finished second in State AA. She earned all-state honors even buying into the non-star team system, and her play throughout the season led to her being the Missoulian Women’s Basketball Player of the Year. / Republic Services.

“She’s so coachable, so eager to fit into the system,” said Rob Henthorn, who coached her for the past three seasons at Hellgate. “She walked into an awesome band to play with. They had a lot of leadership and motivation. I think having Alex made everyone better.

Covill repeated as an All-State First-Team player and made the AA State All-Tournament Team as Hellgate finished second in the state for the second straight season. She was an all-conference second-team player as a rookie when the Knights lost in the state semifinals.

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Covill was also Western AA Defensive Player of the Year this winter as a rim protector and rebounder with the ability to alter shots. She led Class AA with three blocks per game and ranked 24th with five rebounds per game for 16 regular season games.

“She was the best shot blocker, and that’s what I would say stands out,” Henthorn said. “She was playing with a goal. It took a lot of time and effort. I think she will continue to work hard and become a great basketball player at the next level. She’s a real team player.

Covill excelled on offense even against double teams. During the regular season, she led the state in points per field goal attempt (1.79) and field goal percentage (.729).

Becoming more aggressive and assertive, Covill ranked second in goals scored per game (5.37) and fifth in points per game (13.2). She also knocked down her free throws, ranking 11th in free throw percentage (70.9) and 14th in free throws made per game (2.44).

“She’s shown growth and maturity,” Henthorn said. “I think she has a better understanding of the game, the physique, the conditioning, what’s going to turn a good player into a great player, learning how to post and how to be great. She was taking what we worked on at training and applying it to the game.”

Covill said it has spoken to or received offers from Pac-12, Big Ten and Mountain West teams. She is the daughter of Nathan Covill, who played for the Montana Grizzlies basketball team, and Angella (Bieber) Covill, who played for the Montana Lady Griz basketball team.

She plays club basketball for the Spokane-based Northwest Blazers.

“She really enjoyed the offseason,” Henthorn said. “We would always say it makes a difference because you get really good at basketball during that. I think the most important thing is his work ethic and willingness to prepare outside of practice. I think she also has competitive genes. It helps to have a mom and dad who played along.”

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