Ri­valry: Al­covy boys top East­side; Lady Ea­gles soar to vic­tory, 48-41

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it again in the third, hold­ing East­side to an­other six points, all com­ing from Ar­tis Clan­ton.

Jor­dan Butts opened the sec­ond half with a deep trey, fol­lowed by back-to-back bas­kets by Clan­ton. But Al­covy led 3720 en­ter­ing the fi­nal quar­ter.

“We know we can score,” said Butts, who fin­ished with six points, along with his brother, Ju­lian. “If we spread the ball around like we did tonight, ev­ery­body on our team can score.”

To their credit, the Ea­gles did not back down, scor­ing 19 points — one more than they had net­ted af­ter three quar­ters of ac­tion — in the fourth frame.

Clan­ton had a team-high 13 points. Cameron Robin­son added eight, while An­drico Bai­ley fol­lowed with six points.

“The rest of the sea­son de­pends on whether th­ese guys feel like they (have) some­thing worth fight­ing for,” said Ger­ald. “It’s my job to con­tinue to work them hard, and to work on those things they’re de­fi­cient in.”

Mean­while, the Lady Ea­gles (9-15, 2-8) took ad­van­tage of a 10-2 run in the first quar­ter, pow­ered by fast breaks which led to tran­si­tion bas­kets.

“It was a good win and we needed it,” said East­side coach Ja­son Grooms. “Any­time you come on the road and win is good. I’m proud of them for keep­ing their com­po­sure there in the end. They made enough plays to get it done.”

East­side forced Al­covy (1-16, 1-9) to put up enough bricks to build a house in the first half, shoot­ing 24 per­cent (6-of-25) from the field.

“I re­ally think if we would have played the first quar­ter it would have been closer and we would’ve won,” said Al­covy coach Suzanne Smith.

Lead­ing 24-16 en­ter­ing half-

t’s great for the com­mu­nity and brings a good at­mos­phere. We’re start­ing to be­come a ri­valry now be­cause we’re win­ning against both schools, so it’s just go­ing to get even big­ger as we get more com­pet­i­tive.”

— Eu­gene Brown Boys Bas­ket­ball Coach, Al­covy High School

time, the Lady Ea­gles were still able to hold on for the win de­spite shoot­ing 26 per­cent over­all from the free-throw line (6-of-23).

“When you miss that many free throws you can kind of get a glimpse of how good we could be,” said Grooms.

Trail­ing 37-26 af­ter three quar­ters, Al­covy man­aged to cut the deficit to four in the fourth by go­ing on a late 17-4 run. How­ever, the come­back was negated, as East­side held on for the win, its first against the Lady Tigers this sea­son.

“It’s one of the first close games we’ve pulled off,” noted Grooms. “We’ve lost (sev­eral) games by about five points or less, and that shows signs of a young team not able to make enough plays at the end. But tonight I thought we did.”

Ash­ley Burtts led East­side with 13 points. Raven Wil­liams added 11, while Ash­ley Crew and An­to­nia Mullins had six poins apiece.

Al­covy’s Tif­fany Moody scored a game-high 17 points. Lisa Kos­sally added 10, while Alex Tucker had eight points.

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