Alexander's double-double lifts Lady Eagles
The Lady Eagles used a 6-0 burst to begin the fourth quarter and kept Alcovy at arms length down the stretch to earn a hard-fought 50-41 victory Friday.
Eastside led by as many as nine managed to close to within three at 39-36 in the opening minute of the
Eastside’s Paige Alexander proved to be too much inside, scoring 14 points while grabbing 10 rebounds.
With Alcovy missing its best post player Tiffany Moody, who missed the game due to illness, the Lady Eagles outrebounded the smaller Lady Tigers all night.
“Paige has been playing well for us all year and she’s getting better and better,” Eastside coach Jason Grooms said. “I want to challenge her to play good defense too. If she can bring it to the defensive end like she does on offense, she’d be a pretty good player. But she’s doing a lot of good things.”
The inside domination was especially prevalent in the free throw disparity. Eastside’s inside strength forced the Lady Tigers into foul trouble from the outset.
For the game, Eastside earned 33 trips to the foul line versus 16 for Alcovy.
The Lady Eagles outshot Alcovy from the stripe, 16-8 in the process.
“Free throws, I know are a weakness,” Grooms said. “We need to convert more free throws. I thought we had a size advantage tonight, but at the same time, they had a quickness advantage on us. I was pretty pleased for the most part at how we attacked the offensive glass. I was disappointed at times at how we attacked the defensive glass. But on the offensive glass we good a good job.”
Eastside led 28-21 at halftime and extended its lead through the third quarter. Alcovy’s Alex Tucker closed
including a 3-pointer and a nifty left-
Paige Alexander puts the move on Alex Tucker during the fourth quarter of Eastside's 5041 win over Alcovy. Alexander poured in 14 points while corralling 10 rebounds.