Alexan­der's dou­ble-dou­ble lifts Lady Ea­gles

The Covington News - - Sports - By Josh Briggs

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-

Strong in­side:

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.

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