Lady Tigers pull away late for first win

The Covington News - - Sports - Josh Briggs Sports Edi­tor

Af­ter a frus­trat­ing loss in their open­ing game Satur­day at East­side, Al­covy's girls bas­ket­ball team re­bounded with 60-47 win over ri­val Newton Tues­day.

Al­covy let a 3-point lead with less than a minute slip away on the road against the Lady Ea­gles but turned the ta­bles on Newton af­ter outscor­ing the Lady Rams 22-8 in the fourth quar­ter.

"We ac­tu­ally had a very good fourth quar­ter in our last game and we just kept tak­ing it to them (Newton) with a don't-quit at­ti­tude that our kids are ac­cus­tomed to play­ing with and we were able to pull it out," Al­covy coach Ki­dada Holtz­claw said.

Al­covy's Megan Tucker led all scor­ers with 19 points. Kate Palo scored 13 and was big in the fourth quar­ter. She scored seven dur­ing the fi­nal pe­riod in­clud­ing five straight to cap a 9-0 run with the game tied at 45. Palo's 3-pointer put Al­covy up 54-45 with 2:28 left to play and the Lady Tigers never looked back.

"One of the things we talked about do­ing was at­tack­ing the bas­ket and that's what we were try­ing to do," Holtz­claw said. "We weren't fin­ish­ing a lot of our shots in the first half but we did a bet­ter job of mov­ing the ball around and not tak­ing a shot on the first or sec­ond pass in the sec­ond half. We were just try­ing to make them guard us more and we were able to break them down off the drib­ble."

Things didn't look to good for Al­covy early on. Newton led 11-7 at the end of the first quar­ter and had a 22-15 lead mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter be­fore Al­covy closed the half on a 9-4 run.

The two teams went back and forth through­out the third quar­ter but Al­covy man­aged to outscore Newton 14-13 to close the gap to one head­ing into the fi­nal pe­riod.

Al­covy took a 3-point lead early in the fourth be­fore Danyel Four­ney scored in­side and con­verted the 3-point play af­ter get­ting fouled. Af­ter two straight Al­covy buck­ets, Palo made a layup off a steal be­fore bomb­ing a three from the left side to ex­tend Al­covy's lead to nine. Al­covy fin­ished the game on a 13-3 run.

Four­ney led the way for Newton with 15 points while Pre­cious Price also scored in dou­ble fig­ures with 10. Ashley Wil­liams had a dou­ble-dou­ble for Al­covy, fin­ish­ing with 10 points and 11 re­bounds.

"Ashley is our beast in­side," Holtz­claw said. "We rely on her a lot to take care of post play­ers on the of­fen­sive and de­fen­sive end. When the ball goes up, we know she's go­ing to be in­volved in the re­bound in some way."

Now in her sec­ond year, Holtz­claw was quick to down­play her first win over Newton. She was pleased none the less.

"It's good but it's not some­thing we fo­cus heav- ily on," Holtz­claw said. "Beat­ing the county teams aren't go­ing to get us to the state cham­pi­onship. But it's nice to beat the neigh­bors and with this be­ing my first win over Newton, it feels very good."

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Quick step: Kate Palo takes it strong to the bas­ket in the fourth quar­ter dur­ing Al­covy's 60-47 win over Newton Tues­day.

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The stare: Al­covy's DeVon Ed­wards looks for team­mates dur­ing the Tigers' 46-40 loss at home Tues­day.

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