Basketball teams back in action
Lay Tigers rip Woodland 64-42 in battle for first place
Alcovy returned to region basketball action with mixed results Tuesday.
In what was supposed to be a battle for first place, Alcovy’s girls turned a close game after one quarter into a laugher. The Lady Tigers hit four threes in a 20-9 second quarter and Alcovy cruised to a 64-42 win over Woodland, Henry to take control of the region.
The boys on the other hand had a night to forget. The Tigers scored four points in each of the first three quarters en route to a 57-35 loss. Girls Alcovy 64, Woodland 42
Alcovy’s win moved them into sole possession of first place. The Lady Tigers (112, 3-0 Region 3A-AAAA) are the lone team without a region loss.
“We talked about what we want to accomplish every single game,” Alcovy coach Kidada Holtzclaw said. “We knew it was going to be a battle. Even though the final score was a little lopsided, it was a battle. We battled inside. There was a lot of pushing and a lot of other things going on out there and we were able to keep our composure and get the win.”
Ashley Williams was one of three players in double figures. Williams scored a game-high 15 points. Kate Palo scored 14 including two threes and Megan Tucker finished with 12. Tucker also had a three.
“We did a pretty good job of moving the ball around again and working the ball inside and out,” Holtzclaw said. “We shot the ball pretty well in the second and third quarter and did a much better job finishing layups and I think that opened things up for us on the perimeter.”
Kaci Palo matched her sister's deft touch from outside with two threes as well. She finished with eight. The Lady Tigers hit six threes for the game.
“We did a good job focusing on the outside shot,” Holtzclaw said. “The girls lined them up and knocked them down.”
Alcovy looked a bit tight in the opening quarter and Woodland took the early 10-8 lead. But the second quarter was a different story. Led by the Palo sisters, the Lady Tigers drained four threes and outscored the Wolfpack by 11. Lakeiyah Sorrells capped the quarter with a three as time expired and Alcovy led 28-19 heading into halftime.
The Lady Tigers never let up in the second half. Kate Palo scored nine points in the third quarter alone and the Lady Tigers extended their lead to 47-29 heading into the fourth.
Woodland had no answer for Alcovy’s attack. Led by Lisa Kossally's quick hands on defense, Alcovy turned Woodland turnovers into points. The Lady Tigers outscored the Wolfpack 1713 in the fourth quarter.
“Just playing with each other during the summer and in fall leagues has helped us. I think that’s been a major difference,’’ Holtzclaw said. "We only have one senior. But these girls are out here playing like seasoned veterans." Boys: Woodland 57, Alcovy 35
In the boys’ game, neither team could find the basket in the early going. Alcovy scored four points yet led 4-3 at the end of the first quarter.
Woodland’s Omar Dover caught fire in the second quarter with three from downtown and Woodland found some offensive rhythm. The Tigers however found nothing. Woodland led 16-8 at the half.
Things got worse for the Tigers in the third period. While Woodland continued to heat up — scoring 21 points, the Tigers remained ice-cold. Alcovy's 16 points over three quarters was an all-time team low.
By the time Alcovy managed to find some offense, the game was well out of hand. The Tigers outscored Woodland 23-20 in the fourth quarter but the Wolfpack still won by 20.
Ironically Alcovy’s Deonte Butler led all scorers. He scored 11 points — all in the fourth quarter. Devon Edwards struggled as did virtually every Tiger. Edwards scored six points as did newcomer Ricky Smith. Michael Tucker was Alcovy’s second leading scorer with eight.
Dover’s 3-point outburst in the second quarter accounted for his only points of the game. He finished with nine as did Keonte King for Woodland.
Rolling into first: Kate Palo and the Lady Tigers jumped all over Woodland to the tune of a 64-42 win Tuesday. The win propelled Alcovy into sole possesion of first place.