Bas­ket­ball teams back in ac­tion

Lay Tigers rip Wood­land 64-42 in bat­tle for first place

The Covington News - - Front page -

Josh Briggs

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.

An­thony Banks/The News

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.

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