Al­covy sweeps East­side

Al­covy girls let play do the talk­ing in 70-58 win over East­side

The Covington News - - Front Page - Josh Briggs Sports Edi­tor

East­side's girls could have made the state­ment that they are the best team in the county Satur­day. In­stead, it was Al­covy emerg­ing with that ti­tle.

In the much-an­tic­i­pated re­match of the sea­son opener in which East­side (12-2) de­feated Al­covy by two, the Lady Tigers (13-2) pulled away down the stretch for a 70-58 win.

"It feels good," Al­covy coach Ki­dada Holtz­claw said. "I think our kids had a load lifted off their shoul­ders and we can move on now and con­tinue what we need to do in re­gion play."

Kate Palo was one of four Al­covy play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures with 20 points in­clud- ing three 3-point­ers. Ashley Wil­liams scored 13 de­spite foul­ing out late in the fourth quar­ter and Megan Tucker fin­ished with 12. Kate's sis­ter Kaci Palo scored 10

Jjade Cook did her part for East­side. The Lady Ea­gles' se­nior star scored a game­high 23. She had help from Alexia Som­er­set who scored 14. But Som­er­set fouled out too, mid­way through the fourth, and wasn't around to see the end.

Al­covy led by as many as 10 early in the game and seven at half­time but East­side was able to wipe away the deficit and take the lead in the third quar­ter.

Tucker's layup at the end of the third gave the Lady Tigers a four-point lead head­ing into the piv­otal fourth.

East­side made a run and took the lead with five min­utes left to play.

The Lady Tigers trailed 53-51 when Som­er­set picked up her fifth foul with 4:34 re­main­ing in the game. With her out of the lineup, Al­covy outscored the Lady Ea­gles 19-5 over the fi­nal four min­utes.

"That's part of the game. You get five foul and when you foul out, you foul out," Holtz­claw said. "We lost Ashley and we con­tin­ued to play hard. I don't think one or two play­ers make a huge dif­fer­ence in a game. It's go­ing to be a team win or a team loss."

Kate Palo's bucket with two min­utes re­main­ing put Al­covy up 58-54 be­fore sis­ter Kaci's pull-up in tran­si­tion made it 60-54 with 1:05 to go.

"Kaci shoots the ball well and if she's open, we want her to shoot it," Holtz­claw said.

The game fea­tured the type of emo­tion you'd ex­pect from ri­vals. East­side picked up a tech­ni­cal foul for taunt­ing in the first half and nearly picked up an­other in the sec­ond. Mean­while Al­covy kept to its game plan and worked the in­side out game with Wil­liams once Som­er­set left the game.

"We talk about be­ing poised and play­ing bas­ket­ball," Holtz­claw said. "Words are words and your per­for­mance is re­al­ity. We knew we had a tough op­po­nent to­day. Just like any other game, we are go­ing to come in here and play as hard as pos­si­ble and hope to come out with a vic­tory and that's what we were able to do."

An­thony Banks/The News

In con­trol: Al­covy guard Megan Tucker drive down the lane dur­ing the Lady Tigers' 70-58 win over ri­val East­side Satur­day. The two teams split and Al­covy can take the county cham­pi­onship if Newton de­feats East­side next week.

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