Al­covy girls top Her­itage 51-34, pick up 16th win

The Covington News - - Sports -

Ty­lan Merk­er­son

The Al­covy girls bas­ket­ball team trav­eled to Her­itage High School on Satur­day to de­liver a 5134 spank­ing and im­prove their record to 15-2.

Kate Palo dropped 16 points for the Tigers but coach Ki­dada Holtz­claw felt that it was the Tigers great team play that got them the win. "When you are at the top of the re­gion, you have a bulls­eye on your back but our team is do­ing a great job of ris­ing above that", coach Holtz­claw said.

Al­covy be­gan and fin­ished the game with a strong em­pha­sis on de­fense. The Tigers forced the Pa­tri­ots into com­mit­ting 28 turnovers dur­ing the game.

With am­ple amount of op­por­tu­ni­ties to run their of­fense in the first half, the Tigers placed the ball in the hands of Ashley Wil­liams to get the team rolling. Wil­liams pro­vides the Tigers with great phys­i­cal tough­ness but left late in the game with an in­jury and didn't re­turn.

"We play a lot of backto-back games so you get nicks and bruises here and there", coach Holtz­claw said. "Ashley (Wil­liams) will be okay. She is tough so she will be ready to go for the next game."

The Tigers ended the first half on a 8-0 run to go into half­time with a 29-20 lead over the Pa­tri­ots.

Al­covy showed

that they would con­tinue to play ag­gres­sive de­fense as they held the Pa­tri­ots to just two points in the third quar­ter. "We are be­gin­ning to un­der­stand how to play great de­fense", coach Holtz­claw said.

The Tigers en­tered the fourth quar­ter with a 4022 lead over the Pa­tri­ots and seemed to have sucked the life out of the Pa­tri­ots team. Kate Palo's 3-pointer early in the fourth quar­ter was the fi­nal straw for the Pa­tri­ots. The Tigers con­tin­ued to pull away to fin­ish the game with a 51-34 vic­tory on the road.

De­spite a lot of ad­ver­sity, the Tigers per­se­vered and will con­tinue to do so. "All sea­son long we have em­pha­sized be­ing able to play through any­thing. We put the girls through ad­verse sit­u­a­tions in prac­tice so they now know how to play through it all",

coach Holtz­claw said. The Tigers fought through a game that fa­vored the Pa­tri­ots in re­gards to foul calls and in­juries.

Lisa Kos­sally and Ashley Wil­liams added 9 points each for Al­covy.

Bre­anna Mitchell led the way with 12 points for the Pa­tri­ots.

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