Lady Tigers fall in Gatlinburg tournament
The Alcovy girls’ basketball team got a little more than it bargained for when it traveled to the Smoking Mountain Classic in Gatlinburg, Tenn., Thursday.
The trip took the Lady Tigers an hour and a half longer due to the interstate being closed down, and they then received a less than warm reception from Livingston, who came away with the openinggame victory 55-35.
Alcovy held a 13-point lead at one point in the first half, before the game was tied at 25-25 at halftime. From there, Livingston took over and held the Lady Tigers to just 10 points in the final two quarters.
“I think we just lost our focus and concentration,” Alcovy coach Kidada Holtzclaw said. “We’re playing very fundamentally sound teams here, and we just didn’t do enough of the little things.”
Although Alcovy was the bigger and stronger team, it was beat to the glass by Livingston, who kept the Lady Tigers boxed out of the paint.
“They did a great job of boxing us out and keeping us off the boards and slowing us down,” Holtzclaw said.
Throughout the game, Livingston played a ½-court and ¾-court zone press defense, slowing down Alcovy. They then switched from zone to manto-man but the Lady Tigers were able to play through it. However, they weren’t able to overcome the hustle under the hoop.
“We were bigger, we were taller and we were more athletic,” Holtzclaw said. “I think it was just a situation where they wanted it more.”
The Alcovy boys’ team is playing in the West Ashley Holiday Classic this weekend.
Rams travel to Alabama
With three straight wins prior to Saturday night’s matchup at Jenkins, which finished after press time, the Newton boys’ basketball team is playing at a highlevel headed into a highlevel tournament.
The Rams will pack up and head to Wallace State College in Hanceville, Ala., for the Yule Tide Classic on Dec. 27-29.
While in Alabama, Newton will face some of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s favorite state’s best teams.
The Rams’ first oppo- nent, Dallas County was ranked No. 2 in last week’s state poll in the AAAA classification. If Newton can get past Dallas, they will play the host-school Coleman, which is ranked No. 8 in Alabama’s AAAAA classification.
“The Jenkins game is im- portant for us to feel good about ourselves going into the tough competition we’ll see in Alabama,” Newton coach Rick Rasmussen said.
Newton returns home after the holidays to host Region 2-AAAAAA-foe Luella on Jan. 4
Alcovy traveled to Gatlinburg, Tenn., this weekend for the Smoking Mountain Classic.