Lady Tigers fall in Gatlin­burg tour­na­ment

The Covington News - - SPORTS - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

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

An­thony Banks /The Cov­ing­ton News

Al­covy trav­eled to Gatlin­burg, Tenn., this week­end for the Smok­ing Moun­tain Clas­sic.

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