Al­covy stum­bles on the road against Wild­cats

The Covington News - - SPORTS - MATT SMITH msmith@cov­news.com

Mis­cues at the freethrow line doomed the Al­covy girls var­sity bas­ket­ball team Fri­day night on the road, as the Lady Tigers fell 46-39 in re­gion play to Love­joy.

The loss drops the Lady Tigers to 2-2 in re­gion play, while the win gave the Wild­cats their first vic­tory in Re­gion 2-AAAAAA.

Al­covy coach David Baker said that though the Lady Tigers' turnovers were down, he be­lieves the team suf­fered from a hang­over ef­fect from the hol­i­day sea­son.

"We played well over the break, but tonight we didn't re­ally look good as a team," Baker said. "Those missed free throws re­ally hurt us, and this was a game that we needed."

Baker said that his play­ers looked flat in a game that he called a 'must win."

"This game re­ally was a must in my eyes, and I was dis­ap­pointed that we came out the way we did," he said. "Our turnovers were down, which we have re­ally worked on this year, but we couldn't get go­ing on the of­fen­sive end.

"With it be­ing our first game of the new year, it was re­ally im­por­tant with me, and it's one of the most im­por­tant games on our sched­ule. We just have to re­group."

The Lady Tigers did get a boost, how­ever, from Ar­lana Barnes, who was re­turn­ing af­ter an in­jury, giv­ing Al­covy its full com­ple­ment of play­ers for the first time this sea­son.

"Ar­lana re­turned for us against Love­joy and scored seven points in one minute," Baker said. "Hav­ing her back is one of the few pos­i­tives we can take away from the game. It's the first time this sea­son that we have our en­tire ros­ter to­gether, so now we have to play with one another and keep get­ting bet­ter each game."

Af­ter trav­el­ing to Gainesville on Satur­day, the Lady Tigers will host three of their next four games at home.

"We've been on the road a lot this sea­son, but we have to han­dle our busi­ness at home now," Baker said. "We can't rely on other teams to get the job done for us. We have to make sure that we're not de­pen­dent on them."

Al­covy re­turns to ac­tion Fri­day at home against Rock­dale County at 7 p.m.

An­thony Banks/The Cov­ing­ton News

The Al­covy girls var­sity bas­ket­ball pro­gram dropped a 46-39 de­ci­sion to Love­joy on the road Fri­day night, fall­ing to 2-2 in re­gion play.

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