Sears leads Alcovy blowout
The Alcovy girls varsity basketball team cruised to its fifth victory of the season Friday night at home against Druid Hills, crushing the Red Devils 70-26.
Keidra Sears led a balanced Lady Tigers' scoring attack with 12 points, while Tierra Hodges finished with 11 points, including six in the opening quarter, to help Alcovy to the blowout victory.
The Lady Tigers held Druid Hills to just nine second-half points, allowing the Lady Red Devils just three points in the third quarter.
"It's been a tough road for us," Alcovy coach David Baker said. "The biggest thing we focused on this week was our team defense. We really got on them this week about be- ing accountable for what each individual player needs to do.
"We have let some region games get away from us," he said. "Last week really hurt us, as far as team morale goes, so it was put on the girls this week to step it up. They came out and showed what we can do when we play as a team."
Alcovy opened the game on an 8-2 spurt fueled by consecutive layups from Qyantasia Perry, Ayanna Wimbush and Hodges.
Druid Hills' Kala Cato broke the streak on an elbow jumper with 3:39 left in the quarter, but Hodges answered with an offensive layup and rebound as part of Alcovy's 14 points in the paint in the period.
Alcovy closed the quarter on an Aleziah Wilson layup off a feed from Wimbush, giving the Lady Tigers a 16-7 advantage after the first quarter.
Alcovy distanced itself from the Lady Red Devils in the second quarter, extending its lead to 24-11 after Daja Barnes drained back-to-back 3-pointers. Barnes used both sides of the floor, connecting on her first shot from the left corner before hitting her second from the right corner of the floor with 5:58 to go in the half.
Druid Hills went scoreless for over two-and-ahalf minutes in the quarter, but Cato ended the Lady Red Devils' drought with a spin move and layup in the lane, cutting Alcovy's lead to 26-13.
Wilson converted a pair of layups over the final three minutes of play, and Madison Beasley knocked down a jumper from the free-throw line to send Alcovy up 34-17 at the break.
Alcovy dominated the third quarter, outscoring Druid Hills 19-3. The Lady Red Devils scored just once from the floor on a #2 layup, and Alcovy used a 13-0 run at the start of the quarter to put Druid Hills away for good. Kiara Bagby and Hodges had five points each in the period, with Hodges scoring the Lady Tigers' first five points of the period.
Alcovy went up by 30 in the quarter on a Bagby free throw with 3:02 left in the quarter, and Bagby extended Alcovy's lead to 53-20 at the end of the quarter on a runner in the lane.
Waneisha Morris put the Lady Tigers ahead by 40 with back-to-back scores with under three minutes to go. Alcovy outscored Druid Hills 7-2 in the final 90 seconds for the 44-point victory.