Sears leads Al­covy blowout

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

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.

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