Lady Tigers hang on

The Covington News - - SPORTS - PHIL MAN­SON

Coach David Baker’s Al­covy Lady Tigers al­most learned the hard way that they have to play all four quar­ters as they with­stood a fu­ri­ous fourth-quar­ter come­back by the Mor­row Lady Mus­tangs be­fore se­cur­ing a harder-that-it-should-have-been 61-52 vic­tory.

With the win, Al­covy im­proved to 6-14, and 4-4 in Re­gion 2-AAAAAA. Mor­row fell to 6-11, and 1-4 in re­gion play.

“We re­ally showed what Al­covy bas­ket­ball is all about,” Baker said. “We’ve been wait­ing on this for a long time. It took get­ting some games un­der our belt – some tough losses – to get us to this point. We found where we can still use im­prove­ment, but I’m proud of the girls. A win is a win.”

In the first quar­ter, sopho­more for­ward Tierra Hodges scored the Lady Tigers’ first eight points and Al­covy jumped out to a 16-8 lead.

In the sec­ond pe­riod, se­nior point guard Waneshia Mor­ris scored 11 of Al­covy’s 21 points, in­clud­ing seven con­sec­u­tive points that in­cluded a 3-pointer, to stake the Lady Tigers to a 37-14 half­time lead.

Two quick buck­ets put Al­covy up 41-14 at the 7:30 mark of the third quar­ter. The high­light of the pe­riod was a steal, drive and bas­ket by se­nior guard Daja Barnes that gave the Lady Tigers a 45-19 lead with 4:40 left in the third.

Through­out the game, Al­covy’s de­fense and quick hands cre­ated Mor­row turnovers lead­ing to lots of scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for Hodges, Mor­ris and Barnes, who chipped in 14 points.

Per­haps as a bit of fore­shad­ow­ing, though, Mor­row wasn’t go­ing to just roll over. Match­ing the few snowflakes ear­lier in the day, a quick Lady Mus­tangs’ flurry in the fi­nal minute cut Al­covy’s lead to 55-29 af­ter three. That’s when the game got in­ter­est­ing. Al­covy went nearly six min­utes of the fourth with noth­ing but a sin­gle free-throw to show for its ef­forts. At the 5:35 mark, Mor­row cut the lead to 55-36, and with 3:52 left, the the Lady Mus­tangs were down 55-41.

Fi­nally, a Hodges’ free throw and a Barnes’ jumper put the Lady Tigers up 58-43 with 1:49 left. How­ever, Mor­row reeled off seven straight points to nar­row the gap to 58-50 with 34.4 sec­onds to play.

Dis­com­fort was no­tice­able on the Al­covy side­line. But, the Lady Tigers made a bas­ket, had a steal and

made a foul-shot in the wan­ing min­utes of play, se­cur­ing the fi­nal 61-52 mar­gin of vic­tory.

“We talked at half­time about how they (Mor­row) were not go­ing to give up,” Baker ex­plained. “They (the girls) got to see in that game how you don’t let up and you’ve got to play the full game. We came out with a ‘W,’ but that’s what we’re go­ing to work on tomorrow – clos­ing out games.”

Hodges led Al­covy with 26 points, and Mor­ris added 17. Mor­row’s Da’ja Green led all scor­ers with 30 points.

Al­covy's Tierra Hodges

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