Moody's career night not enough for win
Alcovy girls fall while boys top Jackson County

COVINGTON - Alcovy's Tiffany Moody had a career-high 19 points and 20 rebounds, but it was not enough as the Lady Tigers lost to Jackson County 39-29 on Friday night.

Meanwhile, the Alcovy boys won their game 62-35 behind Worrel Clahar's 19 points.

Alcovy's Jordan Butts started the boys game by making the his first of four 3-pointers to give the Tigers (1-1) a lead it never relinquished.

Alcovy went on a 12-2 run midway through the opening quarter as it continued to build its lead.

By the end of the first quarter, Clahar was already in double-digit scoring with 10 points as the Tigers led the Panthers 19-9.

Clahar added six more points to his tally to end the first half with 16 points as Alcovy outscored Jackson County 18-9 in the second quarter to take a 37-18 halftime lead.

"We had to get a win because we let one get away up at Clarke Central. The first game meant that we can't win them all," Alcovy boys coach Eugene Brown said. "We wanted to get out here and get a region win and get some confidence, 0-2 is not a good way to get started. They were really focused to come out there and get a win."

Leading 54-23 to start the fourth period, Alcovy began giving some of their bench players valuable playing time.

"We're a lot deeper than we were last year, and that's to benefit down the road. Our depth is what's going to make us more successful," Brown said.

The Tigers had nine players contribute to the score with only two in double figures.

Pacing the Panthers on the scoreboard were Will Wolter (13) and Joseph Smith (11).

In the girls game, Jackson County scored the first four points of the game. Alcovy tied the game three times in the first frame as the period ended tied at 9.

However, turnovers proved to be too much for the Lady Tigers to overcome as they helped Jackson County take a 20-15 lead into the locker room. Keeping the Lady Tigers in the game was Moody, who had 10 points and 11 boards at the half.

"Tiffany had a great game; that is her first double-double," Alcovy girls coach Suzanne Smith said. "This a career high for her. She's only a junior, so we have another year with her."

Moody's 19 points and 20 rebounds in the game were new school records.

Turnovers again made it difficult for the Lady Tigers to get a rhythm as trailed 33-23 to start the final period.

Alcovy tried to cut into Jackson County's lead but they were unable to get closer than seven points.

Breanna Drew and Alyssa Esco led the Lady Panthers in scoring with 14 and 11 points.

Despite losing to go 0-2 for the season, Smith liked the way the girls continued to fight and not give up.

"They played the whole game. I was real pleased with how they didn't give up, they ran from start to finish," Smith said. "I'm real happy with how the girls played."

Manny Fils can be reached at manny.fils@newtoncitizen.com.