ATLANTA - Both the Heritage girls and Alcovy boys basketball teams ran into some tough competition in the opening round of the Peach State Classic on Thursday at Morehouse College.
The Alcovy boys (4-4) were blown out by Mays, dropping a 62-27 decision to the Raiders.
Meanwhile, the Heritage girls (7-3) fell 41-30 to Parkway Academy, Fla.
Alcovy coach Eugene Brown said he was disappointed with the way his team performed.
"I've never been part of a game like that. I think they were just intimidated by the whole situation," Brown said. "Maybe we're not ready for a tournament of this caliber and the type of talent we're facing. Hopefully, we can learn from this loss and it will help us out down the road."
Alcovy had just four different players score. Worrell Clahar was the only one to reach double digits with 13.
Alcovy trailed 16-8 after the first quarter and 30-15 at the break. But it was a dreadful five-point third quarter and a seven-point fourth frame.
The road doesn't get any easier for Alcovy as the Tigers take on Redan tonight at 6:30 p.m.
The Heritage girls ran into a tall, athletic team in their first-round matchup with Parkway Academy.
Parkway led 10-4 after the first quarter as the Heritage offense got off to a slow start. In fact, a steal-and-score from Neice Lewis with 3:58 left in the first quarter broke Heritage's scoreless streak.
The Lady Patriots opened the second quarter with a 6-0 run to tie the game at 10. However, Parkway answered with a 7-0 run to lead 17-10 with 3:00 left until halftime. Parkway stretched its lead to 22-13 by the break.
Things got even worse for the Lady Patriots in the third quarter as the Heritage offense scored just two points in the frame. The Lady Patriots did outscore Parkway in the final frame, but it was too little, too late.
The tell-tale stat for the Lady Patriots was the fact that they committed 23 turnovers.
"We had too many turnovers. We were playing a good team, but we're a good team, too, and we just turned the ball over too many times," Heritage coach Dave LaBarrie said.
Lewis led the scoring charge with 12 points, while Precious Elkins added nine.
With the loss, Heritage plays the loser of Douglass and Grffin at 7:55 p.m. tonight.
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