COVINGTON - It was a successful night on the road for Newton schools Tuesday as three of the four teams walked off the hardwood with a win Tuesday.
Both Alcovy teams swept Stockbridge while Eastside split with Hart County.
The Alcovy girls held on for a 53-51 victory while the boys took care of their opponent 66-52.
The Lady Eagles had a hard time against Lady Bulldogs in their 64-40 loss while the boys beat a Class AAA final four team from last season 64-58.
Alcovy 66, Stockbridge 52
Alcovy (3-1, 2-0) took advantage of poor free throw shooting by Stockbridge (4-2, 2-1) in its win.
Stockbridge only made 44 of its free throws going 16 of 36 from the line.
Free throw shooting was not Stockbridge's only problem. It had trouble holding onto the ball as turnovers were also a major concern.
Stockbridge's other concern was Alcovy's potent man-to-man defense.
The Alcovy team played well against its Region 4-AAAA opponent, playing with more intensity and with more purpose in its win.
Darius Miller led Alcovy in scoring, putting in 17 points, including eight points in the final five minutes of the game to allow Alcovy to go on a 10-3 run.
Jamieson Smith scored 14 for Alcovy with freshman guard Devon Edwards adding 13 more.
Stockbridge was led by Chris Davis, who finished with 16 points, followed by Adonis Durden (13) and Dante Campbell (9).
No other Stockbridge player had more than five points for the night.
Alcovy 53, Stockbridge 51
The Alcovy girls (1-3, 1-1) were able to turn a 10-point third quarter deficit into a two-point win.
Stockbridge (1-6, 0-3) held its biggest lead of the night late in the third frame, leading 41-31.
But that was when Alcovy went on an 11-2 to close the gap.
Then in the waning minutes of the game, Alcovy went on another run, 9-1, to take a 52-47 lead with 45 seconds left and shut the door on the home team.
Nikki Moody paced the Alcovy girls with 13 points. Alex Tucker was one behind with 12 points, followed by Tiffany Moody who had 10.
For Stockbridge, Senior forward Alexis Taylor was the only player in double-figures with a game-high 22 points. Kyra Chandler and Synamom Martin each had nine.
Lady Bulldogs 65,
Eastside Lady Eagles 45
Turnovers proved costly for the Lady Eagles in their Region 8-AAA loss Tuesday.
Despite 15 points by Raven Williams, all in the second half, the Lady Eagles were unable to overcome their 30-plus turnovers.
"We had over 30 turnovers as a team which cost us dearly," Eastside coach Michael Gerald said. "I thought we played pretty good defense initially, but gave up to many offensive rebounds."
Jade Cook had an outstanding first half scoring eight points. Paige Alexander had the best game of her varsity career with eight points and eight rebounds.