COVINGTON - Alcovy welcomed Mt. Zion to the Jungle on Friday evening by splitting a pair of Region 4-AAAA games.
In boys action, the Tigers, who never trailed at any point of the game, won 46-34. Meanwhile, the Lady Tigers were handed their third blow of the year, 45-41.
Alcovy 46, Mt. Zion 34
After limiting the Bulldogs to just three points on 1-of-10 shooting from the field in the opening quarter, the third-year Tigers rumbled to their fourth win of the season.
"I think we're getting a better understanding of how we need to play basketball," Alcovy coach Eugene Brown said. "Their IQ is going up a little higher every time we play. We react to situations a little better than we did the first couple of years, so guys are learning and growing in the program.
"It's obvious; you've just got to keep working at it."
Trailing 20-10 in the second quarter, Mt. Zion's Stefan Griffin hit back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the deficit to four entering halftime.
Griffin finished with a game-high 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field.
However, the second half belonged to Alcovy (4-1 overall, 3-0 in 4-AAAA).
Besides shooting 8-of-17 from the field and 10-of-14 from the free-throw line in the final two quarters, Alcovy forced 14 turnovers, including four charges.
"Well, that's something we start practice off every day - working on taking charges, boxing out and our defensive fundamentals," Brown said. "We take a lot of pride in that. Guys are willing to sacrifice for us to get the turnover, so if somebody gets beat we got somebody waiting to help out."
Twelve players scored for the Tigers. Jamieson Smith, who had three steals, and Darrius Miller each had eight points.
Mt. Zion 45, Alcovy 41
After leading throughout the duration of the second half, the Lady Tigers (2-3 overall, 1-2 in 4-AAAA) lost in the waning seconds.
Down 43-41 with 24 seconds left in the game, Alcovy lost possession of the inbound pass, eventually leading to a pair of free throws by Mt. Zion's Precious Person to cap it off.
Person finished with a team-high 13 points and game-high five blocks.
Despite shooting just 27 percent from the field (16-of-60) and committing 22 turnovers, the Lady Bulldogs scored 15 points in the fourth quarter compared to seven. They also forced eight turnovers and limited the Lady Tigers to 3-of-16 shooting.
Overall, Alcovy shot 22 percent from the field (16-of-72) and had 17 turnovers.
Alcovy's Alex Tucker had a game-high 14 points. Tiffany Moody recorded the game's only double-double (12 points, 12 rebounds). Lisa Kossally added 10 points and seven steals.
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