COVINGTON - The Newton and Alcovy boys were able to collect victories on Tuesday, while the girls squads fell short in their quests.
Newton's boys, ranked No. 9 in Class AAAAA, beat Stephenson 70-65 on the road, while Alcovy had a 40-35 victory at home against Forest Park.
For the girls, the Lady Rams came up one point short, 55-54, against the Lady Jaguars, who are ranked No. 2 in Class AAAAA.
The Lady Tigers were unable to get by Forest Park at home, losing 41-33 to the Lady Panthers.
Newton 70, Stephenson 65
Stephenson (3-3 overall, 1-2 in 2-AAAAA) scored first to take the lead, but that was the only time it did not chase the Rams (7-0 overall, 3-0 in 2-AAAAA) on the scoreboard.
By the time the Jaguars went into the locker room at halftime, they trailed 37-29.
Newton came out fast and scored often, taking a 54-37 lead in the third quarter before Stephenson shut out the Rams while scoring six points to end the third quarter with the score at 54-43.
"Stephenson made a run to cut into the lead as we struggled to stop their transition baskets in the second half," Rams coach Rick Rasmussen said. "They were led by ... University of Alabama-Birmingham signee Andre Coleman, who scored 27 pts. We held the second-leading scorer Kevin Dukes (a Bethune-Cookman signee) to only six points and no 3-pointers."
Matching Coleman for top scorer of the night was sophomore Derrick Henry, who had 27 points and had four rebounds for the Rams.
Tee Farley had 10 points, five assists and a steal for Newton, followed by Charles Edwards (eight points, eight rebounds) and Jared Mann (eight points, 11 rebounds).
"We didn't play our best game in the second half, but did shoot the ball well overall, close to 50 percent for the game," Rasmussen said. "We outshot them in their own gym, which was pleasant to see."
Alcovy 40, Forest Park 35
The Tigers came back from a 22-13 deficit at halftime to beat Forest Park.
"(We had) great looks at the basket, but the ball would just roll in and out," Alcovy coach Eugene Brown said.
Also keeping the Tigers from putting more points on the board was their 9-for-24 (37 percent) shooting from the foul line.
Alcovy's defense stepped it up in the third frame as it held the Panthers scoreless, allowing the Tigers to close the gap and eventually take the lead.
Alcovy's Jordan Butts led the team in scoring with 10 points, followed by Kevin Boyle, who had seven points and 10 boards.
"Faraad Armwood emerged as a viable scoring option, hitting some key shots," Brown said. "(We) made 12 charge attempts and converted seven. It was a great defensive effort."
Forest Park 41, Alcovy 33
The Alcovy girls got off to a slow start, scoring four first-quarter points before adding seven more in the second quarter.
Although the Lady Tigers came back strong in the second half, outscoring the visiting Forest Park, it was not enough.
"It was little too late as Forest Park went on to out rebound and outplay the Lady Tigers," Alcovy coach Kidada Holtzclaw said.
Tiffany Moody was the only Lady Tigers player in double figures, scoring 13 points.
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