COVINGTON - It seems that 41 was an unlucky number at Alcovy on Friday night as both losing teams scored that many points.
The Eastside girls beat the Lady Tigers 50-41, while the host Alcovy boys easily handled the Eagles 60-41.
Alcovy 60, Eastside 41
Eastside's night was summed up in the third quarter when what should have been an easy two points following a steal turned into Alcovy's ball when the shooter missed a dunk, sending the ball flying out of bounds.
Eastside took an early 3-2 lead following a 3-pointer by Neal Latimore, who led the Eagles with 13 points.
However, the Eagles were not able to enjoy the moment as Alcovy led for the rest of the game.
With the score at 8-7, the Tigers scored the final six points of the period to make it 14-7.
Alcovy enjoyed a large advantage all through the second period until the final minute when Eastside charged back, scoring eight points.
Until that point, the Tigers had a 33-12 lead heading into halftime.
"We had some guys that hadn't played a lot so I was trying to give them some time with a 10-point lead," Alcovy coach Eugene Brown said.
The Tigers made up for it in the third frame, outscoring Eastside 14-6.
Alcovy had three players in double figures. Jordan Butts led the way with 14 points, followed by Darius Miller (13) and Jamieson Smith (10).
"They executed really well. I think they're starting to understand what we have and what we can do," Brown said. "We had the shots fall, and it hasn't happened in the last two of three games."
Eastside 50, Alcovy 41
Both teams started the game slow, but it was Eastside that suffered the most, missing layups and seeing shots bounce off the iron.
However, once the Lady Eagles settled down, they slowly but steadily took care of business.
"It's a rivalry game and I felt like we came out tense. We got every shot we wanted, we just couldn't put it in the basket," Eastside coach Jason Grooms said. "We knew what we had to do to get the job done."
Leading 10-8 after the opening quarter, the Lady Eagles, behind Paige Alexander and Raven Williams, closed the half with a 28-21 edge.
Alexander finished the game with 14 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double with Williams closing the game with 10 points.
"Paige has been playing well for us all year and she's getting better and better. I want to challenge her to play good defense, too. If she could bring to the defensive end like she does on the offense end, she'll be a pretty good player," Grooms said. "She already does a lot of good things."
However, turnovers in the third period allowed the Lady Tigers turn a seven-point margin, into a three-point margin, 33-30.
But the Lady Eagles were able to made the needed adjustments to hold off the home team.
Alcovy's leading scorer, Kate Palo, had 15 points followed by Lisa Kossally (11) and Alex Tucker (7).
"We know that we have got to minimize turnovers. I think we're getting better," Grooms said. "We have a ways to go but we are getting better.
"I was proud of the way we executed in the last two and a half minutes when we had the lead. We took time off the clock and made them foul us."
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