COVINGTON - The Alcovy Tigers proved that they could put down a good team with a 51-49 win over Region 8-AAAA South champion Heritage on Friday night.
"It's a good win against a very good team. It's good to keep winning going into the playoffs and that's what we wanted to accomplish," said Alcovy coach Eugene Brown.
While Worrell Clahar's 23 points played a huge part in the win, Heritage's inability to make free throws also was a factor.
The Patriots (19-6 overall, 8-2 in 8-AAAA South) made a dismal 17 percent of their shots from the stripe, going 3 of 17.
Also hurting the Patriots were eight fourth-quarter turnovers, including one with two seconds left to play as Heritage was trying to set up for a final play.
"Like we've done in the past five or six games, we've been working on our
defensive pressure and intensity," Brown said. "They looked a little fatigued at times, but they played hard and we turned up the intensity in the fourth quarter."
Neither team was able to gain a big lead as the lead changed nine times before Clahar took advantage of a Heritage turnover in the fourth period to give the Tigers (10-12, 5-5) a 41-39 lead. They would keep the lead for the rest of the game.
Heritage actually led at the end of the first three quarters leading 11-10 after one, 27-23 after two and 39-36 after three.
Even though Alcovy had the lead with time winding down, Brown was never sure about the outcome.
"We lost about more than five games this year by less than five points and we had the lead in all those games. We didn't find a away to get it done. We talked about finding a way to get it done," Brown said. "With about three minutes left I called a time out and said that we've been here before we have to finish the deal then we executed to win."
Cody Edwards also hit double-digit scoring for Alcovy with 11 points.
Heritage's Juron Dobbs had a double-double scoring 14 points and bringing down 11 rebounds. Shakeem Mitchell contributed to his teams effort with 11 points.
Heritage 64, Alcovy 38
The Lady Patriots (18-6, 8-2) came on strong taking a 17-0 lead before Alex Tucker made it 17-2 with 2:03 left in the first period.
Midway through the second quarter Heritage built their lead to 30-2 before the Lady Tigers (2-20, 2-8) charged back to trail 38-14 at the half.
Heritage outscored Alcovy 17-6 in the third frame before the Lady Tigers, in vain, outscored Heritage 18-6 in a shorten fourth quarter.
Heritage's Zaneta Gray was hot from beyond the arc hitting six shots for 18 points. As a result, she led all scorers followed by Precious Elkins (15) and Sarah Herrington (12).
Tiffany Moody paced the Lady Tigers with 10 points with Tucker scoring nine.
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