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Alcovy boys move on; girls headed home

DACULA - The Alcovy teams split their games in the 8-AAAA basketball tournament with the boys advancing after beating Habersham Central 55-35, while the Lady Tigers ended their season with a 63-44 loss to Winder-Barrow on Tuesday.

The boys game started slow with five turnovers in the first two minutes of the game.

While Alcovy's aggressive play allowed the Tigers to take a 15-9 lead after the first quarter, it also put them in major foul trouble.

The Raiders were in the bonus in the first minute of the second quarter and were in double bonus for the last three minutes of the half.

But they were unable to convert, shooting just 9 of 17 from the free throw line.

Alcovy made it 18-9 but failed to score for five minutes, allowing the Raiders to close the gap to 18-16. Once the Tigers found the bottom of the net, they ended the half leading 25-17, including a 3-pointer by Isaiah Honeysucker at the buzzer.

"We played a lot of guys," said Alcovy coach Eugene Brown. "With the lead, we felt comfortable getting some guys in there seeing where their heads were at and how we'd execute in a situation in this atmosphere. We made some mistakes, but they played hard."

Alcovy - more accurately Worrel Clahar - started getting hot as the Tigers jumped out to a 40-22 lead after three periods.

Clahar, who scored four points in the first half, had 14 points in the second half.

Alcovy continued to keep the Raiders down as it eliminated Habersham Central from the tournament.

"Them beating Madison (County) at Madison should have been a sign that these guys were going to get after it and play hard the whole night," Brown said.

The boys' next opponent will be Winder-Barrow at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

GIRLS

Winder-Barrow 63, Alcovy 44

When the Lady Tigers' Tiffany Moody hit the first basket of the game, it looked like Alcovy was going to run over the Lady Bulldoggs. However, Winder-Barrow showed them that they weren't going anywhere nd took a 10-4 lead. Helping the Lady Bulldoggs gain the advantage was Mimi Hill, who used her height advantage to score.

By the end of the first period, the Lady Tigers were down 14-9.

Alcovy was doing more passing than shooting as Winder-Barrow built its lead to 24-9 before Alcovy started pulling the trigger.

"I told them they had to shoot to win," said Alcovy coach Suzanne Smith.

Once Alcovy starting shooting, the score went from 24-9 to 24-21. But the Lady Bulldoggs closed strong to take a 32-23 halftime lead.

Winder-Barrow extended its lead to 45-35 after the third period before Alcovy hit the first two baskets of the fourth to make it a six-point game.

Any momentum the Lady Tigers had quickly vanished due to turnovers. Alcovy finished the game with a total of 27 giveaways.

Hill led all scorers with 23 points, while Tiffany Jackson scored 13 points for Winder-Barrow.

Moody and Alex Tucker both finished with 13 for the Lady Tigers.

"We weren't focused, that's what it comes down to," Smith said. "Because we're so young and never been in a region tournament, we don't understand what it means."

Manny Fils can be reached at manny.fils@newtoncitizen.com.