COVINGTON - Big quarters by the Alcovy boys and the Newton girls helped propel them to victories Saturday.
The Tigers outscored Newton 19-3 in the second quarter in their 50-35 win, while the Lady Rams scored 20 points to Alcovy's seven in the fourth period to beat the Lady Tigers 56-39.
The Newton boys started the game in usual fashion, controlling the tempo and boards and grabbing a 12-9 lead in the first quarter.
Jordan Butts tied the game for the Tigers with a 3-pointer before a trey by Cody Edwards gave Alcovy a 15-12 lead.
Alcovy closed out the first half with a 14-3 run.
"Defense was the difference," Alcovy coach Eugene Brown said. "We didn't give up a lot of easy baskets, we contested every shot. They only got one shot pretty much at the basket. If they didn't make it, that was it."
Newton came out in the second half but was unable to get things done as each team scored eight points. Alcovy outscored Newton 14-12 in the fourth frame for the win.
"Overall, we didn't play well; we didn't show up. We didn't hit shots, we didn't take care of the ball and we knew it would be important," Newton coach Rick Rasmussen said. "They were at home, played with
confidence and we didn't. We're a good basketball team, we just didn't play well."
Alcovy's Worrel Clahar paced the field with 15 points and Edwards had 11 points for the Tigers.
Jamon Hawkins was the only Newton player in double figures with 14 points.
The Rams were also out rebounded by Alcovy. The Tigers grabbed 37 boards compared to Newton's 21.
"I told them in the locker room that they average about 55 (points) a game. If you can defend and take people's strength away you have a chance in a one-game, single-elimination tournament," Brown said.
The Lady Tigers came out with a vengeance and kept pace with the Newton until turnovers took them out of their game.
With the game tied at 8, turnovers helped Newton take a 15-8 lead after the first period.
Rather then give up, Alcovy regrouped and began cutting away at the seven-point deficit.
The Lady Tigers cut the lead to six points at the half and four by the end of the third period.
"I told the girls in the beginning of the game that Alcovy is going to play us hard and they're not going to quit," Newton coach Tiffani Johnson said.
However, Newton quickly began to gain the upper hand in the fourth quarter by taking advantage of turnovers and controlling the boards.
"We stopped playing defense. They started getting fast breaks on us because we let them get those passes, we just shut down," Alcovy coach Suzanne Smith said. "We can't get past that hump, we're stuck. They've got to want it."
After both teams drained 3-pointers, the Lady Rams outscored Alcovy 17-4 for the win.
Alcovy's Meagan Moody paced her team with 12 points followed by Tiffany Moody with 11.
Newton freshman Qaiserah Sharif led all scorers with 18 points with Loren Wilkens (11) and Shandria Usher (10) also scoring in double digits.
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