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Alcovy too much for Eastside basketball

COVINGTON -- It was not a pretty game, but both Alcovy squads did enough to evoke the mercy rule in the final quarter for the sweep over Eastside on Saturday.

The Lady Tigers (1-0) led 60-29 after the third frame before winning the game 67-37. The Alcovy boys (1-0) has an easier time leading 72-31 after three quarters of play before getting the win in an 88-31 decision.

BOYS

Fouls determined the pace of play in the boys game as both teams where in double-bonus shooting 27 seconds into the second period.

Of Eastside's (0-2) 25 first half points, 19 came from the free-throw line. While Alcovy also had more than a few points from the line, they were aggressive in attacking the basket to take a 49-25 halftime lead.

The teams combined taking 58 shots from the courtesy line with Eastside making 19-of-31 while Alcovy was 19-of-27.

"I think we fouled too much. We have guys that can score but we can't have guys shoot (31) free throws. We have to do a better job defensively," Alcovy head coach Eugene Brown said. "It was the first game for the players and the refs. We have to be cut some slack. But they did a good job. They only made three baskets in the first half. We have to do a better job of judging the referees and how the game is called."

Also hurting Eastside was the amount of turnovers they committed in the first half. While giving the ball back to Alcovy 16 times in the first half, they only had seven in the second.

While both teams calmed down on their fouling in the third period, Alcovy was making their shots while the Eagles were held to six points.

Pacing the court on the scoreboard was Alcovy's Michael Tucker who led all players with 20 points followed by Devon Edwards (12), Deondre Butler and Justice Wallace who had 10 each.

"He's in a good situation where we don't have to count on him to score every night," Brown said of Edwards. "If guys want to double him and take him out of the game, I have many different players that can score given the opportunity."

Leading Eastside's scoring was Ben Miller who had 12 points, 10 of which came in the first half all from the free-throw line. Scoring eight points each were Michael Chapman and Demario Terrell.

In their first game of the season on Friday, Eastside lost to Walnut Grove 79-74. Miller led the team in scoring with 17 points followed by Dominic Harris (16) and Quindarrious Russell (12).

Girls

While turnovers hampered both teams early in the game, the Lady Tigers quickly got control of their game. Alcovy took a 10 point, 19-9 lead after the first period over Eastside (0-2), The second frame was not different as Meagan Tucker led Alcovy scoring 15 of her 20 points in the first half.

"Meagan is a team player. There were a lot of shots in the past couple of years that she passed on passing the ball giving it to her teammates. She understands that at the point guard position you have the ball in your hand more than anyone else on the team," Alcovy head coach Kidada Holtzclaw said. "She has to be a scoring threat."

Alcovy started the second half strong expanding their lead to 19 points, 47-28, midway through the third before expanding their lead to 60-29 to end the period.

"In the third quarter you always want to go out strong in the first five minutes. We look at that as most important to try to put the game away," Holtzclaw said. "I think we have a long way to go. Obviously, we don't want to peak at the beginning of the season. We saw some of our weaknesses that we can improve on and saw some of our strengths that we can capitalize on in the future. Overall, our kids, especially our veterans, played well aside from missing a lot of layups."

Joining Tucker in double-digit scoring were Ashley Williams (11) and Kaci Palo (14). Eleven of Palo's points came in the third period.

"Kaci has definitely moved into a shooting and scoring role for us. There's a lot of things she needs to improve, as well as some of the other kids that didn't play a bunch of minutes in the past," Holtzclaw said.

Leading the Lady Eagles in scoring were Deshantra Kelly with 10 points and Jymara Smith with eight.

In Friday's game, Eastside played well for three and a half quarters before falling apart in their season opener. Walnut Grove jumped on the Lady Eagles to pull away to beat Eastside 74-48.