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Alcovy shoots self into 1-0 loss -- literally

COVINGTON -- It's the goal you can't see that hurts. That was a lesson learned by the Lady Tigers in their 1-0 loss to Locust Grove on Thursday.

"It was an own goal that came off a thigh and just went in," said Alcovy head coach Philip Davidson.

Since Alcovy scored on itself, the Lady Wildcats thought it would be easy for them to score on the Lady Tigers as well. However, Lady Tigers keeper Marie Peck proved that was not going to happen as she had 15 saves.

"This her second year. She's really good and kept us in the game," said Davidson.

While Locust Grove was able to take shot after shot, the attempts did not come as often or as quickly for the Lady Tigers. Alcovy fished with only seven shots on goal.

"We're trying to get better at transitioning from offense to defense. We didn't do a good job of it. We're not moving up and supporting like we should. We've been working on it but we're not there yet," said Davidson.

"We've got to work on keeping possession of the ball, moving it around and pushing it up the field. We're not doing a good job of playing as a team right now."Springer goes from tennis to softballFormer Newton softball/tennis player Holly Spinger recently made a move which resulted in a change in scholarship as well.

Springer originally signed with Emmanuel College to play tennis. However, she decided to go with her first love -- softball. After two weeks of signing her tennis scholarship Springer walked-on for the Emmanuel College softball team, where her scholarship was transferred.

In her first official at-bat, against University of Virginia-Wise, Springer hit a two-run home run. Springer, who is the only starting freshman, hit .428 in the doubleheader, which Emmanuel College won 15-1 and 8-3.Newton girls tennis team sweeps Alcovy 5-0The closest match between county rivals Newton and Alcovy occurred at No. 2 singles, as Newton's Trinity Kinnon outlasted Alcovy's Myel Bowers 9-7. The rest of the matches all went Newton's way as it swept Alcovy 5-0.

"I thought the girls played well," Newton head coach Michael Bryan said. "Our No. 2 doubles player, Val Yates, was out with an ankle injury, and Brishanti Weaver stepped in and did a great job even though it was the first time she had played with Marie (Diaz).

"I thought our singles play was steady and I hope that we use this win as a big boost heading into our region schedule."

After losing the first game of the match to Alcovy's Mary Ruth Davis, Newton's Kelsy Swinson fired back, winning the next eight games to secure the match. At No. 1 doubles, Shundra Kelton and Allie Brazelton wasted little time in defeating Alcovy's Nicole Brooks and Brandie Weathersby (8-1). Newton's Tenia Morgan, at No. 3 singles, also won (8-4 over Gabby Evans) and the Rams' No. 2 doubles team of Diaz and Weaver prevailed 8-3.