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Alcovy takes second place in Region 3-AAAA tourney

FAYETTEVILLE -- Alcovy's girls basketball team did not play anywhere near its capability resulting in Fayette County winning the Region 3-AAAA championship 50-39 on Saturday.

Even though Fayette County was playing on its home court, Alcovy seemed to make it easier as it was outrebounded and shot poorly from the free-throw line.

"We played timid and turnovers really hurt us. We didn't do a great job on the offensive boards or blocking out," said Alcovy head coach Kidada Holtzclaw. "We just didn't play well."

Alcovy got down early and was never able to fully recover. Its first goal, by Lekeiyah Sorrells, came with 4:02 left in the first period to make it 9-2. Alcovy closed the gap to end the first period down by four points at 11-7.

"The kids knew what to do, they just didn't execute offensively or defensively," Holtzclaw said.

Alcovy was unable to maintain the push as bad passes and a lack of aggressiveness around the board allowed Fayette County multiple chances to score.

In the first half, Alcovy was outrebounded 19-8 and was 3-for-6 from the line, compared to Fayette County which was 4-for-4. Fayette County took a 25-19 lead into the locker room.

Just like the first period, Alcovy had trouble scoring to start the second half. Alcovy's first basket came with 4:21 left in the third frame when Ashley Williams sank her shot to make it 28-22.

Even though Alcovy finished strong to end the third trailing just 30-26, Fayette County had a stronger start to the fourth as it scored six straight to give itself a 10-point lead.

Alcovy found itself having to foul in the final two minutes to try to save time off the clock. The only problem with that plan was that Fayette County was almost perfect from the line, finishing the game going 14-for-18.

Alcovy, on the other hand, was at 50 percent making 9-of-18.

"It was a lack of focus and being timid," Holtzclaw said. "We weren't confident going to the line."

One bright spot on Alcovy's team in the championship game was Meagan Tucker, who led all scorers with 17 points, followed by Kate Palo (7) and Williams (6).

"Meagan played very aggressively," Holtzclaw said. "That's what we needed from all five players on the floor."

Leading Fayette County on the scoreboard was Aneesa Watson with 15 points for it only double-digit scorer.

Alcovy will host the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs with a game at 6 p.m. on Friday.