Alcovy's Ashley Williams (20) gets a jumper over Miller Grove's Klarissa Weaver in the Class AAAA semifinals game on Wednesday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
DULUTH -- Turnovers helped seal Alcovy's fate in the semifinals of the Class AAAA game as the Lady Tigers ended their season with a 42-34 loss to Miller Grove on Wednesday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
The Lady Wolverines will face Southwest DeKalb, who beat Jonesboro 51-31 in the semifinals, in the championship game at 4 p.m. on Friday back at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
"We had a fantastic season. We have a lot of things to be proud of. Our girls worked tremendously hard but we couldn't find the bottom of the basket," Alcovy head coach Kidada Holtzclaw said. "We had opportunities in the paint but we had seven misses in the first half and 13 in the second. We were missing some shots; maybe we were playing a little tight. I'm not sure what happened but you can't win when you don't capitalize."
Besides being hurt by missing shots, the Lady Tigers also hurt themselves with too many turnovers giving the ball back to the Lady Wolverines 21 times.
"We were looking to get the ball inside; that was one of our plans but we didn't execute it very well," Holtzclaw said." We knew one of the keys to winning was limiting turnovers. We just weren't aggressive enough with the ball. There were a few times we were looking at other people to handle the ball,"
With Alcovy down 27-20 to start the fourth quarter, Megan Tucker was determined to send her team to the championship game. Tucker controlled the ball and took the shot whenever she could, scoring six of her 14 points in the final eight minutes of the game.
The Lady Tigers had a late surge, closing the gap to 36-32 after trailing by as many as 11 points, with one minute left in their season. Helping give Alcovy the points they needed was Ashley Williams, who had six straight points. Williams, who got in foul trouble early and missed the second quarter, ended the night with 11 points.
"Ashley plays hard and a few of those fouls she got were from her hustling. It took away a little bit of what we wanted to do offensively," Holtzclaw said. "I think Miller Grove capitalized on the fact that Ashley wasn't in the game and put more pressure on us."
Even with Miller Grove's Katie Hunt, who led all scorers with 17 points, putting the ball in the wrong basket to start the game, the Lady Wolverines still managed to take a 9-8 lead after the opening period. Of course, Miller Grove had some help from the Lady Tigers' eight turnovers.
Following a low production on either side in the second frame -- Alcovy scored six points and Miller Grove added seven -- it was a totally different third quarter. Unfortunately for the Lady Tigers, it was Miller Grove who was able to make the adjustments as they extended their lead heading into the final period.