Alcovy girls roll again with win over Rockdale

COVINGTON -- The Alcovy girls basketball team has one Region 2-AAAAAA game left at Luella on Friday to achieve its goal of going undefeated in back-to-back region seasons. The Lady Tigers' latest victim was Rockdale, which fell 48-32 on Tuesday.

"It would be great if we could do that," Alcovy head coach Kidada Holtzclaw said. "Not a lot of people can do that."

The game was close with Alcovy (18-6, 11-0) scoring on short bursts of four- to six-straight points. However, the Lady Tigers allowed Rockdale (13-9, 6-4) two- to four -unanswered points, not letting Alcovy to extend its lead by much.

Just like the first quarter, the Lady Tigers closed out the second period strong, extending their lead. Alcovy finished the first half on a 9-0 run to take a 31-19 advantage heading into the locker room.

"We had a rough start," Holtzclaw said. "Our game plan is to work inside out, and I think some of the kids may have thought I said outside in, and those shots weren't falling. We were going inside early, but I thought we had some shots inside where we got hacked a little bit and we weren't able to finish those."

Also like the start of the first half, neither team was able to find the bottom of the net in the third. The first field goal of the second half came with 4:05 left in the third quarter on a score by Meagan Tucker, who ended the night with 10 points.

It took the Lady Bulldogs a little while longer to score. Their first points of the second half did not come until there was 1:04 remaining in the third period on a Brianna Patton three-point play. Alcovy continued to put points on the board a 40-23 lead into the fourth.

Alcovy's Ashley Williams led all scorers with 13 points. Brianna Sherwood and Jasmine Hodges finished the game with six points each.

Alcovy added to its total a few points at time while the Lady Bulldogs, who averaged eight points a quarter, could not find a way to score quick enough. Eight of Rockdale's final 32 came in the final 2:40 when Alcovy took its regular players off the court.

Leading the Lady Bulldogs on the scoreboard was Jonai Jackson with eight points followed by Breanna Richardson with seven points.

"We don't want to play this way; we want to play our best basketball in February," Holtzclaw said. "But we'll take this win."