COVINGTON -- The Alcovy girls took advantage of just about every Newton miscue while the Newton boys almost allowed the Tigers to win in dramatic fashion in front of a packed house on Friday.
In the first game, the Lady Tigers (15-6, 9-0) had little trouble against the host team (12-4, 4-2) in their all-important Region 2-AAAAAA, 63-44 win. In the boys game, a slow second half from the Rams (13-7, 4-4) almost led to Alcovy's (6-14, 2-7) comeback but Newton was able to hold on to a 46-42 win.
It may have taken a while before the ball found the bottom of the net in the boys game with Alcovy's Shane Lawrence, who had nine points in the game, scoring the first points of the game with 4:36 left in the first quarter, but once it did the game became a battle to the end.
After the Rams tied the game at 11 early in the second quarter, they went on to dominate the frame with a 28-17 halftime lead with the help of a pair of 3-pointers by Jalen Glover, who had nine points in the game, and Rody Mitchell to set the tone.
While Newton did what it needed to do in the first half to control the game, the second half seemed to belong to the Tigers.
Alcovy fought back on defense to hold Newton to five points in the third period. Unfortunately, it was unable to do much offensively, barely cutting into the Rams' lead and ending the third quarter trailing 33-26.
The Rams briefly extended their lead before Alcovy made a comeback. The Tigers cut the score to 39-35 with 3:06 left to play. The game got even tighter when the Tigers' Jovon Rosse made it 43-42 on a putback with 32 seconds showing on the clock.
After Newton went 1-for-2 from the free-throw line, the Tigers got the ball back with 20 seconds. But both their initial shot with five seconds left and the open putback failed to go in, giving Newton the win.
Alcovy's Tyquan Lewis led all scorers with 11 points followed by Newton's Rashard Cabane with 10.
In the girls game, the Lady Tigers' dominance did not begin to show itself until the second period. After ending the first period with a 7-7 tie, Alcovy's Meagan Tucker went on a scoring spree with 10 points. Also allowing the Lady Tigers to control the game with a 31-16 lead was Ashley Williams who had 15-first half points.
While Alcovy's play helped them take the lead, Newton's fouling contributed as well.
"There were a lot of things that hurt us," Newton head coach Tiffani Johnson said. "We just didn't execute anything and that's why we lost the game."
In the first half, the Lady Tigers were 11-for-14 from the free-throw line. Of Tucker's 26 points in the game, 15 came from the line as she was 15-for-18.
Even though the Lady Rams outscored Alcovy in the third quarter 17-13, Alcovy was too strong as they shut down any hopes Newton had for a comeback.
Williams also had double-digit scoring for the Lady Tigers with 21 points. Pacing Newton on the scoreboard were Sonia Forney with 17 points and Precious Price with 13.
"We have a group of role players who accept their role and do an outstanding job," Alcovy head coach Kidada Holtzclaw said. "I can't say enough about how well our team is playing together. Our team really stepped up and embraced the things we're trying to do. We're just getting it done."