Newton’s Deandra Reed takes a jump shot between a couple of Alcovy defenders during the first half of Tuesday’s inaugural game. (Staff photo: Sue Ann Kuhn Smith)
COVINGTON — The Lady Rams established home-court advantage getting the first varsity win in their new gym beating Alcovy 57-34 on Tuesday.
But more important was that it gave the Newton girls a win in Region 2-AAAAAA.
“It feels great to get that first win for three reasons,” Newton girls head coach Tiffani Johnson said. “First it’s a region game. Second it’s our first home game and third it’s a county rivalry. For all those reasons it’s great to get that first win.”
Another first came from Newton’s Sonia Forney as she made history scoring the first basket at a varsity game in the new Newton gym with an assist by Precious Price.
“It felt really good to score that first basket,” Forney said. “It felt real good getting the win. I’m real happy for the team.”
The Lady Rams jumped out to an early 6-0 lead taking advantage of three Alcovy turnovers and three assist by Price.
Newton jumped out to a 14-3 lead before going their shots went cold allowing the Lady Tigers to keep from falling further back as Newton ended the first period leading 16-6.
Newton had several chances to extend their lead late in the second period if not for missed layups. Because of their foul situation, the Lady Rams were not taking the boards the way they had been earlier in the game. The Lady Rams committed 15-team fouls in the first half.
“We’re used to being a little more aggressive then the refs wanted,” Johnson said. “We didn’t do a good job of adjusting to that. That’s one of the things we have to work on. We’re an aggressive team and like to be in your face and we just have to make adjustments the next time.”
Alcovy closed the gap to 26-20 before DeAndra Reed hit a 3-pointer making it a 29-20 halftime lead. Reed led all scorers in the first half with 11 points including three baskets from beyond the arc.
Both teams had their fair share of shots in the third period but each team only managed to hit one basket midway through the period.
The Lady Rams started playing the way they had earlier by establishing the position under the basket converting offensive rebounds to points, something they failed to do in the first half.
“Everyone was about the fouls in the first half, Johnson said. “In the second half we were just trying to slow it down. When we were moving fast, that’s when the fouls were coming. It took over mentally for us.”
Newton took it from a 31-22 game midway through the third period to a 41-24 lead to start the fourth.
The Lady Rams continued to dominate in the fourth frame outscoring the Lady Tigers 16-10.
Twenty-two of Alcovy’s points came from the free-throw line as they went 22-for-33 for the game after going 14-for-19 in the first half.
Reed led all scorers with 15 points followed by Forney with 14. Alcovy’s Daja Barnes led the Lady Tigers in scoring with three players getting six points each.