COVINGTON — The Alcovy girls overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to beat county-rival Eastside 62-53 while the Eastside boys outscored the Tigers 34-4 in the fourth quarter on their way to a 101-23 win on Saturday.
The Lady Eagles jumped out to a quick 13-2 lead putting the Alcovy girls on their heals with the help of three consecutive 3-pointers by Zaria Barton, Jymara Smith and Deshantra Kelly.
Even though the Lady Tigers fought hard in the second quarter, they were still down 31-21 at the half.
However, the beginning of the second half was a new ball game for the Lady Tigers as they went on a 10-2 run making it a two-point, 33-31, game with. After tying the game at 36 with 1:11 left in the frame, Alcovy took the lead before the Lady Eagles managed to maintain the lead, 40-39, at the end of the third.
“I told them prior to (game) that fatigue was going to be a factor,” Alcovy girls head coach David Baker said.
Eastside tried to take over the game jumping out to a seven-point, 47-40, lead to start the final period. But the Lady Tigers responded by going on a run of their own with Tierra Hodges scoring eight of the 10 points to take the lead. Hodges finished the game with 24 points scoring 10 in the fourth period.
“What can I say about Tierra Hodges, she’s always been consistent each and every game on both sides always making a difference,” Baker said.
Also scoring in double figures for the Lady Tigers were Kiara Bagby with 11 and Ayanna Wimbush scoring 16.
Kelly paced the Lady Eagles on the scoreboard with 13 points followed by Smith who had 10 points.
“I’ve been waiting on Kiara to come around like this since the beginning of the season. I been telling her to stick with her shot and continue being aggressive,” Baker said. “They deserve this, they’ve been playing hard.”
Even though the Tigers sank the first basket in the boys game, it became apparent that Eastside was a bit more focused and ready to play than Alcovy.
Eastside jumped all over the Tigers outscoring Alcovy 33-5 in the second quarter taking a 51-12 halftime lead.
The Eagles continued their dominance as the starter stayed in the game as they took an 85-16 lead to start the final quarter.
“It’s a testimonial to our conditioning and our preparation. We don’t take anybody lightly,” Eastside boys head coach Gregory Freeman said. “I don’t think it was necessarily showing them up I think it was more us playing our game and making shots.”
Treyvon Francis led all scorers with 29 points sinking six 3-pointers. Also hitting double-digit scoring were Anthony Henderson (17) Daniel Oduah (15) and Larry Saxton (12).
Eastside played bench players to start the fourth before finishing the game with freshmen moved up from the jv team.
“I just give credit to Eastside,” Alcovy boys interim head coach Eric Hollier. “They came out with intensity and outworked us. we just need to get better at outworking teams. When you bring maximum effort and intensity to the game good things happen.”