Friday night the Alcovy Lady Tigers hosted the Lady Mustangs of Morrow and pulled out a last second 64-62 victory for their second win of the season.
The win improves the Lady Tigers' record to 2-5 overall.
“We just took things one play at a time and the girls really trusted each other,” Lady Tigers coach David Baker said.
The first quarter was a heavily defensively contested period by both teams, with the quarter ending with
the Lady Tigers leading 12-9.
The second quarter still showed great defense, but it also brought out the potent high-paced offense of the Lady Mustangs. Morrow outscored the Lady Tigers 17-8 in the period to carry a 26-20 lead into halftime.
In the third quarter, the Lady Tigers needed a spark from one of their players to keep up with the Lady Mustangs' offense, and they got it from sophomore forward Tierra Hodges.
But, despite Hodges play in the third quarter, the Lady Tigers entered the fourth quarter trailing by two points.
The fourth quarter began with the Lady Tigers taking a 46-45 lead after a 3-pointer by senior guard Breanna Sherwood.
“I felt good about her (taking that shot)," Baker said. "I had been talking to her about just taking things one play at a time."
The teams exchanged the lead in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Tigers took it for good after a shot by junior guard Kiara Bagby gave them a 61-60 advantage.
The Lady Mustangs turned the ball over on their next offensive possession, and Hodges made another big play, scoring on a layup with less than 14 seconds remaining in the game. A free throw by Ayanna Wimbush gave the Tigers a 64-62 win.
Hodges led the team in scoring with 18 points, but received great help from her teammates.
“Our seniors stepped up really big in this game for us and Tierra played great too,” Baker said.
The win was even sweeter for one of the Tigers new assistant coaches, who was a member of that Lady Mustangs staff last year.
“This win was for our assistant coach who was with Morrow last year,” Baker said.
The Alcovy Tigers played host to their third region game of the season, but were defeated by the Morrow Mustangs, 63-51 Friday night.
The game began in chaos for the Tigers as the Mustangs leaped out to an 8-0 lead and ended the
quarter with a 16-3 advantage.
The second quarter started off in similar fashion as the Mustangs took a 29-10 lead. Then, the Tigers would showed some fight, going on a 12-0 scoring run to cut the Mustang's lead to seven.
“We’re progressing in the right direction," Tigers coach Jabari Levi said. "Take one thing and work on the others. We are a very young team."
The Tigers ended the quarter on a 6-0 scoring run and only trailed by four points at halftime.
The Mustangs regained their composure in the third, running up their lead to 12 with a 40-28 advantage, but the Tigers weren’t done.
The Tigers scored five consective points to make things interesting again, but they couldn’t stop the Mustangs' offense that was being orchestrated perfectly by Cameron Davis. The quarter ended with the Mustangs holding a 47-38 lead.
The Tigers continued to fight back in the fourth, but the offense of Davis and Benjamin Stewart eventually helped the Mustangs pull away and win the game, 63-51.
“Despite the loss, I am proud of how we are progressing and this was a total team effort here today," Levi said.
One factor that played into the loss for the Tigers was poor perimeter jump shooting.
“We don’t have a lot of good shooters," Levi said. "We have to be patient.”
The loss put the Tigers at 1-3 overall.