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NewRock Showcase: Lady Tigers struggle in second half
Ajoyous Tuggle
Alcovy Lady Tigers Ajoyous Tuggle dribbles through some Rockdale County Bulldogs in the NewRock Showcase. Photo by Michael Pope.

COVINGTON, Ga. — Alcovy tipped off the high school basketball showcase in their match against the Rockdale County Lady Bulldogs that ended in an unfavorable fashion for the host Lady Tigers. 

Although the Lady Tigers were outscored in every quarter, the game was much closer in the early stages of the contest that ultimately resulted in a 64-40 loss. 

The Lady Tigers kept pace with the Lady Bulldogs in the first half and only trailed by 8 points at the halftime break. This seemed to be more of a case where the Lady Tigers went cold after the halftime break, while the Lady Bulldogs only heated up from that point. 

The main contributor for the Lady Bulldogs was Shaquice May, who ended up accounting for 30 of the Lady Bulldogs' 64 points while only registering points in three quarters. 

The Lady Tigers were once again led by solid nights from Ajoyous Tuggle, who finished with 10 points, and Serai Johnson, who finished as the team's leading scorer with 13 points.

Despite Tuggle and Johnson reaching double digits, the Lady Tigers seemed to struggle to get shots to fall throughout the contest, but especially in the second half. Head coach Justin Hunter agreed with that sentiment and believed the difference in both teams was ultimately each team's ability to execute. 

"We didn't play four complete quarters of basketball, you look at the first half, and you can say it was a much closer game," Hunter said. "Hats off to Rockdale, they executed more than us today, but we'll use this an opportunity to learn for future matchups."

Hunter believes the effort was there from his squad and seemed to be pleased, despite the lackluster showing from his team. It was not that he was delighted with the performance of his team, but more confident in their ability and knows that they can fix the issues that came to a head in this game.

"We've got to learn to play with urgency," Hunter said. "We've got to play at the elite level like Rockdale, who is an elite program, so we can use this as a measuring stick to get us to where we want to go."

Hunter and his squad will hit practice hard and look to bounce back from this performance in their next game, which will come on the road on Tuesday, Nov. 19, against Drew Charter in the East Lake neighborhood of Atlanta.