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PREP BASKETBALL: Alcovy Lady Tigers fall short in second round of tournament
Unique Reed
Alcovy Lady Tigers Unique Reed hit a late three to help her team pull within four points, but they could not overcome the Dougherty Lady Trojans in the second round of the Greenberg and Price Annual Christmas Tournament. Photo by Michael Pope.

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. - The Alcovy Lady Tigers showed fight throughout the contest, but could not overcome the Dougherty Lady Trojans in a 45-37 contest in the second round of the Greenberg and Price Annual Christmas Tournament at Woodland High School. 

Despite the tough loss, which came down to the last few minutes of play, the Lady Tigers head coach Justin Hunter was overall pleased with his team's overall effort in the contest. He knows they have to do a better job of executing to win games against tough opponents like Dougherty.

"Both teams played with a lot of effort, but it's the execution. I'm not sure what our free-throw percentages were, but we left a lot of free throws out there that we needed to convert," Hunter said. "There were some defensive execution in spans and then with rebounds too, so there were some little things, but that game was within reach the whole time, but I was pleased totally with the effort. I'm not disappointed at all."

Unlike the Lady Tigers' last game where Ajoyous Tuggle went for 20 points, the scoring came from all over instead of a single dominant scorer. Dalehia Bolden led the way with nine points on the evening with Unique Reed following her with six points. 

The lack of overall scoring was the ultimate difference for the Lady Tigers in the match, but Hunter was happy with the fight of his team and believes they are ready for the grind of region play, which is set to commence in the coming weeks. 

"I think almost every loss we have had has come against teams with winning records, so hopefully, this sharpens us up for region," Hunter said. "I'm excited because I think the girls are ready, and we have a lot of experience going into that type of region play. You can always predict, but the prediction and reality are two different things. We'll see what the realization is once we go through our region once and make adjustments from there."

The Lady Tigers will start their region schedule in their next game, which will be on the road against the Greenbrier Wolfpack on Friday, Jan. 3.