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PREP BASKETBALL: Alcovy Lady Tigers led by outstanding defense in win
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As the Lady Tigers main ball handler, Unique Reed led the team in scoring on a slow offensive night. Photo by Michael Pope.

COVINGTON,Ga. - The Alcovy Lady Tigers defeated the Lamar County Lady Trojans in a 35-27 game that was an offensive struggle for both teams.

Despite the slow offensive play on both ends, the Lady Tigers led from start to finish and seemed to be in full control. Their ability to do that stood out to head coach Justin Hunter, and he was very pleased to see that. 

"The tempo that was being played was more of a half-court tempo, which limited the number of opportunities to score," Hunter said. "We were always in control from the early part on. I was proud of our girls to maintain a lead and a lead that was not necessarily large, but still maintain control like it was a large lead."

With offenses struggling to put up points on both ends, this could definitely be deemed more of a defensive game, and the Lady Tigers were constantly forcing turnovers. Hunter loves to see that defensive effort from his squad as it can take them a long way if they play that tenacious on defense. 

"We all try to bring strategies, and those guys try to implement strategies with these kids that will help them succeed," Hunter said. "It was a great defensive game because hats off to that Lamar County team, but they went 25-3, so that tells you what type of team they are. We played with great defensive focus."

The Lady Tigers did, however, have some outstanding offensive efforts on the night, and Unique Reed led the way for their team with 11 points. Reed was comfortable dribbling and driving or taking shots from beyond the arc and really played to whatever the Lady Trojans defense allowed her to do. 

She stepped up when her team needed her, and Hunter was proud of her play.

"I'm proud of her, and I don't think she came off the court other than one time, so she was out there a lot and had to curtail the defense," Hunter said.

Another player, who caught the coaching staff of the Lady Tigers eyes, was Dalehia Bolden. She did an excellent job of scoring as the team's second-leading scorer, but it was her rebounding that caught the eyes of the coaches.

"I think so far in this game tonight, Dalehia Bolden had at least 15 rebounds, and that just deserves to be recognized," Hunter said. "I think she has tuned in as the season has gotten going, and I think tonight she got going in the right direction."

Hunter was also proud of the efforts of freshman Terica Smith and Kaila Fallen, who played due to a few injuries. The injuries were not serious, but players were held out for precautionary measures. 

This was an impressive win against a formidable Lamar County team, and the Lady Tigers are starting to build a bit of a winning streak, and they will quickly jump back into action. 

The Lady Tigers' next game comes on Saturday, Nov. 23 against the Bethlehem Christian Academy in the Douglas County High School Thanksgiving Classic.