Alcovy girls race to victory against Jackson

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

So far, the Alcovy girls basketball team is enjoying its Thanksgiving week.

Following a win over rival Newton earlier in the week, the Tigers cruised to a 74-22 victory Friday over Jackson on the first day of the Alcovy Thanksgiving Tournament.

The Tigers never trailed and ran out to a 17-2 lead in the first quarter, thanks to a 13-0 run capped by Lakeiyah Sorrells' three-pointer.

Alcovy led 21-4 after one quarter but opened things up in a dominant second. Leading 27-10, the Tigers ended the first half on a 17-2 spurt as Sorrells scored six of her game-high 15 points to push the advantage to 44-12 at halftime.

"I think we focused a lot more the last few days of practice, looking for quality shots, just exercising a little patience," Alcovy coach Kidada Holtzclaw said. "That has helped us tremendously."

It also helped Friday that the Tigers had their best defensive effort and strongest rebounding game of the young season. Alcovy forced 18 turnovers and had eight offensive rebounds in the first half.

In the third quarter, Meagan Tucker (10 points, eight rebounds) and Gabby Sherwood (eight points) each made two quick baskets to push the lead to 54-13. The visiting Red Devils, who Holtzclaw said would be one of the few teams this year that possess the same size disadvantage that plagues the guard-heavy Tigers, got just four field goals the rest of the game.

Alcovy continued dominating on the glass as well, outrebounding Jackson 13-4 in the second half to finish the game with a 31-15 rebounding advantage.

"It'll probably be the only time where the team wasn't bigger than our whole team," Holtzclaw said. "I was very pleased with how our girls anticipated shots, how they pursued. That was pleasing. That was our main focus -- play team defense, make sure we put a hand in people's faces."

The Tigers were balanced offensively as seven players, including Sorrells, Tucker and Sherwood, scored at least seven points.

Alcovy, in its first year hosting a Thanksgiving tournament, will return to the court today at 5 p.m. against Lithia Springs.