The Lady Cougars opened the series with Shaw in dominating fashion. Alexander took a 26-12 lead after the first quarter and led 40-18 at the half. They went up 61-23 after the third before coasting to the victory.
“Every single girl scored,” said AHS coach Marcy Camp. “They were not a very tall team so we were able to do what we always do, work Daijea [Anderson] and Deanna [Dorsey] inside.”
Alexander’s Molly Brown led all scores in the game with 21 points. Anderson followed with 12.
“This was a fun game for this team,” Camp said. “We needed this before going into battle this weekend.”
In the boys game, Alexander jumped out to a 21-13 first quarter lead but then had seven different guys get into foul trouble. The result was a major turnaround in the game with Shaw going up 40-32 at the half.
“At one point in the game, I loved haver to our bench and we had seven guys there with two fouls,” said AHS coach Jason Slate. “It is amazing how that happened.”
With the starters back in the game in the third quarter, the Cougars made a charge, cutting the deficit to 54-51. However, the team was forced to foul over the final eight minutes leading to more foul trouble and giving Shaw the chance to pull away.
“I felt like we came out and played hard,” Slate said. “When we get in these situations we need to find a way to overcome. We need to make more free throws, and finish around the basket to make it a one or two possession game so we are not forced to foul at the end.”
Karim Mawuenyega led AHS offensively with 21 points. Lemarcus Frazier followed with 14. Mikell Lands netted 11 and Hassani Gravett finished with 10.
The AHS basketball teams will travel to LaGrange for a pair of region games on Friday. Start time is 6 p.m.