The Lady Cougars of Alexander picked up a much needed win in the consolation bracket.
AHS took on Cobb County’s Roswell High School, and after a slow start, went on to win a low scoring affair, 40-33.
“We were cold in the first quarter and were lucky even if we hit the rim,” said Alexander coach Marcy Camp. “In the second quarter we started shooting and played well the rest of the game despite many kids on the team being sick.”
Cold is exactly what the Lady Cougars were in the first period as they scored only five points and trailed 10-5.
However, the game turned around in the second. Alexander outscored Roswell 20-13 in the period for a 25-23 lead. The Lady Cougar defense stepped up in the third period, allowing Roswell only two points. They led 33-25 with eight minutes to play.
The fourth period was an even match, with AHS scoring seven points and Roswell netting eight. Alexander held on for the win.
I am really excited that we won,” Camp said. “We played well on offense and our defense is only getting better.”
Molly Brown, despite being sick, led the team with 15 points. Claudia Hester followed with 10. Deanna Dorsey scored eight points.
Overall, Camp was really happy with the team’s play as a team, and especially with her guards Brown, Hester, and Rachel Robinson, and Treasure Matthews.
“Even without Molly, the guards are taking charge,” said Camp after explaining that Roswell tried to box-and-one Brown for most of the game. “Treasure is not a big scorer but she plays fantastic defense and does a good job of getting the ball down court.
Camp added that the inside play of Dorsey and Daijea Anderson also improves each game and she calls them her “dynamic duo”.
The Lady Jags will will now take on MLK on the final day of the Classic today. Game time will be 1 p.m.
The boys played at 8:30 p.m. and information was not available by deadline. If they won they will play today at 8:30 p.m. in the championship game.
The New Manchester girls took on MLK in the consolation bracket on Friday and lost 54-37.
The Lady Jags played a solid first half, leading 14-13 after the first period and tied at 25-25 going into the half.
However, the team struggled in the second half, getting outscored 13-6 and 16-6 over the final two periods.
“We came out very strong, and played well offensively,” said NMHS coach Josh Martin. “However, Deesha [Brefford] sprained her ankle at the end of the third quarter and that hurt us. They also went to zone and we did not adjust well.”
Despite playing just three periods, Brefford had a team tying high 11 points with teammate Jonika Jones.
“Jonika had a good offensive night and is a more than capable shooter,” Martin said. “She has really stepped up and is building confidence in herself.”
Deshauna Smith added six points for New Manchester.
The Lady Jags will be back at the tourney today to play Roswell at 10 a.m. Brefford’s status for the game is questionable.