Published Sat, Dec 17, 2011 2:32 pm Dateline
The Alexander Lady Spartans looked for their first win of the season at the Convocation Center against the Pickerington North Lady Tigers in the Warehouse Tire Invitational. However, a win was not in the cards against a formidable division one opponent.
Things started off rough when the Tigers took charge and refused to let Alexander put numbers up as they took a 19-2 lead before the second quarter even started.
A spark of hope shone for the Spartans when they converted four quick points in the start of the second quarter, but was soon put out and put away by the Tigers as they answered those shots with a 10-0 run of their own, making the score 33-9 at the half.
In the second half, the Lady Tigers’ zone defense frustrated Alexander, which paved an ever greater lead for Pickerington North as they increased the score to 52-10 by the end of the third quarter.
The Lady Spartains just couldn’t get things going the entire second half against the Tigers, and only managed to put two points up on the board the entire second half, leaving the game in a 67-11 defeat from the Lady Tigers.
Although the game ended in a loss for the Spartans today, Alexander Head Coach Denton Guthrie remains positive, believing his young Spartans will mature as the season goes along.
Alexander’s Kaylee Koker had the most points in the game for her team with five, along with four rebounds. Ally Malone was close behind, contributing three. For Pickerington North, the numbers were a bit greater, as Phulicia Johnson put up 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists; with teammate Morgan Tomsic contributing 7 points and 6 rebounds.
The Lady Tigers improve to 2-4 on the season as Alexander drops to 0-7. The Lady Spartans will continue to seek out their first win when they play another out-of-conference team, the South Point Pointers on their court on December 19th. After a long break, the victorious Lady Tigers take their game to Newark on January 3rd.