Published Thu, Feb 2, 2012 10:25 pm Dateline
Updated Thu, Feb 2, 2012 11:14 pm
Alexander got their second win of the season tonight as they defeated Meigs 52-34.
The Spartans looked like a completely different team than the last time they faced the Marauders and walked away with their heads hanging from a 46-39 loss.
Through tough defense, not turning the ball over, sinking clutch shots and being consistent from the foul line, Alexander controlled the game and is now tied with Meigs in the TVC-Ohio at 2-6.
“I thought we played really hard,” said Alexander Head Coach Denton Guthrie. “We made our foul shots and got defensive stops when we needed to and we didn’t turn the ball over as much the second half.”
The (2-16) Spartans were an astonishing 20 for 22 on free throws with Junior Kaylee Koker leading the team making 12 of her 14 foul shots.
Koker had 21 points and six rebounds while freshman teammate Allyson Malone finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. Malone and Marilyn Rankin were both four for four from the foul line, which added to Rankin’s 10 points.
Many of these opportunities came from Meigs senior guards Danielle Cullums and Tori Wolfe who fouled out with less than a minute left.
Cullums drove hard to the basket trying to break Alexander’s resilient defense. She was able to put up nine points and grab six rebounds but was shut down to zero in the fourth quarter.
Wolfe led on the stats sheet for the Marauders with 12 points and six rebounds.
Meigs has now lost their last seven games and their record drops to (3-15). They look to get back on track as they host Wellston (10-6) (3-4) while Alexander will look to grab another W when they host the TVC-Ohio leader, Athens Bulldogs (12-5) (6-10) on Monday.
“We’ve got two really big games,” said Guthrie. “It’d be great to play really well these last two games going into the tournament. It would mean a lot to these girls, to me and to our fans if we would just go out and play our butts off. Win or lose, it doesn’t matter, as long as we play hard, I’m happy.”