Alexander Girls: Dec. 15-19< < Back to
Three games in one week is nothing new for most high school basketball teams, but the Alexander Lady Spartans’ 1-2 week had to be draining.
The Lady Spartans (3-3, 2-1) started off with a road game in Lucasville last Saturday. It was a hard-fought game–one that couldn't be settled in regulation–and it took two overtime periods to finally decide a winner. Alexander shot just 9-of-20 from the free throw line, and fell 73-63.
After that emotional game, the Lady Spartans had to turn around and play Vinton County on Monday. The Lady Vikings came into Albany and played well the entire time, but this time Alexander came away with it. After shooting 45 percent from the line on Saturday, the Lady Spartans responded by nailing 33-of-44, including all 16 of their fourth-quarter attempts.
Leah Richardson led the way for Alexander with 17 points, including 11 free throws in the second half. The Lady Spartans wrestled to grab a substantial lead the whole time, and finally pulled away at the end to come away with a 57-43 win.
To cap off the big week, Alexander made the short trip to Nelsonville-York to take on the Lady Buckeyes. Unlike the first two games of the week, this one was never close. Alexander scored the first three points of the game, but the Lady Spartans couldn’t hang with Nelsonville-York the rest of the game.
The Alexander ball handlers couldn’t handle the full-court pressure by the Lady Buckeyes, as they committed 25 turnovers and shot just 28 percent from the field. Nelsonville-York made nine consecutive shots to start the game, and Alexander never got back into the game. The Lady Buckeyes coasted down the stretch and defeated Alexander 58-44.
The Lady Spartans have a much lighter Christmas week. They play Monday at home against Claymont, then have time off until next Saturday, when they host Federal Hocking.