Updated Fri, Jan 18, 2013 3:55 pm
Having won their last two games, the Nelsonville-York Lady Buckeyes (11-3, 5-2 TVC-Ohio) hosted the Alexander Lady Spartans (4-12, 1-6 TVC-Ohio) in hopes of notching a third consecutive victory. The Lady Bucks’ were able tally that third consecutive win as they held off the Lady Spartans in a competitive back-and-forth clash, 47-41.
Nelsonville-York led the Lady Spartans, 39-35, midway through the fourth quarter, however Alexander junior guard Allyson Malone hit a three-point shot that drew a foul, capping a four-point-play to tie the game at 39. Following the four-point-play, the inexperience of the young team came out, as the Lady Buckeyes were able to draw a lead and force Alexander to foul in the games final few minutes.
Despite the loss, Alexander showed improvement in the game and they showed up to play early on.
The Lady Spartans forced several turnovers that resulted in easy fast break buckets that put them ahead 12-4, forcing a Nelsonville-York timeout. Following the timeout, the Lady Buckeyes were able to regroup and head into the second quarter down 14-11.
However, the story of the night came at the close of the second quarter when senior star Kaylee Koker went down with an apparent left leg injury. Koker left the game with six points, but the emotional loss of Koker lifted the Lady Spartans as a team and they were able to regroup in the second half with high intensity.
Despite the intensity of both teams, the contest was fairly low-scoring in comparison to the last meeting between these two teams where NY defeated Alexander 71-41. This time around, turnovers plagued both teams as Nelsonville-York forced Alexander into committing 24 turnovers while the Lady Bucks’ coughed the ball up an additional 22 times of their own.
“When we’re out there all I think about is defense,” said junior guard Jennah Addis. “I know that we got to stop the ball and that’s what turns into our offense and I work hard every play.” Addis closed the game with four steals, two blocks, and a team-high four assists.
The Lady Buckeyes head to Athens Jan. 24 to take on the Lady Bulldogs in a TVC-Ohio battle. Alexander’s next game is Jan. 18 at 4:30 p.m. against Oak Hills at Alexander High School.