Tucker leads the charge as Blue Devils topple Lady Eagles

BasketballBy Kedrick Storey

Southern Sentinel

FALKNER – Last season, the Ashland Lady Blue Devils earned their first trip to the Big House. They look ready to make a return trip.

Tuesday night, senior guard Alontra Tucker led four Ashland players in double figures with 19 points in a 78-42 victory against the Falkner Lady Eagles. The Lady Blue Devils improved to 12-3 on the year, their only losses to Class 4A schools Byhalia, Ripley and Holly Springs. They recently toppled Class 5A Center Hill.

“We’re just playing team ball,” said fourth-year coach Ayesha Brooks. “They see the goal in front of them and they’re going after it.”

With an eight-point lead to start the second quarter, Ashland blew the game open with 18-4 run, by forcing turnovers on one end and netting points in the paint on the other.

Multiple low-post buckets from Jaliyah Godwin, Brianna Reeves and Tymentrica Reaves pushed the lead to 36-15. Godwin added 12 points, Brianna Reeves 11, and Tymentrica Reaves 10 on the night.

Tucker ended the half with consecutive steals and layups to give Ashland a 41-17 halftime lead.

“We’re just trying to improve our chemistry. We want to go again and come back with something,” said Tucker, who leads Ashland in scoring, steals and assists and has eight junior college offers on the table, including ICC and Northeast. “We think we’re one of the best teams around here.”

Williams scores 30

Falkner’s leading scorer, Brianna Williams, had 30 points in the loss. Her ninth 30-point game of the year couldn’t overcome 36 team turnovers.

“I thought it might be a close game at the start, but you can’t give a team like that that many turnovers,” said Falkner coach Jeremy White. “It was like 4-point swings all night.”

(B) Ashland 55, Falkner 48: Travagus Peterson’s only bucket of the second half gave Ashland (7-9) a 47-46 lead with 2:39 to play, their first since the opening quarter that they made hold up.

Damion Williams led Ashland with 23 points. Ethan Prather paced Falkner (8-4) with 15 points.

kedrick.storey@journalinc.com