Tuscaloosa Academy Boys and Girls Dominates in Home Opener
The Tuscaloosa Academy Girls basketball team are on the quest for a 3-peat in state titles and from the looks of it. they're well on the way with a 51-12 victory over Patrician Academy.
Well coached and methodical in their approach the girls team would warm-up in a business like demeanor and ready to get the job done.
The girls started the night off the double header with easy baskets created by strong defense. Carly King led the way with 11 points. Coming alive in the 2nd quarter and draining 2 from deep to further the gap going into the half.
Millie Mullin and Willesha Lang continued this effort by contributing 4 points a piece in the 3rd Quarter and finishing with 8 and 10 points for the game respectively.
The boys followed up with an overwhelming combination of cohesiveness, shooting, and defense to dominate Patrician Academy in almost all facets of the game.
While facing a 2-3 defense The Knights quickly adjusted to a 4 out 1 in scheme, attacking the weak point of the zone with quick passes and cuts. Defensively, the Knights showed tenacity as well using heavy ball pressure and traps to disrupt any possible rhythm Patrician Academy had. Leaving the score at 19-2 through the quarter.
This high intensity would carry on as the Knights smelt blood in the water and continued to pour on. Using steals to create easy baskets in transition. The Saints attempted to counter this scheme by matching the aggression in getting to the line which resulted in free throws leaving the score at 30-8 at the half.
Unfortunately things just didn't turn around for the Saints with multiple 3's rimming out and costly turnovers serving as body blows to any possible chance of a comeback.
The Knights however were simply the better team. Using their depth to further solidify the lead the Tuscaloosa Academy had 9 players contribute 5 or more points in a 71-15 victory. Sam Rowley led all scorers with 11 points 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. Key contributors included Carson Clayton, Elliot Mount, and Wilson King who contributed 8 points a piece.