Because last week’s snow storm canceling three of their games, the Valley Cubs entered Monday night having been idle since the Calhoun County tournament 10 days earlier. But the long layoff was not enough to stop Alexandria’s boys from hammering Cleburne County 81-51.
“We were a little rusty,” Alexandria coach Jason Johnson said, “but I was proud of the effort. We got after it. We had a little rusty ball handling at first. But, the effort was there. We had a nice night.”
Alexandria (15-6) led by only five points after one quarter but took off in the second quarter for a 41-22 halftime lead.
The visiting Tigers (9-14) staged a comeback in the third quarter to within 10.
Even so, the Valley Cubs proved too much for the Tigers to handle.
“We obviously dug ourselves a hole,” Cleburne County coach Doug Ward said. “I like the way we didn’t quit. We played hard.”
Monday also saw Alexandria honor its seniors. Johnson said he “thought they all did really well,” and he was proud of them.
“It was huge,” senior guard Gabe Marchal said. “We had that snow break and all of our games got cancelled. But, senior night, last regular-season home game, I loved it. I cherished every moment of it.”
Marchal finished with six points. C.J. Swink led Alexandria with 20 points and 15 rebounds.
Alexandria girls 48, Cleburne County 40: Alexandria faced an even longer layoff than the school’s boys. They lost in the opening round of the Calhoun County tournament giving them 16 days until playing again Monday.
After a slow start, the Lady Cubs shook off their rust for a win.
“I was really nervous as to how we were going to come out and play,” Alexandria coach Philip Hartsfield said. “But it really didn’t affect us the way I thought it would.”
Senior guard Ariel Tuck led Alexandria (8-14) with 13 points. She said the seniors “all wanted to play hard and win” on a night in which the program honored its seniors.
“We came out and played our hearts out and we came out with a win” she said.