JACKSONVILLE — It wasn’t pretty, by any means — thanks in large to the 50 combined fouls — but after a 61-46 win over rival Jacksonville on Thursday, Alexandria’s boys are 1-0.
“We have a lot of young, inexperienced guys that have not played at the varsity level yet, so they were a little nervous,” Alexandria head coach Jason Johnson said. “I’m glad they were able to get the jitters out, however.
“I like Jacksonville’s effort tonight. I think they did a good job. Coach (Cordell) Hunt is going to do a great job up here.”
The game’s first half went by at a snail-crawling pace as 33 fouls were called — 18 in the first quarter — so both teams were shooting in the double-bonus most of the second quarter before Alexandria took a 32-24 lead into halftime.
The two teams combined to go 21 of 36 from the free throw line (Alexandria 17-of-22, Jacksonville 4-of-14) during the first 16 minutes of game action. Alexandria’s Dalton Dodd made 11 of 12.
“Being early in the year, I think both teams weren’t playing real good technique defense,” Johnson said. “We had to adjust our play towards the way the game was being called, which it was called well.
“We just have to learn to move our feet a little bit better on defense, but I liked our aggressiveness.”
The aggressiveness on defense led to Alexandria pulling away during the third quarter to earn the win.
Dodd led all scorers with 17 points to go along with seven rebounds, three steals and one block despite picking up his fourth foul with 3:36 left in the third quarter. Josh Tucker joined Dodd in double-figures as he added 12. Austin Taylor and Jamal Tucker had nine and eight points, respectively.
For Jacksonville (1-2), Alex Gilbert sank three 3-point shots to lead the Golden Eagles in scoring with nine points. Rivan Hill added seven, while Alex Davis and DeAndre McCain both finished with six points each.
Jacksonville girls 52, Alexandria 40: Despite getting 29 points and 13 rebounds from Bre Bradford, Alexandria fell to Jacksonville, which is now 3-1.
Kyra Williams finished as the Golden Eagles’ leading scorer with 20 points to go along with nine assists and nine steals.
Aniyah Robinson finished with 16 points, while Aniyah Jefferson added nine and seven rebounds. Sierra Stone chipped in with three points, nine rebounds, five steals and three blocks.