During the next two games, the Alexander girls team will learn a lot about themselves.
The Cougars host defending Class AAAAAA champion Mays tonight before entertaining New Manchester on Saturday.
“These are two very big games for us,” Alexander junior point guard Kim Lawson said. “We need to use these two games to gain some momentum as we continue into the season.”
Alexander is 5-1 overall and 2-1 in Region 5-AAAAAA with its only loss coming to defending region-champion Douglas County at home. Mays is 2-2 and 2-1 in the region.
The Raiders only loss was to New Manchester on the road.
“We took the Douglas County loss as motivation,” Lawson said. “It just showed us that we have to work a lot harder.”
Despite its 35-point loss to Douglas County at home, Cougars coach Adam Watts said he saw some positives from his young team.
“We are disappointed with the score but we did see some positive things,” he said. “We didn’t execute when we had some scoring opportunities. We didn’t finish on the offensive end of the court. We talked about things that we have to do better to win more games. We definitely have to play better in these next two games.”
Mays graduated region player of the year Kamiyah Street, who is now a starting guard at Kennesaw State. After starting its region schedule with a loss at New Manchester, the Raiders have won their last two games against Northgate and Tri-Cities.
Alexander is averaging 53 points per game with senior Alliee Pattillo leading the way with an 11.7 average. Lawson is second on the team with a 7.8 scoring average.
Alexander is mostly playing freshmen and sophomores at key positions.
“These next two games are big for us,” Watts said. “Offensively, I feel we are doing okay. We have the ability to put the ball in the hole. Defensively we struggle with size. We have a lot of young kids playing with only two seniors.”
But the team is confident in its ability.
“These next two games are suppose to show us where we stand,” Pattillo said. “We look to do well to give us some confidence.”