Only six days ago Alexander was on the receiving end of a 26-point loss to New Manchester on the road.
The Cougars got their revenge on Saturday night in a huge Region 5-AAAAAA contest on Senior Night.
Alexander senior Alliee Patillo made a pair of free throws in the closing second to ice a 42-39 win to avenge the earlier loss.
New Manchester junior Makaila Cange missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have sent the game into overtime.
On Monday in a makeup game, New Manchester won 61-35.
“We played really well on defense (Saturday),” Alexander coach Adam Watts said. “We had players diving on the floor for loose balls.”
Watts noted the performance of senior forward Kiara Watson, who had 17 rebounds and seven blocked shots to go with four points.
“One of the biggest states on the night were those rebounds,” Watts said. “She didn’t score a lot of points but those rebounds against a tall team like New Manchester was huge.”
And the free throws by Patillo was also a big difference.
“I didn’t play the best game so I had to do something to make up for it,” said Patillo, who finished with only five points. “I wanted to help my team. I knew they had to foul and I wanted the ball. My teammates trust me at the free throw line.”
The Cougars were led by freshman Chloe Pollack and junior MaryKate Eubanks, who both had eight points each. Junior Jenuwin Drayton finished with seven points.
With the win, Alexander won its third straight and improved to 13-9 overall and 10-4 in the region. New Manchester ended its three-game winning streak and dropped to 14-6 and 9-4.
Watts said his team’s focus was the big key.
“We played four games this week and ended it on a good note,” Watts said. “We are were we want to be as far as the region standings.”
Alexander plays at Northgate on Tuesday and ends the regular season hosting Mays. New Manchester plays at Tri-Cities on Monday before hosting Northgate (Tuesday) and South Pauding (Friday) to end the season.
“Our focus wasn’t really there,” New Manchester junior Kyndell Golden said. “I think we just felt we could go through the motions and win. We didn’t work as hard as we did on Monday.”