John Tyler celebrated its new top-10 ranking with a 67-53 victory over Alba-Golden on Monday at the Lions Den.
The Lady Lions, who had lost the last couple years to Alba-Golden, had their closest game yet in moving to 4-0 on the same day they were ranked No. 8 in the state in Class 5A. It is the team’s highest ranking under current coach Mike Smith.
“It was a very good game,” Smith said. “Alba’s a good team. It was a great game for us.
“You have to play good against them to win so we’re just glad to finally get a win against them.”
Destini Whitehead led all scorers with 22 for JT, including four 3-pointers. Daz Johnson added 10 for the Lady Lions.
John Tyler stays at home for the fourth straight game to face crosstown rival Robert E. Lee. First tip is slated for 4:30 p.m. The boys teams will follow at approximately 6 p.m.
John Tyler 67, Alba-Golden 53
Alba-Golden 17 6 15 13 - 53
John Tyler 19 20 12 16 - 67
ALBA-GOLDEN - S. Wright, 6; C. Carter, 4; G. Bizzell, 3; K. Bizzell, 11; A. Rodgers, 2; C. Lennon, 17; G. Pendegrast, 8; B. Breckey, 2.
JOHN TYLER - Kaleigh Hackett, 2; Kaleaon Grant, 5; Alyssa Mayfield, 7; Destini Whitehead, 22; Ashtyn Beal, 6; Shakendra Tilley, 9; Daz Johnson, 10; Brea Criss, 2.
THREE-POINT GOALS: AG: Wright, G. Bizzell, Lennon. JT: Whitehead (4).
JV SCORE - John Tyler 47, Alba-Golden 27
RECORDS - John Tyler 4-0.
NEXT UP - Robert E. Lee at John Tyler, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.