Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Junior High girls bring home the hardware

Dentists will tell you that plaque is not a good thing, Eagle girls basketball coach Ethan Evans might feel differently as his junior high squads brought home four of them last night from the Scott-Mississippi conference tournament finals.

The seventh-grade girls brought home the regular season conference championship award and tournament second-place honors after losing to East Prairie 32-27.

The eighth-graders won both the regular season and conference tournament.  The defeated Delta 38-24 in come-from-behind fashion.

The seventh-grade led at the half, 17-13, but couldn't hold on, losing by five.

Coach Evans said, "We just made too many turnovers and couldn't capitalize on easy opportunities. You could tell the girls were nervous which I expected some. It was still a very good year and with a lot of 6th graders playing significant time I expect big things next year."

Addie Nichols scored 13.

Maddie Stickel added six, Liza Dannenmueller chipped in five.  Laney Shy had three for the Eagles, who finished up 6-0 in league play and 9-2 overall.

They hit 5 of 12 free throws for 41%.

The older team continued their habit of starting slow.  This time they didn't kick it into gear until the 3rd quarter.  They trailed at the half 18-12, but a 15-2 run out of the break put Oran on top, much to the chagrin of the Delta faithful.  An 11-4 fourth quarter would salt the victory over the top-seeded Bobcats.

Hannah Boshell paced the Eagles with 12.

Grace Davis and Hope Woodfin each scored nine. Woodfin hit a trey and both of her free throw attempts.  Emma Priggel scored five and Rylee Boshell chipped in three.

They hit 7 of 13 from the line for 54%.

Coach Evans told the blog, "What a way to cap off an incredible season. This group of girls gave me more gray hair than any other I have coached. No matter how far we got behind they never gave up and that rang true again against Delta. The 2nd half the girls played unbelievably. Great job by the girls."

They finished 7-0 and 15-1.

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