Ea­gles: Swept by Salem on Se­nior Night in re­gion ac­tion

The Covington News - - Sports -

tage, East­side held on to a 13-8 lead through the first eight min­utes of play, by con­tin­u­ing to play solid de­fense.

Ar­tis Clan­ton paced the Ea­gles with his game-high 15 points. Af­ter putting to­gether an­other nine-point run, the Ea­gles jumped to a 21-8 lead be­fore things be­gan to col­lapse.

By turn­ing the ball over eight times late in the sec­ond quar­ter, it al­lowed the Semi­noles to put to­gether a 20-1 run, tak­ing a 28-22 lead into half­time.

But the Ea­gles came out in the sec­ond half scor­ing eight of the first 10 points, ty­ing the game at 30.

The teams went blow for blow with each other, end­ing the third quar­ter with the Ea­gles trail­ing, 39-37.

With 17 sec­onds left in the fourth frame, the Semi­noles had pos­ses­sion and a six­point lead. But af­ter a quick turnover and foul, Quay Mad­dox put two free throws in to cut the lead to four. Ea­ger to pull out a vic­tory, the Ea­gles forced yet an­other turnover on the in­bounds pass and got an easy layup with 10 sec­onds re­main­ing.

On the en­su­ing pos­ses­sion, East­side com­mit­ted a quick foul, send­ing Julius Giles to the line in hopes of mak­ing at least one of two. How­ever, Giles missed both free throws, al­low­ing Do­minique Hu­bert to push it the length of the court and then find Neal La­ti­more for the game-ty­ing layup, send­ing the game into over­time, 52-52.

But af­ter fight­ing so hard to come­back, the Ea­gles came up empty in over­time.

“I am ex­tremely proud of my guys and my se­niors for the way they played, es­pe­cially down the stretch to tie the game,” said Ger­ald. “Both teams played re­ally tough. Un­for­tu­nately, we came up a lit­tle short.”

Salem’s Zach Rod­den­berry led all scor­ers with 29 points. Ty­one El­liot added nine points.

Gabe Mathis had 13 points for the Ea­gles.

Ear­lier Tues­day, the Lady Ea­gles would even­tu­ally lose based on their in­abil­ity to main­tain con­trol of the ball.

Af­ter fight­ing back from a 24-14 deficit in the first half, the Lady Ea­gles — led by Jade Cook — put to­gether a 10-0 run, ty­ing the game at 24 be­fore half­time.

Un­for­tu­nately, in bas­ket­ball there are four quar­ters and not two. Had that been the case, the Lady Ea­gles may have been able to sal­vage a win. Af­ter com­mit­ting 17 sec­ond half turnovers, the Lady Semi­noles grabbed a 51-34 third quar­ter lead and never slowed down.

Court­ney Hurt led Salem with 35 points and 17 re­bounds. Re­becca Mitchell added 14, while Ariel Wyn­ter had 13 points.

Cook paced the Lady Ea­gles with East­side’s Ash­ley Crew scored eight points. Raven Wil­liams added seven.

East­side trav­els to Rock­dale County at 7 p.m. tonight.


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