Spears leads in Lady Ea­gles' win

The Covington News - - SPORTS - PHIL MAN­SON sports@cov­news.com

Eastside’s se­nior shoot­ing guard Adri­ana Spears scored 18 points and Janelle Cook came off the bench to add 10 points as the Lady Ea­gles dom­i­nated the Wal­nut Grove Lady War­riors 68- 42 in a Re­gion 8- AAAA matchup Tues­day night.

The Lady Ea­gles im­proved to 9- 7 over­all, while Wal­nut Grove fell to 8- 10.

Spears led all scor­ers, while Brianna Faulk paced the Lady War­riors with 14 points.

“We played ‘ Eastside de­fense,’ pres­sure, pres­sure, pres­sure,” Eastside coach Matthew Jack­son said. “We shot the ball well. We played as a team. We ex­e­cuted and fought our­selves out of a slump ( 0- 3 in the pre­vi­ous three games). I’m proud that the girls re­sponded well, es­pe­cially this be­ing a re­gion game.”

It was a sloppy, turnover- filled first quar­ter for both teams, with Eastside tak­ing a slim 16- 14 lead.

The early por­tion of sec­ond quar­ter wasn’t much bet­ter for the Lady Ea­gles. They went nearly four min­utes with­out a point, and Wal­nut Grove grabbed a 21- 20 lead with 5: 40 left in the half. How­ever, Spears started to find her range, fin­ish­ing the quar­ter with eight points – 14 in the half, and De­shantra Kelly hit a 3- pointer as the buzzer sounded to give Eastside a 31- 24 lead at half­time.

Ac­cord­ing to Jack­son, Kelly’s buzzer- beater sparked the Lady War­riors in the sec­ond half.

“I was re­ally proud of Kelly han­dling the ball – shoot­ing the ball, es­pe­cially at the end of the half,” Jack­son ex­plained. “( Kelly) hit­ting that three gave us con­fi­dence and sparked us and gave us a lit­tle more en­ergy to come out for the sec­ond half.”

That spark was ap­par­ent early, as the Lady Ea­gles scored two quick buck­ets to take a 35- 25 lead with 7: 15 left in the third. Wal­nut Grove hit a 3- pointer to start the quar­ter, but strong de­fense and re­lent­less pres­sure caused the Lady War­riors to go more than five min­utes with­out a point as Eastside in­creased its lead to 48- 31 af­ter three.

A 3- point bucket, a steal and a bas­ket put Eastside up 53- 31 less than a minute into the fourth quar­ter. Jack­son emp­tied his bench mid­way through the quar­ter, and the Lady War­riors went on cruise- con­trol un­til the fi­nal horn.

Eastside re­turns to ac­tion tonight against the Ch­es­ta­tee War Ea­gles ( 15- 3) in another Re­gion 8AAAA game. Tipoff is set for 6 p. m. at Ch­es­ta­tee in Gainesville.

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