Golden Ea­gles de­feat CRC for sec­ond time

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - SPORTS - From JBU Sports In­for­ma­tion

PARAGOULD — A timely three-point play from se­nior Baily Cameron blunted a late-game counter at­tack and the John Brown Univer­sity women’s bas­ket­ball team kept Crow­ley’s Ridge to a 3 of 20 mark from be­hind the arc and left the Carter Ac­tiv­ity Cen­ter with a 60-49 win against the Pi­o­neers on Thurs­day night.

It was John Brown’s sec­ond win over the Pi­o­neers in less than a week, hav­ing de­feated CRC 65-42 on Nov. 3 in the sea­son-opener.

Af­ter al­low­ing the Pi­o­neers (1-4) to come back from a 19-point half­time deficit to pull within four, 42-38, the Golden Ea­gles (2-0) roared back to of­fen­sive life by run­ning away on a 16-2 rally that bal­looned the hosts’ deficit back to 18 with just un­der two min­utes left in the con­test.

Crow­ley’s Ridge out-scored John Brown 16-6 in the third quar­ter, but it wasn’t nearly enough to over­come its three­p­oint per­for­mance and 17 turnovers, which the vis­i­tors turned into 23 points off mis­cues.

Se­nior Ka­rina Chan­dra splashed both at­tempts from be­hind the arc in the fourth quar­ter and Cameron added an­other timely five points to carry the Golden Ea­gles, de­spite JBU’s own 3-point shoot­ing woes (6 of 24).

Chan­dra fin­ished the con­test with 20 points on 8 of 13 shoot­ing from the floor. She hit 4 of 7 from be­hind the arc and added a pair of blocks and re­bounds. Cameron scored 16 and flirted with a dou­ble-dou­ble by pulling down nine boards. The duo com­bined for 60 per­cent of the John Brown of­fense.

Ju­niors Jor­dan Martin, Ally Teague and Sara Wil­liams each con­trib­uted six points apiece.

Alexus Tay­lor led Crow­ley’s Ridge with a game-best 21 points but shot 7 of 23 from the floor. Elly Bur­rell had a sea­son-high 15 re­bounds and claimed the dou­ble-dou­ble with 10 points.

John Brown re­turned to the hard­wood on Satur­day against Ec­cle­sia. Re­sults were not avail­able at presstime.

The Golden Ea­gles are sched­uled to open Sooner Ath­letic Con­fer­ence play at 6 p.m. Thurs­day at home against Ba­cone (Okla.).

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