The Crossett Eagles started basketball season with maroon and white games Friday.
The junior high and high school girls teams, coached by Shanae Govan, and both boys teams, coached by John Fox gave fans a taste of what to expect this season.
Govan has focused a lot of time and effort into getting the community to stand behind basketball. Govan said she was really excited to see how much the community supported the maroon and white game.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better turn out,” she said. “When I walked out to see the stands packed on both sides, my heart leaped for joy.”
Fox said he believes they had a great turnout. Looking into the upcoming season, Fox said players to watch for are Xion Patterson and Jalen Brown.
“We haven’t played a game yet, so I’m basing this off their performance last year,” Fox said.
Fox said his team has some work to do, but all in all he says they are ready for the season.
Govan said she believes Jayden Thurman and Te’A Jenkins are the ones to watch on offense, while defensive players Jaylnn Hampton and Adrienne Spencer will likely shine. Govan said Brooke Courson is her team leader and all around good athlete. Govan said choosing highlight players or even a starting lineup is tough because her girls work hard.
“They all show up daily to prove to me they want to be in the floor,” she said.
Govan said she has high expectations for this season.
“Anything is possible for us this season,” she said.