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Last Updated: Nov 22nd, 2017 - 08:59:14


Coaches: Lady Eagles improving as a team
By VAL GAUGHT
Nov 22, 2017, 08:32

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The Lady Eagles basketball team played in Hermitage last week.

Hermitage won 44-25, but Crossett Assistant coach Christie Lenard said the Lady Eagles are already showing improvement from last year. Lenard said she believes Coach Shanae Govan is already making a difference.

“They are already better at moving through the offenses and looking for open teammates,” Lenard said. “Overall, they are playing better as a team.”

Brooke Courson, Jaylynn Hampton, Charity Watkins, Jayden Thurmon and Te’a Jenkins took the court for the Lady Eagles. Hampton and Watkins led the team in points. Watkins scored 10 points with Hampton right behind her scoring 9.

“The girls played hard,” Govan said. “We missed a lot of key shots, a lot of makeable shots.”

Govan said the players have to work on free throws and staying focused even when they get behind.

The team only made three of the 20 free throw attempts, and Govan said that’s something they will really focus on in practice.

“We were not tough physically or mentally, and we’ve got to work on that,” Govan said.

The Lady Eagles are scheduled to play again Saturday in the Harmony Grove Murphy Invitational.

Their first game on the bracket is against Hampton at 6 p.m.

The Junior High Lady Eagles played Saturday in a tournament in Hampton. The girls beat Hampton 8 - 6, but lost to Drew Central 12 - 2 in the second game.
Govan said Nakydra Paskel and Allie Thurmon put the most points on the scoreboard, but everyone on the team played well.

--For the complete story, see the print edition.