Hamburg High School Athletics has two more points to add to the their side of the James D. Rankin trophy score board.
Both the Hamburg Lions and Lady Lions basketball teams beat the Crossett Eagles and the Lady Eagles last week.
The Hamburg Lady Lions beat the Crosett Lady Eagles 45-36 when they played in Crossett last week. The Hamburg boys’ team won their matchup with Crossett that night 58-52. (VAL GAUGHT/News Observer)
The starting lineup for coach Lanny Allen’s Lady Lions was Trinity Lewis, Aujanee Brown, Kristian McGee, Tiana Wilson and Ciara Tucker. Starting for Coach Shanae Govan were Ali Rindt, Brooke Courson, Charity Watkins, Jayden Thurmon and Te’A Jenkins.
McGee scored first for the Lady Lions, but Lady Eagle Jayden Thurman answered quickly, making the score 2-all.
Wilson shot for Hamburg, and then Lewis stole the ball back for a fast break layup, making the score 6 - 2 with the Lady Lions in the lead.
A free throw shot, three-point shot, and two-pointer all by McGee put the Lions in an 10 point lead before the second quarter.
Rindt shot for the Eagles, bringing the score to 12 - 4.
McGee shot for three for the Lions giving the Lions 15, but Rindt answered with a three pointer for the Eagles, giving them 7.
Thirty seconds before half-time, the score was 23 - 12 with the Lady Lions in the lead. Tashawn McGhee sunk a shot, giving the Lions 25.
After the half, the Lions had already added five points to their score when Rindt hit another three point shot, making the score 30 to 15.
By the end of the third, the score was 38 - 19, and Kristian McGee made another fast break layup to score for the Lions. Watkins copied her for two points for the Eagles, making the third quarter score 40 - 21.
The Eagles held the Lions and slowly started to close the score gap at 42- 29 with 2:42 to play in the game. Brooke Courson tried to score, but it was Jayden Thurman rebounded the ball before also missing a shot. Shekirra Gavin finally got the ball in the net for a 42 - 31 score.
The Lady Lions scored three more points, and the Eagles scored five more. In the last few seconds, Haleigh Boston shot one last time for the Eagles, making the score final score 45 - 36 with the Lady Lions on top.
“Having two points in the first quarter hurt us,” Govan said. “I think if we played the whole game like we did in the fourth quarter, the outcome would have been different.”
Rindt and Thurmon tied for the most points scored with nine each. Watkins and Nakari Thrower tied for second, both scoring four.
The Lady Eagles and Lady Lions will face each other again next Friday.
The boys’ game followed the girls, and HHS finished in the lead by six points even though it didn’t start out that way.
Starting for Matt Allison’s Hamburg Lions were Caleb Bridges, Nigel Lewis, Herman Brown, Jalen Wilson and Traymon Holmes. Eagle Coach John Fox started Kylar Canley, Taquelan Watkins, Jalen Brown, Kantrell Williams and Zyon Patterson.