The Crossett Lady Eagles won second place in the Dumas Holiday Classic last weekend and are now preparing to play in a Monticello tournament this weekend.
The Lady Eagles faced Dumas on Thursday night and won 59-53 over the Bobcats.
Jada Cooks led the offense with 21 points. Shekirra Gavin was behind her with 14 points and Anaya Jones with 9 points.
Coach Shanae Govan said she was extremely proud of her team beating the Bobcats at home in what she called, “an extremely hostile environment.”
“You’ve just got to be in the Dumas atmosphere while playing against them to really understand it,” Govan said.
On Saturday, the Lady Eagles faced the Lady Owls of McGehee and fell 48-36, earning second place overall in the tournament.
Govan said she is proud of her team and they will focus on making needed improvements before traveling to Monticello on Friday to tip off in the Drew Central Holiday Classic.
The Lady Eagles first game will be at 12:40 p.m. against Parkers Chapel.
The boys’ team lost on Thursday in Dumas, but won on Saturday.
On Thursday they faced Dumas and fell 71-58. Derrick Luckey led the Eagle offense with 35 total points.
“Dumas is a tough team to play and a tough environment to play in,” Coach Dominic Lincoln said.
“I think we did a good job of executing, handling pressure and being mentally tough for two quarters, but we have to keep getting better in order to put a full game together,” he said.
Lincoln said the Eagles also need to work to improve on shooting from the outside.
“Once we get better in that area our team can reach a new level,” Lincoln said.
On Saturday, the boys beat the McGehee Owls 55-50.
Luckey scored 30 points and had 6 assists and 3 rebounds.
Lincoln said though Luckey scored the majority of the baskets, it was a whole-team effort.
The coach credited Denzel Watkins, Jackson Moore, Dewayne Ashford Tyrique Jones, Trip Nason and Jaylon Brown — all sophomores — with contributing in a big way to Saturday’s game.
“Along with Monte Gillum stepping up and playing some physical basketball,” he said.
Lincoln also said he’s been preaching that effort and energy are a must to win basketball games and he felt like they got the message on Saturday.
“We have to clean up our play some and take care of the basketball, but some of that is just lack of experience,” Lincoln said.
The Eagles will now spend the week preparing to face Parkers Chapel on Friday in round one of the Drew Central Holiday Classice, a tournament they placed second in last year.
The Eagles will tip off at 11:20 a.m. on Friday against Parker’s Chapel in Monticello.