Lions, Eagles face off

Hamburg High School Lions players try to put two up on the scoreboard against the Crossett Eagles. The Eagles beat the Lions in all four games on Friday night in the Eagles last home game of the season. (VAL GAUGHT/News Observer)

All four of the Crossett Eagle teams grabbed a win over their inter-county rivals from Hamburg on Friday night.

The junior high teams, both girls and boys, opened the night with wins. The senior high teams followed suit.

The senior Lady Eagles won 46-32 after getting behind in the first quarter. They were tied 21 all late in the second quarter, but the Lady Eagles scored just before the half time buzzer, sending them in the locker room up by two points 23-21.

Lady Eagles Coach Shanae Govan said that the girls started off slow and that Hamburg played them tight the whole game. 

Govan said they were much improved as compared to the last match, which was in Hamburg a few weeks before, when the Lady Eagles grabbed a big lead early in the game and never let up.

“They are well coached and they play hard as I knew they would,” Govan said. “I was proud of our efforts in the second half to pick up the tempo of the game and get after it on both ends,” she said.

The Lady Eagles jumped up by 18 in the third quarter and were on roll from there. 

“We played much better in the third quarter and it really helped us to get that big lead.”

Jada Cooks led the offense with 17 points scored. 

Govan said Anaya Jones was a big contributor as well and scored nine total points. Govan credited Shekirra Gavin with the best defense of the night.

“They all contributed in their own way and it takes them working together as a team,” Govan said. 

The senior boys started in the lead and finished with a 67-44 win over the Lions.

Senior Kantrell Williams led the offense with 14 points scored and James Hampton was right behind him with 11 points. Jack Rice and Tripp Nason were both hot behind the three point line. Nason made four three point shots and Rice hit three. 

The Eagles are 7-14 overall and 3-8 in conference play and the Lady Eagles are now 14-10 overall and 6-5 in conference play. 

Both Eagle teams will travel to Star City on Friday for their last regular season game of the year. 

The regional tournament will be Feb. 26 to Feb. 29 and for the first time it will be played in Crossett at the Crossett Arena.

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