The Crossett Eagles basketball teams hosted the Lakeside Beavers on Thursday and are now playing in the Harmony Grove tournament in Camden, which started on Saturday.
Lady Eagles Coach Shanae Govan said the Lakeside game was tough early because of foul trouble.
“We sent their best player to the line a lot and she made her free throws,” Govan said. “That’s something we will adjust to in practice, playing defense without fouling.”
Govan said the girls knew going into the game that it would be a battle and they would have to be physical on every possession. “We played hard the entire night; although we came up short I’m proud of the effort,” she said. “This time last year had this team gone into the locker room down nine that would’ve been it, but this team this season is resilient. We don’t give up and that’s what I’m most proud of.”
Jayden Thurmon was the lead scorer with seven points. Jada Cooks had six and Anaya Jones four. Govan said it’s not a good sign when your top scorers — Cooks and Jones — only have 10 points combined.
“I think we will continue to get better and work on the little things that kept us from getting over the hump, but again I’m always proud of the way we fight through adversity, even if in the end you lose the game,” Govan said.
The girls traveled to Camden on Saturday, where they lost, but on Monday they beat Harmony Grove.
Cook led with 16 points. Jones and Endia Jenkins came in behind her with 11 points each and six rebounds.
“Our defense won that game and I was proud of our team effort,” Govan said.
Jaylynn Hampton led the defense with six steals, six rebounds and four assists.
The boys also lost on Friday to Lakeside 74-63, but won on Monday night in Camden as well. They beat Harmony Grove 72-53.
The teams will travel to McGehee on Dec. 16 to face the Owls.
The junior girls will tip off at 4:30 followed by the junior boys, senior girls and senior boys.