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The Lady Eagles basketball team claimed a win Friday night and repeated the result on Monday night in the Crossett Arena.

On Friday, they hosted the McGehee Owls and won 43-14.

Coach Shanae Williams said that Friday her girls played hard, but that it was a solid defensive game. 

“We started off a little slow offensively the first half but got better after half time,” Williams said.  “It was a good win for us getting ready to go into conference play and I was proud of the effort on both ends,” Williams said. 

CeCe Gilliam led scorers with 20 points and Jada Cooks had 13. 

“Our young players are contributing a lot,” Williams said. “Niya Jackson had a good game defensively and brought us some positive minutes off the bench.”

On Monday the Lady Eagles hosted Watson Chapel and scored 43 points again, but in a much closer match. 

“It was a great way to start the conference with a big win over a top ranked program,” Williams said.   

The Lady Eagles clenched their first conference win in the last seconds of the game with a 43-42 win over Watson Chapel. Williams said they were outmatched at the post but they kept fighting. 

“We knew there was going to be adversity going in because Watson Chapel has always had a great, well coached team and a great, rich tradition of women’s basketball,” Williams said.

“I was proud of our teams efforts of not giving up when seemingly things weren’t going our way.”

CeCe Gilliam and Anaya Jones each scored 13 points and Jada Cooks ended the night with 10. 

“We didn’t shoot well from the free throw line but when we made them, they counted,” Williams said.  “Endia Jenkins and Naykah Keith both did well on the boards for us to secure some clutch rebounds in the end,” she said.

The Lady Eagles aren’t scheduled to play again until after the holiday break. They will travel to Monticello Jan. 5 to face the Billies in their second conference game of the season.

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