The Lady Eagles came from behind to beat the Hamburg Lady Lions Friday night.
The Lady Lions scored first, but Lady Eagle Jayden Thurmon answered with a two-point shot. Trinity Lewis hit a three-point basket for the Lions, but a free throw from Haleigh Boston and a three-point shot from Thurmon put the Eagles back on top 6-5. Hamburg jumped back in the lead, but another three point shot from Thurmon put the Lady Eagles in the lead 11-10, and a free throw by Lewis tied the game 11-all.
“I feel like the game was intense from start to finish,” Crossett Coach Shanae Govan said. “Everyone knows the Crossett Hamburg game is always big and anything can happen, but it was a great environment and I was proud to see my squad responded to being down by almost 13 at one point.”
The Lions jumped in the lead and were up 25-18 at the half with three-point shots by Kyha Robinson and Olivia Tarver and a couple of shots by Johnson and Lewis.
“We started off struggling from the field early, we missed shots that we usually make and I think we were frustrated with the momentum Hamburg was gaining on our mistakes,” Coach Govan said.
Chasity Miller scored first after the half giving the Lady Lions 27, but a three-point shot by Thurmon and another by Hannah Govan put the Lady Eagles back in the game 27-24.
Za Za Johnson scored four unanswered points for the Lady Lions and Miller scored two more, making the score 33-27. Boston scored two unanswered baskets for the Lady Eagles, making it a two point game once again.
Coach Govan said one of her starters, Shekirra Gavin, was out attending a funeral for Gavin’s sister.
“I knew we would be missing a big piece of our team, but Haleigh Boston stepped up big time which was a major key to our success,” Coach Govan said.
Mid-third quarter, Jada Cooks stole the ball for the Lady Eagles and carried it across the court for a layup to tie the game 33-all.
The Lions jumped back ahead 37-33, but a free throw from Thurmon and a three-point basket from Hannah Govan tied the score again at 37-all.
Hannah Govan hit another three-pointer to give the Lady Eagles the lead 40-37.
“Hannah stepped up in the second half and made a few big shots late in the game as well as Adrienne Spence, Jayden Thurmon and Jada Cooks, who had big layups and free throws late in the game to seal the deal,” Coach Govan said.
Cooks is currently leading the Lady Eagles in free throw percentage, and she and Thurmon led the Lady Eagles in baskets scored during Friday’s game.
After Govan’s back-to-back three point shots, Lewis answered with two free throws for the Lions, 40-39. Thurmon hit another three-pointer and the Eagles were leading by four, 43-39. Lewis shot for three, making it a one point ball game and then hit three free throw baskets to put the Lions in the lead 45-43.
Cooks made two free throw baskets to tie the score and then hit a two-point basket and another free throw to give the Eagles the lead, 48-45.
After several trips to the free throw line by both teams the score was 50-48 and Charity Watkins hit a two point shot for the Eagles. Johnson answered with two points for the Lions bringing the score to 52-50, but Watkins responded with a free throw and two point basket putting the Eagles in the lead by five. Cooks added to the lead with another two-point basket.
The Lady Eagles held on to their lead until the clock ran out and the score was 60-55 when the buzzer sounded.
“Overall I was proud that we overcame adversity which is what we’ve been preaching all year,” Coach Govan said.
The win gave Crossett another point in the James D. Rankin competition and the Eagles are still leading Hamburg 5-3.
The Lady Eagles will host Star City on Friday night for their last home game of the season and will honor their senior class.