Lady Eagles end season at state tournament

(ILLUSTRATION/News Observer)

The Lady Eagles lost a heartbreaker in Farmington as they played in the state tournament last Wednesday.

After maintaining the lead against Pocahontas for most of the game, the Lady Eagles fell 36-31 in the final minutes of the game.

Even though the Lady Eagles went into the state tournament matched with the No. 6  ranked team in the state, coach Shanae Govan said they did not allow that to intimidate them. 

“Going into the regional tournament we had a lot of momentum from what the junior high girls had just done the week before, and I told the girls if they would carry that into state that they could achieve something just as great,” Govan said.

The Lady Eagles were up 16-11 at the half and Govan said she told the girls they had to keep fighting until the end. They increased their lead to 25-13 at one point in the third quarter.

By the end of the third quarter, Pochontas had tied the score 15 all and the fourth quarter did not go in the Lady Eagles favor.

The Lady Eagles got behind 32-28 with 1:42 to play in the game and were never able to get back in the lead.

“I was proud at our will to not give up even when we got down with three minutes left to go, but they never had defeat in their eyes,” Govan said. 

The Lady Eagles finished the season with a 16-13 record, which Govan said she felt was historic. Govan said she already has big plans for next season. 

“I don’t doubt for one bit that the Lady Eagles basketball team will make another state appearance,” Govan said.

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