The Lady Eagles basketball team placed third at regionals last week and will be competing in the state tournament in Farmington this week.
“I’m so proud of my girls and this program,” Coach Shanae Govan said.
The Lady Eagles started out with a win against the No. 1 seeded DeQueen Leopards.
The Lady Eagles battled the entire game and in the final seconds Jayden Thurmon hit three points that brought the Lady Eagles up by one and then hit two free throws to cushion the score.
The final score was 56-52, sending the Lady Eagles into Round 2.
In Round 3, the Lady Eagles faced Nashville, who went on to place second in the tournament,
In the game against Nashville, the Lady Eagles got off to a slow start and were never able to catch back up to the Lady Scrappers.
“We really didn’t do our best the first half, the girls were shook up, but I was proud of the way they came back out in the second half and played until the end even though we didn’t come out with the win,” Govan said.
The Lady Eagles ultimatley fell 44-26 to the Nashville Scrappers, but redeemed themselves on Saturday with a win against Mena.
The Lady Eagles stayed ahead most of the first half, but the game came down to the final seconds when Hannah Govan shot a three-pointer to put the Eagles up 37-35. The Lady Eagle defense had to hold the Lady Bearcats off for twenty seconds to secure the win.
“It was such an exciting game and our girls fought the whole time,” Govan said.
It’s been more than five years since the Lady Eagles have even advanced to the regional tournament, so Govan said she was extremely proud to place third.
“Of course we wanted to win it all, but our program has come so far and placing third in front of our home crowd is more than I could have asked for,” Govan said.
The Lady Eagles were seeded in fourth on their side of the division going into the tournament.
“We were the fourth seed coming in and we weren’t suposed to beat DeQueen,” Govan said. “I told the girls I was so proud of them for doing what they weren’t expected to do.”
Govan told the team after the game that she was proud of the win, but it was now time to focus on state. They left on Tuesday afternoon.
The girls played Pochonotas in Round 1 of state on Wednesday, but results were not available at press time.