The Lady Eagles basketball team beat Hampton on the road last Thursday and are now preparing to travel to McGehee to face the Owls.

“We played hard the entire game,” Coach Shanae Govan said. “It was very physical, but I thought from start to finish our defense is what kept us in the lead.”

Govan said the team went into the game without key a player, Jayden Thurmon, who wasn’t able to suit up because of an injury.

“I think we played well without her, and I’m proud of the way the bench responded and other role players like Jaylynn Hampton stepped up in Jaylon’s absence,” Govan said.

Jada Cooks and Anaya Jones carried the team offensively and scored the majority of Crossett’s points.

“They both played aggressive and made key shots for us,” Govan said.

The girls finished 40-31, and Govan said though it wasn’t a high scoring game, she thought it was a good game to help get the “chip off of their shoulders” from their first loss.

The win came after the Lady Eagles’ first loss of the season earlier in the week. The girls traveled to Camden Harmony Grove to face Hermitage, and though they were leading by 15 points during a portion of the game, they ultimately fell 44-39.

Govan said the girls didn’t play well and got into foul trouble during the Hermitage game.

“Now being 5-1, I think the girls are confident in what we’re building here,” Govan said. “Every day is a grind for us, and we are continuously working on getting better.”

The Lady Eagles will travel to McGehee Thursday to face the Lady Owls and will host the Monticello Billies on Monday night in the new Crossett arena.

The junior girls will tip off at 5 p.m. followed by the Lady Eagles and senior boys team.

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