The Crossett girls’ basketball team played at home on Friday night for the first time this season and grabbed another win.
The Lady Eagles hosted Dermott in a back and forth matchup that ended with the Lady eagles on top 52-47.
Coach Shanae Govan said Friday’s game was a great challenge because Dermott has a well-coached and very talented team.
“The girls were giving it all they had on both ends,” Govan said.
Dermott led the whole first half, but Govan said they made adjustments at half time that really made a difference.
“I felt like we were playing hard we just missed a few rotations on defense, which sent them to the free throw line early,” Govan said.
Jada Cooks and Anaya Jones led the Lady Eagles in scoring. Cooks had 19 points and Jones had 13.
Hannah Govan and Jayden Thurmon were behind them with nine points each.
Govan said that Jaylynn Hampton brought a lot of energy off of the bench with her defense.
“Which is what we were desperately needing,” Govan said.
Hampton made a huge impact on the second half of the game and Govan said she was a difference maker on defense.
“I’m glad the girls kept their composure throughout the entire game, I never saw a defeated look on their faces which is a good sign for us starting off against a really good team,” Govan said.
The girls played in Lake Village on Monday night. The junior high Lady Eagles won 38-20, but the senior high fell 28-24.
The boys’ team played at home on Friday and lost to Dermott 75-58.
The boys are playing with an altered roster as several members of the team are still playing football.
James Hampton led the Eagles in scoring on Friday ngiht with 26 points. Derrick Luckey was behind him with 16 total.
“Dermott is a very tough team to play. Coach Smith does a really good job of coachign those guys,” Coach Dominic Lincoln said.
The boys started off on the right foot, but ultimately fell by 20 points.
“Over time we wore down,” Lincoln said.
Some of their exhaustion was from the missing players, he said.
“Some of that is not being full strength with players out with football and some of it is that its our first game and we have to get in better game shape,” Lincoln said.
The Eagles have made some changes defensiviley and Lincoln said he knows there willl be a learnging curve with that.
“The biggest concern I have from Friday night is that when things got a litle tough, we reverted back to old habirts and abandoning the play,” Lincoln said. “That’s something that can’t happen.”
The Eagles and Lady Eagles hosted Smackover on Tuesday night but results were not available at press time.
The Lady Eagles will host Rison at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The seventh grade girls will play first followed byt the junior girls and senior girls. The boys will not play again until Dec. 6 when both the Eagles and Lady Eagles host Lakeside High from Lake Village.