The Crossett boys are now 5-7 after a 66-48 loss to the Magnolia Panthers on Friday night.
The game was Magnolia’s first in the 4A Region 8 conference, as they were formerly 5A. The new league consists of Crossett, Magnolia, Camden Fairview, Hamburg, Monticello, Star City and Warren.
CHS coach Dominic Lincoln said even though Magnolia is a tough team, he didn’t feel that the Eagles showed their best performance.
“I know we have played better than that performance, our energy and effort was not to the level that is demanded,” Lincoln said.
Derrick Luckey scored big for the Eagles with a total of 17 points, and Jaylon Brown was right behind him, putting up 13.
Darrien Ford was Magnolia’s top scorer with a total of 18 points.
Lincoln said Magnolia presented the team with challenges and made the game a little tougher for them that what they’ve seen so far this season.
“Credits to Magnolia for taking us out of rhythm and making everything hard,” Lincoln said.
Magnolia started with a 2-0 lead and Luckey hit his first of many three-pointers to put the Eagles up 3-2, but not for long. The Panthers were soon up 13-5 over the Eagles.
Luckey seemed to be hot behind the three-point line and hit another one early in the second quarter, making the score 25-12, but the Eagles were still down by 13.
In the fourth quarter, it looked like the Eagles were going to make a comeback. The Eagles were down 58-32 when Brown stole the ball and set Luckey up to hit a three-point shot making the score 58-35. The Eagles held the Panthers at 58 and Luckey hit another three-pointer to make the score 58-38, putting the Eagles within 20 points of Magnolia.
Lamonte Gillum stole the ball and set Luckey for a three-pointer that brought the score to 41-58, but the Eagles weren’t able to close the gap any smaller.
The Eagles hosted the Camden Fairview basketball team Tuesday night, but results were not available at press time.
The Eagles will host the Hamburg Lions Friday night.
The teams will not only be playing for local bragging rights, but also for a point towards the James D. Rankin sports trophy, an annual competition between the Hamburg and Crossett schools.