Reversing last year: Lady Eagles undefeated after 30 days

The Crossett Lady Eagles defeated the Lakeside High School team Friday, and continuing a winning streak from earlier in the week when they beat Drew Central. The team is now 4-0.

The Lady Eagles ended last week 4-0 after two away games,which is the exact opposite of last year’s record after game four. Last year the girls were 0-4 at this point in the season.

The girls traveled to Drew Central Nov. 27 to face the Lady Pirates.

“During Tuesday’s game, we played relentless, we came out real strong,” Coach Shanae Govan said. “I think our defense allowed us to get that victory.”

Govan said Shekirra Gavin and Jayden Thurmon were stand out players against Drew Central. Gavin led the team defensively with multiple blocks and key steals.

“Shekirra was just all over the floor defensively and she was the heartbeat of the team,” Govan said.

Jada Cooks and Thurmon each hit two big three-point shots that put the lady Eagles in the lead. Govan said the girls struggled early in the game with defensive fouls.

“We got in foul trouble early, which that is something we are working on, playing defense without fouling,” Govan said.

The girls were down by nine in the third quarter, but came back for a close one-point win, 46-45.

“They never gave up and it says a lot about the girls,” Govan said. “They stuck it out and ended the game on top.”

On Friday, the girls traveled to Lake Village to face the Lakeside Beavers. Govan said the win wasn’t pretty, but she was glad to be 4-0.

“I don’t think we played our best because it was a long week for the girls and everyone was tired,” Govan said. The coach said she knew going into the game they were going to be challenged.

“I knew Lakeside was going to give us their best, they have a great coach,” Govan said.

Starter Anaya jones and Haleigh Boston who came in off the bench were two players Govan said really stood out against Lakeside. Te’A Jenkins grabbed several really big rebounds that kept the Lady Eagles in the lead.

The girls were up 26-21 with six minutes to play in the game. At one point near the end Lakeside closed the gap to three points, but the Lady Eagles held on for the win.

“We weathered the storm of adversity and held on,” Govan said.

“The Lakeside win on Nov. 30 allowed us to be 4-0, which a year ago on the thirtieth day, the record was reversed 0-4, so I think the girls have bought into what I’m teaching and they’re giving their all no matter what, and for that I couldn’t be more proud,” Govan said.

The Lady Eagles are currently playing in the Camden Harmony Grove tournament. Their next game will be 4 p.m. Thursday against Hampton in Camden.

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