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Eastside girls notch first victory of season

MADISON - The Eastside Lady Eagles got their first win of the season with a 66-44 victory, while the Eastside boys had four players in double-figures as they completed the sweep over host Morgan County with a 60-56 win on the road Tuesday.

Artis Clanton led the Eagles on the board with 17 points, followed by Cameron Robinson (15), Gabe Mathis (11) and Neal Latimore (11).

"I'm happy with the win. I thought we made plays when we needed to," Eastside boys coach Michael Gerald said. "We were down by two (points) at the end of the first half. We had a good run towards the end of the third quarter into the fourth."

The Eagles (4-1) were able to build their lead to nine points in the fourth period before the Bulldogs began to charge back.

"We gave up some easy baskets right there at the end," Gerald said. "I don't know if we were afraid that we were going to foul. We just let them go right down the lane a couple of times and missed some opportunities to draw charges."

The Lady Eagles were not about to let Morgan County back into the game. The Eastside girls led 29-26 at the half before building their advantage to 47-37 at the end of the third quarter.

A 19-point fourth quarter allowed the Lady Eagles (1-1) to claim their first win of the season.

"I think we were hungry to get a win," Lady Eagles coach Jason Grooms said. "We had a bad taste in our mouth after (losing to) Newton. We were close and we felt like we could've won that game. We came back and executed a lot better and did the little things you have to do to win."

Jade Cook's 13 points paced the Eastside girls while Paige Alexander added 11 points. Ashley Crew, Ashley Burtts and Carmen Robinson each added eight points.

"I started three freshmen. We played 12 girls at least 10 minutes," Grooms said. "We played a lot of girls and we pressed a lot. I thought we wore them down in the fourth quarter."

Eastside will be back in action Friday when it travels to Danielsville to face Madison County.

Manny Fils can be reached at manny.fils@newtoncitizen.com.