COVINGTON - The Cedar Shoals basketball teams took over the court as they won both games of the doubleheader at Eastside on Tuesday night.
The Lady Jaguars prevented the Lady Eagles from building momentum, winning their contest 72-47, while a late surge by the Jaguars topped the Eagles 74-66 in the boys game.
Cedar Shoals 74, Eastside 66
The Jaguars built an 18-8 lead late in the first period before Eastside scored the last six points to end the opening period down by four points.
Eastside (11-10 overall, 3-4 in Region 8-AAAA South) closed the gap to 18-17 before the Jaguars went on a 12-3 run. Quay Maddox's bucket off a steal sent the Eagles into the locker room at halftime, trailing 30-22.
Cedar Shoals continued its tough and aggressive play in the third quarter, extending its lead to 43-26 midway through the quarter.
Trailing 51-39 to start the fourth frame, the Eagles began contesting not only every shot, but they made Cedar Shoals fight for every pass. As a result, the Eagles began to chop away at the deficit to make it a 55-51 game.
But after a Jaguars' basket, followed by a foul and technical foul on an Eastside player, Cedar Shoals got its composure back.
Cedar Shoals quickly turned a four-point lead into a 72-59 advantage. Eastside tried to fight back to get back into the game, but it was too late.
Gabe Mathis paced the Eagles offensively with 13 points, while Dominique Hubert added 11. Cameron Robinson and Artis Clanton both finished with nine points.
Josh Ervin paced five Cedar Shoals players in double figures with a game-high 21 points.
Cedar Shoals 72, Eastside 47
The Lady Eagles began slow but quickly picked up the pace for the first six minutes of the game.
Eastside led for most of the first period until back-to-back 3-pointers by San Scott gave the Lady Jaguars a 14-10 lead. Cedar Shoals maintained its four-point edge closing the first frame with a 19-15 lead.
Turnovers started to take their toll on the Lady Eagles in the second quarter, as Cedar Shoals was able to control the boards on both sides of the court.
Ending the first half leading 36-23, the Lady Jaguars picked up the pace in the third. Not only did they continue to get most of the rebounds, they also picked up several steals.
Cedar Shoals concluded the third leading by 20 points, 54-34, before outscoring the Lady Eagles 18-13 in the fourth quarter for the victory.
Raven Williams and Jade Cook provided Eastside's highlights. Williams led the team with 14 points, while Cook had a double-double scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Scott led the Lady Jaguars with 18 points.
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