Eastside girls fall to Jackson County

COVINGTON - The Eastside Lady Eagles showed the meaning of a contrast between halves in their game against Jackson County on Friday night.

The Lady Eagles scored 22 points and had 22 rebounds in the first half of their game. In the second half, Eastside scored only eight points in a 36-30 loss.

Also hurting the Lady Eagles was their 21 percent free-throw shooting (5 of 23). They were 0-for-10 in the second half.

"It felt like we were playing defense. When you can't score, you are playing defense. Eventually, your defense is going to break down; that and going 5 of 23," Eastside coach Jason Grooms said. "Plus, we missed several layups that we were very capable of making. You let a team hang around and they're going to gain some confidence and they're going to make some shots."

Eastside had a slow start as it trailed 9-0 before Passion Curry hit a 3-pointer.

The Lady Eagles trailed 13-4 late in the opening period. Ieisha Williams hit the final two baskets of the quarter, closing the gap to 13-9.

Jackson County kept the four-point margin until midway through the second frame when Eastside went on a 10-0 run to take a 22-16 lead.

Aiding in the run were steals converted into points by J'Quyra Blue and Carmen Robinson.

The Lady Panthers scored the final four points of the first half. They trailed 22-20 after holding a nine-point lead earlier in the game.

Eastside could have held a bigger lead if not for poor free-throw shooting. The Lady Eagles ended the first half making 38 percent from the line, going 5-for-13.

The first score of the second half, by Eastside's Jjade Cook, came with 3:10 remaining in the third quarter as both teams combined for five points.

Unable to hit outside shots, the Lady Eagles were unable to keep Jackson County from playing a zone defense, which kept the Eastside players from rebounding the way they did in the first half.

"They were playing a zone and weren't letting us get the ball inside," Grooms said. "Eventually, you have to hit a few outside shots. I put a few girls in that are capable of making them but it just didn't happen. That hurt our rebounding."

Raven Williams and Blue paced the Lady Eagles with six points each.

Jackson County's Breanna Drew led all scorers with 20 points followed by Ashley Skelton who had 10.

In the boys game, Eastside completely dominated the Panthers in a 61-29 victory.

Due to the late start of the varsity games, details of the boys game were not available.

Eastside will be on its home court today against Alcovy with the girls game starting at 4:30 p.m.

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