Eastside sweeps Jackson in regualr season finale

COVINGTON -- Eastside's basketball squads had little trouble against Jackson as the Eagles swept the Red Devils on Senior Night on Friday.

The Lady Eagles (15-10 overall, 12-4 Region 4-AAA) beat Jackson (1-21, 1-15) by 45 points with a 61-16 triumph. The Eastside boys (13-12, 11-5) led from the first basket and were never in danger of losing against the Red Devils (2-23, 1-15) in their 71-40 win.

The Eastside boys were trying to play a fast-paced game but Jackson was trying to slow it down to their pace. However, the Eagles would have no part of it as they forced the Red Devils to pick up the pace with full-court presses resulting in steals and poor shooting by Jackson.

"We wanted to come out and play fast. They weren't ready for that," Eastside boys head coach Gregory Freeman said. "That's how we play, we put pressure on people."

Eastside led 25-10 at the midway point during the second period as they extended their lead to 36-15 at the half. Helping the Eagles take their lead was the 3-point shooting of Anthony Henderson and Michael Chapman who each had two of their six first-half treys.

Leading 46-27 after three periods, the Eagles started the fourth quarter by pressuring the Red Devils once again. Even though Eastside backed off the pressure after the first three minutes of the fourth, the Red Devils were playing like the pressure was still on turning the ball over.

"Once you start it (pressure), you disguise it," Freeman said.

Quindarrious Russell paced the Eagles offensively with 14 points followed by Chavis Williams (11), Treyvon Francis (9) and Chapman (9).

The Lady Eagles defense was definitely on their game holding Jackson scoreless in the second quarter as Eastside took a 34-4 halftime lead.

As the game continued so did Eastside's lead. By the time all the starters were taken off the floor for the final time early in the fourth period, three Lady Eagles players had more points than the Jackson team.

Leading the Lady Eagles on the scoreboard were Jazzmine Cook (16), Adriana Spears (11) and senior Alexia Somerset (14).

"The way Alexia played, that was the way to send her out. She's a standout player," said Eastside girls basketball head coach Matthew Jackson. "I'm definitely glad she was a part of our life."

While it was a complete blow-out, Jackson learned something about his team as they prepare to enter the Region 4-AAA tournament as the No. 3 seed.

"We learned to stay focused. Even when you play a team that you're better than, you have to be better than that team. This is a game where you can work on those weaknesses. We did a pretty good job at that," said Jackson. "I want them to understand that every single game, no matter the opponent, we can't take them lightly. We have to out there, execute and do the best game we can."