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Eagles split first two in Clayton County

MORROW -- So far, the Morrow Thanksgiving Tournament has been about two versions of the Eastside girls basketball team.

In the tournament opener Monday, the Eagles nipped Drew 66-65 in overtime. Tuesday was a different story as Southwest Atlanta Christian had no problem with the Eagles, winning 55-27 in the Atlanta school's season opener.

Eastside (1-1) will continue in the tournament Friday when it plays Mays at 1:30 p.m.

Monday's game had a lot to do with Jazmine Cook and Zaria Burton. Cook scored a team-high 18 points and made three assists, while Barton added 14 points and some clutch work at the free throw line.

"(Cook) had a really good game, offensive leader ... (Barton) hit some critical free throws," Eagles coach Matthew Jackson said.

Meanwhile, SWAC, which is coming off a 29-win season that culminated with an appearance in the Class A state championship game, showed no signs of a title-game hangover Tuesday.

"They were state runner-up; they looked like it," Jackson said. "They're very, very good, very, very athletic (and) we didn't show up."

Despite the lopsided loss, in which three players -- Cook, Deshandra Kelly and Breanna Thornton -- led the way with just six points each, Jackson is confident in his team's ability to bounce back Friday.

"We can play much better than we showed (Tuesday)," Jackson said. "And I know the girls are going to give a much better effort on Friday."