Eastside girls top Green Co. in home opener

COVINGTON -- The Lady Eagles played well enough to get a 61-53 win over Green County in their home opener on Tuesday.

Eastside (2-2) led by 10 points 51-41 before the Lady Tigers tied the game with less than four minutes to play. But the Lady Eagles were able to finish as strong as they started the second half to pull away at the end.

"We were flat. It's a concern, those lulls that we have," said Eastside head coach Matthew Jackson. "We have to have someone step up during those lulls. Right now we're just trying to find ourselves. We start with a lot of energy, we finish with a lot of energy but it's the middle. We don't have the scoring and we don't have the defense. We're either rushing or we don't get our hands on the loose ball."

Even though Eastside started slow, it never trailed. After ending the first quarter with a four-point lead 14-10, the Lady Tigers fought back to close the gap, ending the first half trailing by one point, 27-26.

The Lady Eagles came out to start the second half with an aggression they had not played with in the first half. They had Green County on its heels jumping out to a 47-39 lead to end the third frame. But that energy disappeared as quickly as it came, allowing the Lady Tigers to tie the game late in the final quarter.

"We were in point-blank range but missed the basket," Jackson said. "We tried to get them out of the zone and had the shots then we didn't play defense and the momentum shifted."

While Jymana Smith, Adriana Spears and Alexis Stokes each had eight points, Jazzmine Cook was Eastside's top scorer with 18 points.

"She's definitely our top scorer; how she goes we go," Jackson said of Cook. "We're trying to find others to take that burden from her and also play with her. We have girls that have that same ability."