COVINGTON — The Lady Eagles had to overcome themselves before they grabbed and held the lead beating Monroe Area 68-48 to start Region 8-AAAA play with a win on Tuesday.
What started as a comedy of errors with turnovers and jump shots quickly settled into a basketball game. Despite being outrebounded and having missed five layups, the Lady Eagles managed to take a lead extending to a two possession advantage, 16-12, to end the first quarter.
“We didn’t have a good first quarter. Not to make excuses, but when you’re sick and have ailments you don’t play your best,” Eastside head coach Mathew Jackson said. “We came out flat, missed some layups, a lot of free-throws which made the job a lot harder.”
The Lady Eagles a chance to put the game out of reach in the second period but turnovers and poor rebounding allowed Monroe Area to stay close.
After taking a 22-15 lead, the Lady Hurricanes scored six points taking advantage of Eastside’s miscues and lack of concentration. Even though there were two or three Eastside players around the basket, the lone Monroe Area player would get the rebound and shoot two or three times until they made it or the ball would fall into the hands of the Eastside defender.
The Lady Hurricanes scored the final six points of the half taking a 29-26 lead.
Eastside started the second half a little frazzled turning the ball over in their first five possessions allowing the Lady Hurricanes to extend their lead to 33-26.
The Lady Eagles were not only able to settle down, they started making free-throws making it a 35-34 game midway through the third with Jasmine Green scoring eight of her 13 points.
“She was catalyst and was able to get in there and steal the ball,” Jackson said of Green. She had a lot of energy and attacked the basket. She made her shots and defensively she got in there and boxed out.”
Eastside was able to finish strong outscoring the Lady Hurricanes 9-2 to get a 49-42 lead to start the final period.
The Lady Eagles were able to get a double-digit lead early in the fourth as Monroe Area was held to six points in the final quarter. Helping the Lady Eagles close out the game strong was Zaria Hall-Barton scoring 10 points as she finished the game as the leading scorer with 17.
“Zaria was very big,” Jackson said. “She came up and got some rebounds, she stole the ball, attacked the basket and made her shots at the end.”
The Leading scorers for the Lady Hurricanes were Tashaiveia Kelly (13) and Kristin Root (11).