MADISON – Following a closely fought contest that extended into overtime the Eupora Lady Eagles ended Friday evening victorious over Madison St. Joseph's 56-53.
“The game was pretty close the entire time,” Eupora coach Bryant Thomas said. “During the first half, St. Joe went up, but we went in at halftime and made some thorough adjustments. After that, we just hit our shots and came out with a huge, huge win.”
Things were pretty tight during the entire game right up until the end when Jaliyaah Patterson sunk a 3-point field goal to tie the game and send the teams to overtime.
During the free period, the Lady Eagles and host team St. Joseph's continued to battle as the game came right down to the wire with Eupora claiming a three-point victory.
After hitting the game saving 3-pointer, Patterson ended her night tied with Haley Robinson with 18 points.
Following the win, Eupora will hit the road to face Bay Springs in the first round of the Class 2A South State playoffs.
East Webster 33
MADISON – While the Eupora girls’ game was a intensely fought battle, the Eagles cruised their way to victory over East Webster.
“After losing Thursday, I was expecting a little bit of a let down, but the kids came out and responded,” Thomas said. “We have played them several times and (Friday) we adjusted the offense a little bit. We jumped on them from the beginning and the kids did all the little things right. They played unselfish and when we do that, we come out on top.”
Led by Derrick Jones with 29 points, the Eagles took control of the game early on and they never looked back as they enjoyed a 27-point victory that advanced them to the Class 2A South State playoffs.
As a No. 3 seed, Eupora will have to travel for its first game where it will face the loser of the Bay Springs-Taylorsville game.
East Webster 46
MADISON – In championship action, the Lady Wolverines faced off with the Lady Dragons of Pisgah.
Coming down to the final minutes of overtime, East Webster was defeated placing them as the No. 2 seed in next week’s Class 2A South State playoffs.
In the beginning, things looked to be going the Lady Wolverines way as they held a 10-2 lead heading into the second period.
Scoring began to tighten up during the second period as East Webster only led by four points heading into the half with a 22-18 lead.
The situation remained tight throughout the second half as the two teams were tied at 40 at the end of regulation.
Overtime was not kind to the Lady Wolverines, who saw their chances of victory disappear, as Pisgah outscored them 15-6 to claim the win.
Despite the loss, East Webster will host the first round of the 2A south state playoffs which begin on Monday.