Eagles soar in opener

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 5, 2001

Sports Editor

Junior Kendaris Pelton scored 24 points and Ge-vonne Cooper added 10 as the Goshen Eagles opened the 2001-02 season with a 72-38 win over rival Luverne.

Goshen, traditionally a prolific three-point shooting team, got just two three-point baskets all night, both of those coming from guard Wesley Wright. Outside sharpshooter Averick Rogers was also quite, scoring just three points.

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Against the undersized Tigers, however, the Eagles didn’t need any shots from the perimeter.

Pelton, center Damoreo Green and back-up Lionel Freeman basically controlled the glass all game for Goshen. Green finished with eight points.

The Eagles led 36-20 at the half and started the third quarter with a 11-2 run to take control of the ball game. Averick Rogers started the run with a two-pointer and Wright knocked down his second three-pointer of the night to conclude it as Goshen built a 47-22 lead. Pelton had two baskets during the offensive spurt, including an off-the-rim dunk.

In a foul-filled fourth, Goshen ran off 14 straight to open the period before Luverne’s Brad Crittenden halted the run with two straight free throws.

The first basket of the night was a sign of things to come for the Tigers.

Pelton pulled down an offensive board and put the ball back up and in to give GHS a 2-0 lead. He added another basket on Goshen’s next trip down the floor, knocked down two free throws, and grabbed a second board and scored, helping the Eagles to an early 9-2 advantage.

Goshen led 17-9 at the end of the first, but Luverne got back-to-back baskets from Crittenden and Justin Moody to pull within four.

The Eagles responded with three-point play by Cooper and a dunk by Pelton as part of an 8-2 Goshen run.

The Goshen Lady Eagles also pulled a win off over Luverne, winning a defensive game 30-18.

The Lady Eagles were led by Hope Wheeler’s 10 points and Ashley Miniard’s eight.

Clinging to an 8-6 lead, Goshen went on a 6-0 run, with Lakeshia Cope scoring two-points and Miniard getting back-to-back baskets, including one off a Tyeka Jackson assist, to close out the second quarter.

GHS got a two-pointer from Vanessa Russell, a free throw by Candy Faulkner and another score by Cope to end the game.

Goshen travels to Georgiana on Friday night.