Griffin sisters soar in Eagles win over St. Luke’s

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Goshen Eagles rallied Tuesday in the second half to knock of St. Luke’s Episcopal 49-47 in the Class 2A sub-regional round of the state playoffs.

“I am very proud of them tonight,” said Eagles head coach Fred Lowery. “They didn’t want to quit and they didn’t want to give up.”

Both teams knew this could be their final game of the season. The Eagles relied on the strong inside presence of senior Shamiya Griffin who posted nine first half points and the shooting of Jada Hall, who nailed two three-pointers in the opening half. The later three allowed the Eagles to regain the lead at 20-18 after briefly trailing 18-17.

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In the second half, St. Luke’s started to press on the gas pedal. After converting from three to begin the half, St. Luke’s grabbed their first lead of the game at 23-22. That lead continued to stretch and would eventually get as big as eight points late in the third quarter.

“I told them not to quit because I wasn’t going to quit coaching,” Lowery said. “The game wasn’t over until the fat lady sang, and she wasn’t singing yet.”

The Eagles heard the message, specifically the Griffin sisters. Bre Griffin exploded in the fourth quarter and single-handily put the Eagles on top when she connected on eight straight points.

“That was extremely huge for us,” Lowery said. “They took a seven- or eight-point lead on us, and she really kept us in the game.”

With the game tied at 46 with 1:10 remaining Shamiya Griffin connected from inside to give the Eagles the lead.

Shamiya Griffin finished with 16 points on the night while her sister Bre finished with 20.

The Eagles will play Dothan in the region semifinals against a team still be determined.