County rivals: Lady Eagles spoil Bulldogs’ home opener

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Goshen Lady Eagles defeated cross county rival Pike County 56-36 on Tuesday night.

The Eagles improve 3-1 on the season.

“We just have to finish,” said Eagles head coach Fred Lowery. “We played a tremendous first half and then play got physical and too sloppy.”

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The Eagles led after each quarter and held the Bulldogs to just 11 first half points, taking a 31-11 lead into halftime.

“We were able to run and we got a lot of fast breaks,” Lowery said. “We kicked the ball out to the outlet, and we were able to lay up the basketball before they got back.”

The Bulldogs fought back in the second half got as close as 19 points down in the fourth quarter. The Eagles and Bulldogs finished the second half both scoring 15 points.

“We have to be able to finish,” Lowery said. “When we have someone down, we were winning by twenty points, we need to be able to cut the head off and finish games.”

Sisters Bre Griffin and Shamiya Griffin led the Eagles in scoring with 16 points while Taylor Hughes finished with eight points on the night.

Jayla Lampley led the Lady Bulldogs with 10, while Precious Vaznaian finished with nine.

“We are not mentally tough,” said Bulldogs coach Todd Reynolds. “We spotted them 20 points in the first quarter and played them even the rest of the game. The people we needed points from the most had poor games. It’s hard to win when your top two threats have poor games.”

The Eagles and Bulldogs boys basketball teams closed out the evening on Tuesday evening. The Bulldogs took a 23-12 lead into halftime and at press time held a 28-24 lead with 1:09 remaining in the third quarter.

The Eagles will be back in action on December 9 when they travel to take on G.W. Long. The Bulldogs will travel to p Bullock County on Thursday.