If two people had argued over the possible outcomes before Friday’s game on Jan. 11, one would have mentioned the Lady Eagles’ fantastic 12-3 winning record going into the contest. The other would have pointed out that, while the Grants Pass Lady Cavers’ win-loss ratio was not as impressive, they had faced several high-caliber teams this year and should have given the Lady Eagles their toughest competition yet. Grants Pass was the first 6A division school on their schedule this season. So, on paper, this was a game the Lady Eagles should have lost.
But, they did not.
The Lady Eagles played a tough game, and beat Grants Pass by a score of 51 – 49. They were down by four at the end of the first quarter, and trailed by eight at halftime. But, the Lady Eagles made adjustments in the second half, and brought the score to within three points in the third quarter, before taking it away in the fourth.
“Defense,” said Eagle Point’s assistant coach, Elizabeth Bilden, when asked what led to the victory. “We fully committed on defense and that’s what the game changer was.”
Major contributions came from Sidney May, Adriene Wood and Casie Johnson. May scored 17 points altogether, with two three-pointers. Wood put up 15 points, including three baskets from outside the three-line. And Johnson got a total 11 points. Wood scored the game-winning basket, after getting her own rebound, with less than six seconds left in the fourth quarter. She was rightly congratulated by her teammates immediately afterward.
Kinsey Bradshaw also played a solid game in her own right, even if it did not show much on the scoreboard. Several times, Bradshaw put herself in exactly the right position to make the play. One example happened early in the Lady Eagles’ comeback fourth quarter, when Wood threw a cross-court pass to Johnson in the corner, who then assisted Bradshaw for a layup.
The Eagle Point home crowd was especially vocal during the last two quarters, and it is fair to say the enthusiastic cheers helped the team to a win. Please come out to show the same support, and more, when the Lady Eagles take on Crater High School for their next game at home on Tuesday, Jan. 15.