Things looking up for Eupora basketball

By Austin Bishop Webster Progress-Times

While both the Eagles and Lady Eagles saw their seasons come to an end earlier this year, there has been plenty of optimism stored up for the future.

“Both programs are going in the right direction,” EHS head boys and girls coach Bryant Thomas told reporters. “The kids are buying in and that’s the first thing you need.”

The Eupora boys, who were without three players on Tuesday night in the first round of the MHSAA Class 2A State Tournament, dropped a 51-43 road decision to Taylorsville. The EHS girls lost to host Bay Springs 51-26 on Monday night.

Both the EHS boys and girls went into the MHSAA 2A playoffs with third-place finishes in the region tournament last weekend in Madison. The Lady Eagles took a dramatic 56-53 overtime win over host Madison St. Joseph’s in the consolation game of the region tourney, while the Eupora boys took third place in the event with a solid 60-33 win over rival East Webster.

Derrick Jones led EHS with 29 points in the win over the Wolverines, while he scored 12 points for the Eagles in Tuesday night’s loss to the Tartars of Taylorsville.

The Eagles trailed just 28-26 at the half, but the lack of depth hurt EHS down the stretch as Taylorsville was able to advance with the eight-point win.

The Lady Eagles of EHS used a three-pointer by Jaliyaah Patterson to send Friday night’s consolation game into overtime, setting up Eupora’s eventual three-point win. Patterson and Haley Robinson scored 18 points each to lead the winners.

On Monday night Bay Springs jumped out to a 29-18 halftime lead and was able to continue to build its lead throughout the second half. Robinson scored eight points to lead EHS against the Lady Bulldogs, while Sydney Simmons had a team high eight rebounds and three blocked shots.