Eagles drop basketball opener to Calhoun City

By Austin Bishop

The Webster Progress-Times

 

After weeks of waiting, the Eupora High School boys basketball team finally hit the court on Tuesday night. While the final result may not have been what first-year head coach Danya Turner and his Eagles were looking for, he did like some of what he saw in Eupora’s 70-55 loss to homestanding Calhoun City.

“I was pleased with the effort for the first game,” Turner said. “We played with them most of the game. It was tied at the end of the first quarter (13-13), but we just began to turn the ball over. We are working to get better.”

The Eagles got a little later start to the season than most schools due to the high school football playoffs.

Deon Watkins led Eupora with 16 points, while Lamontae Salley and Corson Gunn tossed in 10 apiece.

The Lady Eagles lost to Calhoun City 83-48 in a game that had 45 fouls called in it to fall to 0-2 on the season.

“We just got in foul trouble and couldn’t attack the defense,” said first-year EHS head girls coach Katy McDonald.

Jaliyaah Patterson led the Lady Eagles with 24 points, while Jabreya Morton scored 10 points and claimed 13 rebounds. Chandrea Watson scored seven points for EHS, while Haley Robinson had five and Brittany Cooper two.

The Eagles and Lady Eagles return to action when they host Bruce on Friday. Eupora then visits Choctaw County on Tuesday.