By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress Times
The games may have been won in different ways, but the results — and the final scores — were the same for the Eupora High School basketball teams on Tuesday night.
The Lady Eagles outscored Choctaw County 10-5 in overtime to take a 54-49 win, while the EHS boys jumped out to a quick lead and then had to battle and scrap to take a 54-49 win over the homestanding Chargers.
“The best turnaround for us in the last week has been in attitude,” said Eupora girls head coach Katy McDonald. “We had some really good practices. My philosophy is perfect practice makes perfect. Not just practice, but perfect practice.”
Jaliyaah Patterson scored 17 points and had seven steals for EHS to lead the Lady Eagles, while Chandrea Watson scored 16, Haley Robertson 13 and Jabreya Morton six. McDonald said Brittany Cooper and Katrina Robinson also came in and provided some strong defense for her Lady Eagles.
With the win Eupora improved to 1-2 on the season. “We have cut our turnovers in half — from 24 to 12 — since the start of the season, so that’s good,” McDonald said.
Trey Pittman ripped a pair of three-pointers early to help Eupora get out to an 8-0 lead in the boys win over CCHS.
“We really did well early,” said EHS boys head coach Danya Turner. “We kept the ball moving and were in the flow of the game. Then we started turning the ball over.”
The Eagles fell behind in the second quarter and were tied 29-29 at the half. Choctaw County scored 15 points in the second quarter, with nine of those coming off the free throw line.
“That’s not good defense,” Turner said. “We kept putting them on the line with silly fouls.”
Pittman led the winners with 17 points, while Chance Cooper scored 15 and Deon Watkins hit for 11.
The Eagles and Lady Eagles return to action on Saturday in the Louisville Classic, with the girls facing Noxapater at 1:30 p.m. and the boys playing the Tigers at 3 p.m.
Eupora then hosts Bruce on Monday in a make-up game, before visiting Kosciusko on Tuesday. The Eagles and Lady Eagles host Noxapater on Dec. 20, while the boys take on Vardaman in the Calhoun City Classic on Nov. 21.