By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress-Times
In a game that was just about as tight as it could possibly be, the Eupora High School boys basketball team outscored visiting Bruce 10-7 in overtime to take a 69-66 win on Monday night.
Two days earlier the Eagles had taken a 49-26 win over Noxapater High School in the Wildcat Classic in Louisville and were 3-1 overall going into Tuesday’s night road game against Kosciusko. EHS is set to host Noxapater on Friday, while the Eupora boys will face Vardaman in the Calhoun City Classic on Saturday.
The Lady Eagles lost to Noxapater — ranked No. 4 in Class 1A — 58-39 on Saturday in the Wildcat Classic, before taking a solid 57-42 win over Bruce.
In the Eupora boys dramatic victory over Bruce each team scored the exact number of points in each quarter — 12 in the first, 13 in the second, 15 in the third and 19 in the fourth — with the game being tied 59-59 at the end of regulation.
Trey Pittman scored 23 points and had seven rebounds for Eupora in the game, while Deon Watkins had 14 points and 10 boards and Lamontae Salley picked up 14 points to go with five rebounds. Corson Gunn had 10 points and eight rebounds, while Chance Cooper recorded seven points and five rebounds.
Eupora jumped out to a 31-8 lead over Noxapater on Saturday and rolled to the 23-point win. Cooper scored 15 points to pace the Eagles, while Watkins had 13 points an 11 rebounds and Salley scored seven.
Chandrea Watson scored 23 pounds and eight rebounds to lead the Lady Eagles to their victory over Bruce, while Haley Robinson scored 15, Jabrieya Morton 10 and Brittany Cooper one.
“From Saturday to Monday it was a complete turnaround in attitude and play,” said EHS head girls coach Katie McDonald. “They did everything I could have asked them to do.”
McDonald also noted the strong play of eighth graders Korionna McKinney and Savannah Kilpatrick who played well on defense and helped with rebounding.