By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress Times
After a tight three quarters the Eagles of Eupora High School pulled away late on Tuesday night to take a hard-fought 49-39 win over region foe and county rival East Webster.
The win pushed the Eupora boys to 13-4 on the season heading into a district game Friday at Bruce. The Eagles and Lady Eagles then have three straight home games, hosting French camp on Feb. 3, Winona on Feb. 4 and and East Webster on Feb. 7.
“We made some free throws, got a couple steals and hit a couple shots,” EHS boys head coach Danya Turner said of his team’s fourth quarter against East Webster.
Deon Watkins scored 21 points to lead EHS in the win, while Trey Pittman had 12 and Chance Cooper scored seven.
“It think we are in a good spot,” Turner said in answer to a question about how his team was playing. “We just have to make the most of the opportunity that we have.”
The Eagles lost a tough 66-63 decision to Kosciusko on Monday. Corson Gunn had 21 points and 10 boards to lead EHS, while Deon Watkins had 15 points and 14 boards, Jaquille Wright scored 12 and Trey Pittman had eight points and nine rebounds.
Watkins had a huge night in Eupora’s 64-58 win over West Oktibbeha on Friday, scoring 28 points and claiming 14 rebounds. Gunn had 20 points and eight boards, while Pittman had 13 points and nine rebounds and Cooper had 12 points and six rebounds. Wright scored eight for EHS.
The Lady Eagles brought a smile to the face of first-year head coach Katie McDonald with their 73-65 win over West Oktibbeha.
“It was the best game we have played all year,” McDonald said. “We played as a team, we passed the basketball well and we rebounded well. I have got guards who are coming along and post players who are coming on. They just need to keep working together.”
Chandrea Watson scored 25 points to lead the Lady Eagles in the game, while Haley Robinson hit for 19, Jaliyaah Patterson 16 and Jabrieya Morton 10.
Eupora dropped a 61-59 overtime decision to Kosciusko on Monday night. Morton led the Lady Eagles with 21 points, while Patterson had 18, Watson 11 and Robinson nine.
East Webster fell behind Eupora early on Tuesday night and just couldn’t recover as the Lady Eagles lost 66-37. Patterson scored 13, Watson 11 and Robinson nine for Eupora.
“I feel confident going into the playoffs,” McDonald said. “We are playing better and playing more together as a team. If they stay focused and play together they can beat some people.”