Eupora squads set for region tournament

By Rocky Higginbotham

Webster Progress TImes

Eupora’s boys and girls basketball teams are in action this week in the Region 4-2A Tournament at Calhoun City, where both are trying to earn a berth in next week’s state basketball playoffs.

The Lady Eagles entered the week with a record of 11-9 after losing to Calhoun City last Tuesday but rebounding to knock off rival East Webster on Friday. The Eagles, meanwhile, dropped both of their contests last week to finish up the regular season with a record of 11-11.

This week, Eupora’s girls were to face off against Bruce on Tuesday night in a must-win game to keep their season alive. A win will send them into a Thursday night semifinal game against top-seeded East Webster. The girls’ championship game is set for 7 p.m., Friday night, with the consolation game slated for 4 p.m.

Eupora’s boys, meanwhile, were to battle Winona on Tuesday in their must-win contest to keep their season alive as well. A win by the Eagles sends them into a semifinal game against host Calhoun City Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. The boys’ championship is set for 8:30 p.m., Friday, with the consolation game at 5:30.

Before last Friday night’s big 57-54 win over East Webster, Eupora’s girls dropped a 65-42 decision at Calhoun City last Tuesday night.

The Lady Eagles trailed by just two points after one quarter and were still down just 31-23 at halftime. The host Lady Wildcats outscored them 20-6 in the final period.

Haley Farley’s 12 points led Eupora, while Jabrieya Morton tallied seven points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots.

Earlina Bingham stuffed the stat sheet with six points, eight rebounds, three assists and four steals; Jasmine Conley scored five points; and Kyla Patterson added five rebounds.

In the boys’ contest, the highly-touted Wildcats from Calhoun City erupted for 31 points in the first quarter and 35 more in the second period on their way to a commanding 66-29 halftime lead and 91-48 victory.

Al Dumas, who missed Eupora’s 67-38 loss to East Webster on Friday night, was the high scorer at Calhoun City with 17 points, three assists and three steals.

Kaylend Coffey and Kieem Bell scored 10 points apiece for Eupora in that contest, while Charvez Embry grabbed a team-best six rebounds.