Both Eupora squads make basketball playoffs

By Rocky Higginbotham

Webster Progress TImes

It was a busy week for the basketball teams at Eupora, both of whom played three contests in the Region 4-2A Tournament at Calhoun City last week.

Both also qualified for the MHSAA Class 2A state playoffs this week.

Eupora’s boys exited the 4-2A tourney as the No. 3 seed, while the girls came out of district as the No. 4 seed.

The Lady Eagles, 12-11 overall, were to pay a visit to Region 2-2A champion Coahoma County Monday night in a first-round state playoff game. A loss would end their season, but a win sends them into a second-round matchup Friday night at 7 against either West Bolivar or Baldwyn.

The Eagles, meanwhile, entered this week with a 13-12 record. Eupora’s boys were at West Tallahatchie on Tuesday night in a first-round, elimination playoff game. A win would send them into a Saturday night showdown in the second round against either South Delta or Walnut.

Eupora’s boys opened the region tournament last week with a 66-36 thumping of Winona. After a 78-50 loss to host Calhoun City in the semifinals, the Eagles came up with a big 56-55 win over East Webster in the consolation game on Friday.

The Lady Eagles topped Bruce 57-39 last Tuesday in first-round play, then lost 54-34 to East Webster in the semifinals on Thursday and fell 60-54 to Winona in the consolation game Friday.

In the Eagles’ big win over Winona last Tuesday, Eupora erupted for 23 points in the second quarter to build a 35-18 lead.

Al Dumas had a double-double with 20 points, 11 steals and three assists while Kaylend Coffey scored 18 points and had seven rebounds.

Makaylon Bean scored 15 points and also grabbed seven boards; Jarren Patterson scored nine points; Beau Hervey had six rebounds; and Kieem Bell had three steals.

The Eagles then lost to the host Wildcats on Thursday, as Calhoun City roared to a 55-23 lead in the first half.

Coffey scored 15 points and had five rebounds, Bean scored 12 points, Dumas scored nine and freshman Devean Turner scored eight for Eupora.

In Friday night’s consolation win over East Webster, Bean led the way with 15 points and three assists while Dumas had 13 points and three steals.

Coffey scored 10 points, Cameron Culpepper scored nine points and Bell had nine points and seven rebounds.

The Lady Eagles opened the district tournament with an easy win over Bruce. Eupora was down after one quarter but finished the first half on a 16-4 run and never trailed again.

Jabrieya Morton’s 24 points and 12 rebounds led the way, while Haley Farley scored 10 points and had five rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Jasmine Gary added eight points, four assists and three steals; Korionna McKinney had six rebounds; Kyla Patterson had five rebounds; and Earlina Bingham had three steals.

In the semifinal loss to East Webster, Eupora trailed 26-16 at halftime and could not recover. Morton had 16 points and four blocked shots and Bingham had eight rebounds.

In the consolation loss to Winona Friday night, Morton pumped in 24 points, Farley knocked down four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points and Bingham chipped in six points.