Missed opportunities hamper Eagles in loss to Hilltoppers

Eupora High School girls basketball coach Jonathan Childs sports a tackily Christmas jacket while addressing his team.

Staff Writer

Some missed opportunities by Eupora were Houston’s gain on Thursday night as the Hilltoppers took care of the Eagles 79-59.

The score wasn’t indicative of the game as Eupora had its chances. Some missed shots around the goal and some miscues on the defensive end helped Houston get the win. It dropped the Eagles to 1-11 for the year as they continue to struggle to find ways to win.

“The kids played hard, but in certain situations we got relaxed,” Eupora head coach Eric Marshall said. “We didn’t box out like we should. We’ve got to learn how to stay out of foul trouble, but I’m proud of the kids for fighting.”

The Eagles had 16 points from Jarrean Patterson, 14 from Zak Morris, 13 from Kaleb Rush, and 12 from D.J.  Patterson as the starters had a balanced night. Unfortunately, only one more player scored on the team as Eupora couldn’t match the production of Houston’s offense.

Things looked sharp for the Eagles in the first quarter as they jumped out to a 9-3 lead but that didn’t hold. Houston eventually took a lead midway through the quarter and were up 19-16 after the first. That provided the momentum the Hilltoppers needed.

“I think they started getting wide open shots and our guys weren’t closing out like they should,” Marshall said. “They started hitting 3-pointers and that’s what got them into the game. We hit them first but they got a couple of long balls and then they couldn’t miss.”

The lead grew by each quarter as it was 42-31 at halftime and then 59-46 after three quarters. The Eagles did make a run in the third when they closed it to 45-37 with five minutes left but Houston would lead by as much as 19 that quarter after Eupora made a run.

The Eagles take off the next two weeks before coming back to start region play against Leflore County on January 4.

Girls Game
Houston 64,
Eupora 42

A dominant first quarter from the Lady Hilltoppers was more than enough to maintain control of the game over the homestanding Lady Eagles as Eupora fell to 1-9.

“We’re a really young team and we have really slow starts,” Eupora head coach Jonathan Childs said. “If we could play with the energy that we do in the third quarter, we’d be in a lot better positions to win games.”

The Lady Eagles fell behind 24-8 after the first quarter and got it as close as 12 points in the second before Houston pulled away. With the lead down to 29-17, Houston made back-to-back 3-pointers to get the game under control. The Lady Hilltoppers led 35-19 at the break and 55-30 after three quarters as they coasted to the win.

In the loss, Eupora had 14 points from Princess Carr and another 12 points from Takiyah Townsend.