Lady Eagles Take Third at State Tournament

Finish Undefeated Regular Season with Loss in San Antonio


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The Lady Eagles fell short of victory against the Lady Hawks 49-42 on March 4, 2022.

Sam Mykel, Reporter

The Lady Eagles fell short of a victory against the Hardin-Jefferson Lady Hawks 49-42 in the State Semifinal round of the playoffs. Prior to the game, the Eagles were the #1 ranked team in Division 4A with a 37-0 record while the Hawks were ranked #5 with a 33-4 record. 

The Eagles had an eight-point lead entering halftime but after a number of costly turnovers, the Hawks were able to rally back and take the lead during the third quarter.

“The third quarter’s been ours all year,” Hawks head coach Mike Fogo said. “We’ve been here and done that, we know to get settled in and follow the script.”

Senior Caroline Lyles attempts to score against the Lady Hawks in the State Semifinals on March 4, 2022. (©The Talon News | Nicholas West)

Held to only two points in the third quarter by the Hawks, the Lady Eagles made a late comeback attempt, however, fouls became an issue and hindered the team’s play.

“When we got into foul trouble, it really limited what we needed to do offensively,” Eagles head coach Chance Westmoreland said. “The fouls definitely hurt, but it’s a game of runs. We had ours and [they] had theirs.”

During the fourth quarter, the two teams played to a tie on two separate occasions with the Hawks ultimately running away with the lead and the game.

“We played great defense during that little swing,” Fogo said. “It was just go and hoop at that point and we were able to finish and execute.”

While the Hawks celebrate their win and prepare for the championship, the Eagles reflect on the loss and look forward to next year.

“We played our tails off and battled with them all game,” Westmoreland said. “It takes a lot to make it here to San Antonio and I truly believe we had something special here.”

The Lady Hawks will play in the state championship game tomorrow evening.

“We knew we couldn’t feel the pain of losing again,” senior Ashlon Jackson said. “We had the whole community on our back and we knew we couldn’t disappoint. They’re a good team, but we’re a dangerous team.”

The Lady Eagles fell short of victory against the Lady Hawks 49-42 on March 4, 2022. (©The Talon News | Nicholas West)