WSN Lady Eagles end losing streak

Published 1:25 pm Wednesday, January 19, 2011

For the first time since the first game of the season, the W.S. Neal Lady Eagles tasted the sweet taste of victory Tuesday night at home as they defeated Hillcrest 54-50 in an area game.
While the Lady Eagles earned a win, the B-team and varsity Eagles lost to the Jaguars.
The B-team Eagles lost to former Eagle student Brett Chancery and his B-team Jaguars 5-15 while the varsity lost 51-33.
With the losses, the B-team fell to 1-11 while the varsity Eagles lost their 11th straight game to drop to 3-17 overall and 0-5 in area play.
The Lady Eagles improved to 2-15 overall as they ended their 15 game losing streak and picked up their first area win to improve to 1-4 overall.
W.S. Neal will be back in action Friday at home as they take on Monroe County in another area contest.
Game time is set for 4:30 p.m. in East Brewton.

Hillcrest 50, WSN B-team 15
The W.S. Neal B-team Eagles were held to two points the entire first half as the visiting Jaguars rolled to a 35-point win.
Hillcrest led the Eagles 14-2 after the first quarter and extended their lead to 22-2 at the half following an 8-0 scoring advantage in the second quarter.
In the third quarter, W.S. Neal scored four points but Hillcrest racked up 13 points to increase their lead by nine to 35-6 heading into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth, the Jaguars held a 15-9 advantage to get the win by 35 points.
Trevor Burns led the Eagles with five points and Rob Jones and Zack Haveard had four points each. Devin Stallworth chipped in two points in the loss for the Eagles.

WSN Lady Eagles 54, Hillcrest 50
Keyvonnia Kyles poured in 31 points Tuesday night as the Lady Eagles ended their 15-game losing streak with a 54-50 win over Hillcrest.
W.S. Neal led 17-12 after the first quarter and 27-24 at the half following a 12-10 advantage for Hillcrest in the second.
In the third, both teams scored 10 points as W.S. Neal went into the fourth quarter with a 37-34 lead.
In the fourth, W.S. Neal edged Hillcrest 17-16 to get the win by four points.
Along with Kyles’ 31 points, Angelique Askew had six points, Jasmine Crook had five, Courtney Emmons had four, Tiana Smith had three, Arianna Jones and Glenshia Butler had two each and Megan Andrews had one.
“It is always good to get the first area win,” W.S. Neal Lady Eagle head coach John Saxon said. “It was good to see us play as a team. That is the first time since the first game of the season that we had done that. We shot our free throws well and made 19 and that was a deciding point in the game. It has lost a lot of games for us as free throws have made the difference. The girls were excited. They wanted this win and they played good and deserved to win. Hopefully this will help us pick up some wins in our remaining games.”
David’s Catfish House presented the game ball for the Lady Eagles.

Hillcrest 51, WSN varsity 33
Trailing big early, the W.S. Neal varsity Eagles fought back late in the game only to see them lose by 18 to the No. 3 Hillcrest Jaguars.
W.S. Neal trailed 13-9 after the first quarter and 32-11 at the half following a 19-2 Hillcrest advantage in the second quarter.
In the third, W.S. Neal fought back and outscored the Jaguars 17-4 in the quarter to trail 36-28 heading into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth, the Jaguars ended the game on a 15-5 run to get the win.
Hudson Brown led W.S. Neal with 10 points and Montrel Banks and Kenyen Nettles had six points each.
Dalton Evans and Kenny Kiser had four each and Josiah Nettles had three in the loss.
“We played very hard tonight,” W.S. Neal varsity Eagle head coach Derek Roberts said. “We went down by 20 and fought back to cut the lead to eight with 6:48 left in the game. After cutting the lead to eight, we gave ourselves a chance to win. I have to give Hillcrest credit, they are a talented and very strong team at all positions. I am proud of the W.S. Neal players and I am proud of how hard they played. My players are now beginning to realize how hard work can give you a chance to win.”