COEBURN — The games between Eastside and Burton never disappoint in the ferocity department and Tuesday night was no different. Both games had the fans on their feet, as the Lady Spartans were able to hold off the Lady Raiders 59-55 to remain undefeated in the district.
Burton was able to keep it close all the way to the end, but Eastside ended up victorious despite hitting only one of nine free throws in the last minute of the game.
“We were 14 of 35 from the free throw line. That’s an important stat to start with. Anna Whited had eight steals and 18 points, so that’s a highlight. They decided they were going to take Kaylee Yates out of the game and that’s fine. But, if that happens, we have to have other people step up and our helpside defense was non-existant,” Eastside head coach Barry Ruff said.
“They won the third and the fourth quarter, but we were lucky to still win. We got outplayed tonight. We’re very fortunate to get this win,” Ruff continued.
Maggie Williams led the Lady Raiders with a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Kaylee Jenkins, Sarah Mullins and Kaitlin Lindsey had 12 points apiece.
In the boys’ game, it was a battle from the tip-off as the Raiders emerged victorious, 83-66, to tie up the Cumberland District standings.
In the first three quarters, the Spartans (15-3, 5-1) were able to keep the game within reach, but the Raiders (12-4, 5-1) outscored them 24-12 in the fourth including four quick three-pointers.
“The first quarter was a really good quarter for us. We came out and attacked and we just kept attacking the whole time. In the third quarter, they made a punch at us and we answered. We just stayed aggressive the whole game,” Burton head coach Aaron Williams said.
For senior Houston Thacker, it was like a dream come true. This was only the second time in his career that the Raiders have beat the Spartans, and he lead all-scorers with 23 points.
“We just came with the right approach. We were all locked in. We believed in what coach Williams said. We executed and did what we were supposed to do,” Thacker said.