The GR Christian girls basketball team has been a pleasant surprise to most Eagle fans this season, but for first year Head Coach Tom Buteyn, he knew they had it in them all along.
After losing most of last year’s 19-1 team to graduation, as well their Head Coach, the Eagles were left to rebuild and hope that their efforts would be a success. Well so far early this season, I would say the Eagles have been a huge success, especially considering the circumstances dealt to them.
Friday night, the Eagles faced a Greenville team who coming into the game was 6-2 and 1-1 in the conference. A huge game for the Eagles, after coming off an even bigger victory over Northview last week, the Eagles had the chance to prove they were no slouch and catapult themselves to the top of the OK-White Conference at 3-0.
They did just that!
The Lady Eagles, who improved to 4-6 overall and 3-0 in the conference with a 48-40 win over the Yellow Jackets, used a balanced attack and their usual tough nosed defense to earn the victory. After being down early in the game at 10-6 the Lady Eagles fought back to take a 28-20 lead at the halftime break, a lead that seemed as if it was 20 points in a defensive battle and low scoring affair like this one.
The second half showed much of the same as the Eagles defense stung the Yellow Jackets. Greenville was held to only five second half field goals and at one point in the second half went without a field goal for over 8 minutes. That’s the type of defense Coach Buteyn preaches will win games. The Eagles have bought into that approach and have turned up the heat on the other teams in the OK-White.
Tyra Smith led the Eagles with 15 points and Paris Madison chipped in 11 as the Eagles soared once again!
The Eagles will host Kenowa Hills tomorrow night as they try to move to 4-0 in conference play…
The Eagles boys didn’t have as much fun Friday night as did the girls. A game which gave the Eagles a chance to put the Greenville Yellow Jackets (9-0) in their place turned out to be a nightmare as Greenville used a 13-2 3rd quarter run to beat the Eagles inside their own nest at Quest Center by a score of 74-65.
The Eagles were unable to stop Yellow Jackets senior Chris Mickey as he poured in 30 points as well as 23 points from Austin Somerfield.
Drake Harris led the Eagles with 23 points.
With the loss the Eagles fell to 2nd place in the OK-White at 2-1 and a 5-3 record overall.
The Eagles will meet the Yellow Jackets again on February 10 for a match up that could decide who wins the 2011-12 OK-White Crown. Tomorrow night the Eagles will travel to Kenowa Hills for a 7:30 pm match up.
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