Lady Eagles fall in rivalry game

Hayden Boudreaux

After two straight home losses the Lady Eagles were looking to turn things around against their new in-state rival Georgia State. Unfortunately, the Panthers put on one of their best performances of the year and netted a victory, 82-54.

The fireworks started early as the Panthers scored on their first four opening possessions, with two three pointers. The Eagles grabbed a few baskets of their own but struggled to slow the opposing onslaught. Georgia State passed the ball with great finesse and was giving their ‘A’ game. The score continued to pile up as the Eagles trailed 19-4 six minutes into the contest. 

Sophomore guard Angel McGowan was able to spark an Eagle rally that began with a 6-2 run. They were able to slow the attack, but Georgia State was firing on all cylinders. Sophomore guard Alexis Sams kept things alive with a three pointer to make the score 31-17 with six minutes remaining in the first half. It seemed as if another team appeared from the home side as McGowan led her team within ten. The Panthers resisted and continued to rain down threes. The half concluded with the Panthers on top, 41-24.

It was another slow start for the Lady Eagles in the second half as they allowed a 3-13 run. The frustration could be seen on the home bench as the lead continued to grow. McGowan had been responsible for half of the team’s points with 15. Senior guard Anna Claire Knight tried to spark life back in her team with a three pointer. 

The Lady Eagles found some life behind junior Patrice Butler and McGowan. Butler held her own in the keys on defense but found herself outnumbered on numerous occasions. As time wound down head coach Chris Vozab was able to mix in some players off the bench who haven’t seen much time this season. The game concluded with the Panthers taking home a victory, 82-54.