Lady Eagles will play Thursday in regional
by Lori Tippets
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The Jacksonville Lady Eagles will return to the Northeast Regionals this week after defeating Munford 65-43 in sub-region play.

The Lady Eagles (21-7) will play Madison County (21-9) Thursday at Pete Mathews Coliseum at 6 p.m.

Jacksonville took a big lead over Munford at the start of the game, leading by as much as ten points.

Munford battled back and Jacksonville led by only two, 28-26 at the end of the half.

Jacksonville came back in the second half rejuvenated and allowed Munford only 17 points while scoring 37 points of their own.

Jacksonville Head Coach Ryan Chambless said that at halftime he stressed the importance of defense to his team. “Our defensive effort was not where it needed to be,” said Chambless. “The second half they did that a lot better and we were able to hold the ball on offense. I just told them to play the way we’ve been playing.”

“When we got up by ten points I thought we would just push ahead but fouls got us in trouble.

“I thought everyone stepped up in the second half. They had a wake up call at the half and played the second half really well. Dasia (Kirksey) and Sierra (Stone) really started pressing underneath and we were able to get some layups.”

Kirksey ended with a game high 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Eagles.

Jacksonville’s defense was much more prominent in the second half and the Lady Eagle defense forced 20 Munford turnovers.

Virginia Poe was also in double figures for Jacksonville with 16 points, and Stone added 11.

Also scoring for Jacksonville were Angel Kidd, 9, Darrien Martin, 5, and Ataliya Morgan, Kelsey Ervin and Destiny Easley each had two points.

The Lady Eagles will now face Madison County in the Regional tournament, and both teams match up pretty even, according to Chambless.

“They have a really good point guard, a good shooter on the wing and a good post player,” said Chambless. “They have been winning, they know how to win. I think both teams know how to win.”
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