Two down, one to go.
The Spalding Lady Jags basketball team got revenge on the second of the three region teams that beat them earlier in the season, pulling out a 45-41 win over the Eagle’s Landing Lady Golden Eagles Friday night in Region 4-AAA action at home, the Lady Jags’ eighth straight win.
Spalding (11-3 overall, 7-3 in the region) is making a habit of playing close games with its region opponents during this 8-game win streak.
The Lady Jags defeated Rutland by six this past Tuesday (55-49), beat Woodward Academy by two on Jan. 12 (35-33) and nipped Mary Persons by one on Jan. 5 (49-48).
The way Friday’s game started, it looked like Eagle’s Landing (11-4, 9-3) planned to be streak busters.
ELHS got to all the loose balls and took advantage of several Spalding turnovers to lead 19-14 at the half.
The Lady Jags were 0-for-6 in the second quarter and managed to score one point — a free throw from Dee Dee Matthews.
The halftime score would’ve been higher if ELHS hadn’t missed five shots in the second.
“This game was a tale of two halves — sluggish with no defense in the first, more activity and defense in the second,” said Spalding head coach Demetrius King.
Down 21-17 in the third quarter, Spalding went on a 7-2 run to take a 24-23 lead, with Matthews (15 points) scoring six points in the paint. Shakeva Richards’ jumper at the buzzer put Spalding ahead 30-27 heading into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth, ELHS overcame a 36-31 deficit to lead 37-36 with 2:00 left on a basket by Arkia Armstrong. Richards (18 points) and Shay Williams then sank two free throws each to give Spalding a 40-37 lead.
With the score at 40-39 Spalding, ELHS looked to take the lead, but Kiara Smith’s steal and layup sealed the game for Spalding at 42-39.
Spalding hosts South Atlanta today at 6 p.m. and ends the homestand with Maynard Jackson High Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 6 p.m.
Maynard Jackson is the only other team that’s defeated Spalding this season.