Lady Eagles come through in clutch in first victory
PABLO — When it mattered the most, the Lady Eagles pulled it together to pick up their first win of the season.
Trailing Lincoln for most of the game Saturday, Two Eagle River didn’t take their first lead until late in the fourth quarter and then hit key free throws down the stretch to hold on to a 38-33 win in front of their home crowd.
“We figured it out when we needed to. I’m just glad to get the girls off the losing streak,” Two Eagle River coach Mark Shackelford said.
Falling behind 21-12 at halftime, the Lady Eagles didn’t take their first lead until 2:11 in the fourth quarter, when senior Sam Ness hit a 3-pointer from the corner to give them a 32-31 lead. Ness, who finished with seven points and four steals, had missed her four 3-point attempts up to that the point.
After two Lady Lynx free throws, senior Karsyn Wilder put the Lady Eagles up for good, when she banked in a shot about 15-feet out surrounded by Lynx defenders with only 36 seconds left to play.
“When I saw her shoot it I was kind of cringing. I didn’t think it was a very good shot, but it found a way to go in,” Shackelford said, of Wilder’s first basket of the game, which gave the Lady Eagles a 34-33 lead.
Senior Adele Frost iced the game with four free throws in the final 20 seconds. The Lady Eagles were 4-for-10 from the line in the fourth quarter prior to Frost’s final four free throws. Frost finished with game-high 13 points.
Jaylen Carpentier had 12 points for the Lady Eagles and also pulled down a dozen rebounds.
The Lady Eagles started the week by being torched by Lady Tiger Heather Pruitt in a 56-33 loss to St. Regis at home Thursday. The St. Regis senior matched the Lady Eagles with 33 points, almost matching her career-high 37 points she had against Two Eagle in an overtime game at Districts two years ago.
Carpentier led the Lady Eagles with 14 points. Ness added 10 and Wilder finished with six.
The Lady Eagles (1-5, 0-2) will host Valley Christian Thursday and Hot Springs Saturday.
St. Regis 56, Two Eagle River 33
St. Regis 11 18 1314–56
Two Eagle 1 19 9 4–33
ST. REGIS - Julianna Spencer 8, Leandra Baldwin 6, Brianna Managhan 9, Heather Pruitt 33.
TWO EAGLE RIVER - Adele Frost 3, Karsyn Wilder 6, Sam Ness 10, Jaylen Carpentier 14.
Two Eagle River 38, Lincoln 33
Lincoln 10 11 6 6–33
Two Eagle 6 6 11 15–38
LINCOLN - Katie Menard 9, Sarah Eisenzimer 8, Michelle Korman 2, Loni Brady 2, Jessica Dunbaer 7, Brittany Couture 2, Karissa Fox 1.
TWO EAGLE RIVER - Adele Frost 13, Karsyn Wilder 4, Sam Ness 7, Jaylen Carpentier 12, Tiana Piapot 2.