Both teams are ranked in the top ten of the state in Class 4A, with Jacksonville ranked at No.3 and Cherokee County No.9 in the latest poll.
While the Lady Warriors led by a narrow two points at the end of the first quarter, Jacksonville had managed to take a one-point 20-19 lead into the locker room at the half.
It was the third quarter that proved the downfall for the Lady Eagles as they were outscored 15-8 and just couldn’t make up the difference, despite a last second shot from three point range to tie up the game.
Jacksonville had a poor shooting night, hitting just 3-of-18 from beyond the arc, and 3-of-14 from the foul line.
“We missed a ton of lay-ups and free throws and just shot badly,” said head coach Ryan Chambless after the game.
“We haven’t had a game where we played that poorly on offense. We had no high level of intensity on defense. They picked up apart early.”
Jacksonville’s season leading scorer, Sharon Osterbind fouled out with five minutes left to go in the game with nine points and five rebounds.
The Lady Eagles team has been suffering from the flu, but Chambless offered that as no excuse. “We just didn’t get after it,” explained Chambless.
Angel Kidd led the Lady Eagles in scoring with 12 points and Kenyatta Ervin was also in double figures with 10 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.
Virginia Poe had five points and 12 rebounds, Darrien Martin 4 points, Abby Jaskowski 3, Tamaria Mays 2 and Destiny Easley had one point in the loss.
The Lady Eagles almost suffered their second loss of the season the following night at home against Ft. Payne, but rebounded to take away a 56-52 victory.
Free throw shooting once again was a problem for Jacksonville who hit only 13-of-33 from the line.
The score was tied late in the fourth quarter before the Lady Eagles put it away.
Ervin led the Lady Eagles with another double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds and Kidd and Poe scored 13 points each.
Osterbind contributed 8 points, followed by Mays with 5 and Martin with one point.
Earlier in the week the Lady Eagles had a very easy time with Hokes Bluff as the Lady Eagles of Jacksonville beat the Lady Eagles of Hokes Bluff 49-28.
Osterbind, Kidd and Ervin were all in double figures with 15, 12 and 10 points. Poe contributed nine points and Jaskowski three in the win.