Jacksonville was down by one at the end of the first half, but quickly took control of the game when it outscored Cherokee County 8-2 to start the third quarter. A 3-pointer by the Warriors closed the gap to four points at 34-30 with 3:30 left in the third quarter but that is as close as Cherokee County would get.
One of the main differences in the game for the Lady Eagles was senior Kenyatta Ervin who ended the game leading Jacksonville with 14 points. Ervin was 7-for-11 from the field and scored six straight points for Jacksonville at the end of the third quarter and into the fourth quarter. Ervin made her presence known under the basket.
According to Ervin it was practice that made all the difference between this game and the loss at Centre. “We knew we were going to play them again and we knew that it would be one of our toughest games of the year, so we hit it hard and changed a few things up in practice and then went out and executed,” said Ervin.
“I felt like it was my job as a senior to go out and step it up, “admitted Ervin. “I feel like we are getting better and better every day. It’s going to take work and nothing comes easy anymore, we have a big target on our back but it is hard work and determination that will get us far.”
Earlier in the week the Lady Eagles had a very easy time with Clay Central, beating them 84-25. Jacksonville had four players in double figures with Ervin leading the way with 14 points, Virginia Poe adding 12, Sharon Osterbind 11 and Dasia Kirksey 10.
None of the Jacksonville starters played more than 13 minutes of the game and twelve Lady Eagles scored in the contest.
Over the Christmas holidays Jacksonville had two tough losses going down in defeat to Sylacauga 63-36 and Oak Mountain 62-34.
Sylacauga led the Lady Eagles 27-15 at the half. Angel Kidd led Jacksonville with 14 points followed by Ervin with 13.
Jacksonville was down 30-19 at the half against Oak Mountain and the lead was just too much to overcome. Kidd and Ervin both scored 10 points for the Lady Eagles and Destiny Easley added 9.
The Lady Eagles have two important area games this week playing Alexandria in an away game on Tuesday and then will host Hokes Bluff at home on Friday.