By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent
It took Hokes Bluff about six minutes to get going against Glencoe last Tuesday (Jan. 29), the Lady Eagles delivered a knockout punch after they woke up en route to a 55-44 win.
After the Class 3A No. 10 Lady Yellow Jackets (17-9) built a quick 9-0 lead, Katy Alford started putting up 3-pointers for the hosts. Her two quick treys helped bring Hokes Bluff back during a fast-paced first quarter that ended with Glencoe clinging to a 13-11 lead.
The Lady Eagles (15-11) continued their hot shooting from downtown during the second frame, building a 26-24 lead at halftime.
“Everything we did [tonight] went right,” said Hokes Bluff head coach Shields. “This was an improvement over last night, when we only scored 28 points in a losing effort [against Geraldine].”
Alford and Hannah Evans each scored 13 points for the Lady Eagles, while Keisha Chapman finished with 11. Carlie Shields added nine points and eight assists.
The third quarter proved to be Glencoe’s downfall, as Hokes Bluff went on a 15-5 run to take a 41-29 lead after 24 minutes and never looked back.
Laura Poovey paced Glencoe with nine points.
Hokes Bluff hosts Sand Rock on Feb. 1, while Glencoe hosts Southside.