Jenkins, Johnson help send Lady Eagles to regionals

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By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

Maddy Jenkins scored 16 points – 12 in the first half – to lead Hokes Bluff to a 48-33 win on Monday (Feb. 15) in the Class 4A subregional round at HBHS.

The Lady Eagles (28-3) advanced to the Northeast Regional Tournament at Jacksonville State, where they will face either Locust Fork or Priceville at 6 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 20).

Head coach Jason Shields was excited about the way his team played defense along with its early offensive explosion. 

“We played good on offense, but our offense comes and goes; our defense is solid. We got a lift from Maddy (Jenkins) tonight. Kendall Johnson played her usual solid game, but Maddy came through on the offensive end.”

Johnson added 16 points to the Eagle scoring barrage.

Hokes Bluff hit three big 3-point shots in the opening period, two by Sydney Ball and one by Jenkins as the Lady Eagles built a 15-8 lead. 

The hosts continued the pressure on the defensive end as their lead grew to 27-10 at the first half.

Hokes Bluff saw Johnson step up in the second half, scoring 14 points down the stretch run to take away Jacksonville’s only hope of a comeback. The Lady Eagles led 35-19 after three quarters. 

Kyra Williams led the Lady Golden Eagles with 19 points. 

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