The Lady Eagles trailed by 35 points entering the fourth quarter, but made a late run against Henry County’s bench, but there wasn’t enough time as the Lady Warhawks pulled away to win 53-43.
The Lady Eagles opened the game losing the tip but a good defensive possession forced a miss and Sydney Mask got Eastside on the scoreboard with a running hook for the first points of the game.
Eastside began the game strong defensively taking a 6-2 lead after a putback by Chassity Smith. None of the shots Henry County took were open other than the jumper by Arielle Joyner, their only score in the first five minutes.
Ashley Bruks scored two straight baskets in the open court to get the Lady Warhawks going and tied the game at six.
Henry County would take a 7-6 lead on a free throw with under two minutes left in the first. Free throws helped Henry County take an 11-6 lead into the second, finishing the quarter on a 9-0 run after trailing 6-2.
As a carryover from the end of the first quarter, neither team could score in the second until Teirra Brown went 1-2 at the line to make it 11-7, but Henry County immediately answered to get the lead to six.
Two more free throws from Joyner gave Henry an 18-8 lead with 3:10 left in the second. Henry County finished the first half on a 7-1 run, taking a 25-9 lead into halftime.
The Lady Eagles should have and could have been closer had they hit their free throws, as they went 3-11 from the line in the first half after the Lady Eagles got in the double bonus early in the first half.
Henry County came out of the half guns blazing and jumped out with a 9-4 run. It didn't help that Eastside continued to struggle with free throws and missed some opportunities underneath the basket. The Lady Eagles couldn't get anything to go and trailed 44-16 after Henry County forced a number of turnovers and converted on the offensive end.
Eastside trailed 51-16 after three. Henry County scored 26 in the third frame after scoring just 25 in the first half and held Eastside to seven.
With the Henry County starters resting and just six minutes on the clock via mercy rule, Eastside showed some fortitude and after four straight triples - three from Destine Smith and one from Brown - Eastside got within 16 (53-37) with 1:04 to play and got the crowd excited.
Forcing two more Henry County turnovers, Eastside’s top two players, Brown and Smith couldn't miss, knocking down two more threes, getting the crowd excited. The Lady Eagles inevitably lost by 10 when time ran out, but it was a sensational finish for Eastside.