COVINGTON,Ga - The Eastside Lady Eagles trailed for the majority of their match with the Heritage Lady Patriots but mounted a comeback in the second half to win 42-34.
The Lady Eagles were led by a strong performance off the bench from Jodi Reid. Reid was a force in the paint all night long for the Lady Eagles, and her play was crucial for her squad, whose main contributors were struggling.
Reid was the only member of the Lady Eagles squad to reach double digits and also was the team's leading rebounder. Reid finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks.
Such a breakout performance by Reid was a pleasant sight for Lady Eagles' head coach Gladys King.
"Jodi Reid, Jodi Reid stepped up tonight. She was getting a lot of shots and rebound from the other side of the glass, she was in the right position, and she was moving and moving without the ball," said King. "That's what I need her to do, and that helped us out. That was the difference in the game."
As mentioned earlier, the Lady Eagles' main trio of Alysee Dobbs, T' Niah Douglas, and Dasia Burgess struggled to get shots to fall like they are accustomed to usually.
Dobbs did not register a point in the first half but did finish as the Lady Eagles second overall scorer with seven points. Lizzie Teasley and T'Niah Douglas finished with seven points as well, while Burgess finished with six points.
This was a slow game for the Lady Eagles, but King was proud of her team's ability to pull out the win in their first game of the season. The Lady Eagles have reason to be proud of their defense, which King holds as the most essential part of the game, as they held the Lady Patriots to just 34 points.
However, she still believes they can improve there and in other areas as the season progresses.
"I am happy with that, but I think we could have done better as far as we still have some things we need to work out," said King. "Both of my guards, Lizzie and T'Niah, got in foul trouble, so I kind of had to rely on a freshman, MehKyla White. I told her there were times that she was going to have to handle the ball, but I didn't expect it to be this early in the season."
The Lady Eagles will look to do just that in their next game, which comes on Tuesday, November 19th, against the Woodward Academy War Eagles.
The Lady Eagles will look to avenge their loss to the War Eagles in the first round of the region tournament last season, which kept the Lady Eagles out of the playoffs.