By Anthony Rhoads
Even though they've been struggling overall this season, the Eagle's Landing Lady Golden Eagles have gained some respectability in region play.
Friday night, Eagle's Landing (6-13 overall, 5-3 in Region 3-AAAA) notched another league victory by beating Dutchtown 53-23.
Senior Hayley Ferrell led the way with 14 points while Sondra Jones chipped in 11 and Shamieka Melvin added nine.
Eagle's Landing led 8-5 at the end of the first half and at one time built an 18-9 lead in the second quarter. Dutchtown managed to come back and two Strickland free throws late in the half cut the deficit to 19-15.
Eagle's Landing ran away in the second half, outscoring Dutchtown 18-6 in the third quarter and 16-2 in the fourth quarter to take the victory.
Eagle's Landing 65, Dutchtown 44 (boys): Three Eagle's Landing boys finished in double figures including Marcus Williams with 15, James Wheeler with 13 and Ronnie Jackson with 12. Williams scored 11 points, all from free throws, in the fourth quarter.
Dutchtown's Brandon Ruth led all scorers with 21 points.
Eagle's Landing (8-11, 4-4) led 17-7 at the end of the first quarter, 31-19 at the half and 40-29 going into the fourth quarter.
Eagle's Landing's first-year head coach Clay Crump said he was pleased with the progress of the team this year.
"It's been a challenge putting in a new system from top to bottom," Crump said. "The guys we have now are working hard and are working to improve. We've been competitive and that's what we want. We've won some close games and won some games in overtime. We think we're going in the right direction and we have to keep working."
Eagle's Landing gets back into action Tuesday at Luella for another county and region rivalry game.
"We have a tough region with Griffin, Henry County and Stockbridge and we have a tough non-region schedule," Crump said. "That's what I wanted us to do to get better."
Dutchtown plays host to Union Grove today in a non-region contest.
Notes: Dutchtown boys head coach Curt Miller is pulling double duty this weekend. He is filling in for girls' head coach Nita Gilbert who is out because of a death in the family. Miller's father, Chuck Miller, coached both the boys and girls basketball teams at Henry County for several years...Clayton State women's head coach Dennis Cox was in the stands for Friday night's game at Dutchtown. Cox, who is in his first year at Clayton State, is making the rounds at local high schools to get acquainted with the coaches.