By Doug Gorman
The Eagle's Landing High School basketball teams were supposed to celebrate Senior Night last week.
Weather delays pushed it back to Monday night.
Turns out it did matter.
Both Eagle's Landing squads took advantage of the time off and rolled to easy victories against Region 4-AAA opponent Mary Persons in the regular-season finale for both teams.
The Eagle's Landing girls rolled to a 51-24 victory, while the Golden Eagles boys had their way en route to a 71-39 victory.
Boys: The Eagle's Landing boys basketball team is on the verge of making history.
With just one victory at this week's Region 4-AAA tournament, the Golden Eagles will make the state tournament for the first time ever.
"That would mean so much to this team, especially our seniors," Crump said. "They have worked hard this year and it would be a great honor."
Crump is convinced his team can do it.
Monday night, however, the Golden Eagles had some unfinished business, completing the regular season with a convincing victory against Mary Persons.
After falling behind 8-6 in the middle of the first quarter, the Golden Eagle's took the lead when Aldarrien Bryant converted his 3-point attempt to push the team out to a 9-8 lead.
They never trailed again.
Eagle's Landing led 15-10 at the end of the first quarter and pushed it to 33-17 at the end of the second quarter.
Senior Javan Wells was the offensive spark plug for the Golden Eagles. After scoring 10 through the first two quarters, he added 19 more points in the second half and finished with a game high 29 points.
"He does things out there, you and I couldn't think about doing," Crump said. "He is a really special player."
Verdis Morgan's basket in the third quarter pushed the Golden Eagles' lead to 41-20.
Eagle's Landing led 51-29 at the end of the third quarter.
The Golden Eagles improved to 16-9 overall and 12-6 in Region 4-AAA. Mary Persons dropped to 2-19 overall and 2-14.
Girls: The Eagle's Landing girls improved to 18-6 overall and 14-4 in Region 4-AA action with their second victory this season against the Lady Bulldogs.
Eagle's Landing took control of game early, building an 8-0 lead. Sisters Mia and Kendra Adams each hit 3-point shots early in the first period to allow the Lady Golden Eagles to pull out in front.
Arkia Armstrong also got into the 3-point shooting act, dropping a shot from behind the arc to push the Lady Golden Eagles' lead out to 17-4.
Eagle's Landing led 21-6 at the end of the first quarter.
it got worse by the break.
Mia Adams second 3-point shot of the game and a traditional three-point play by Armstrong in the second period, highlighted the Lady Golden Eagles' scoring blitz in the middle period.
Eagle's Landing outscored Mary Persons 20-5 in the second quarter and led 41-11 at the half.
Annissia Wood had the hot hand for the Lady Golden Eagles scoring all 12 of her points in the second half to led the Eagle's Landing attack.
The Lady Golden Eagles pushed their lead to 46-16 at the end of the third quarter.
Eagle's Landing now gears up for a first-round game Thursday in the Region 4-AA tournament at Locust Grove.