By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – The Woodville Eagles got a nudge Saturday against the Anahuac Panthers.
The visiting Panther team got the narrow 54-52 victory, putting the Eagles at 4-1 for the season.
Eagles Coach Juan Olivo said he was proud of the way the boys fought and were able to get their way back into the game.
The Eagles fought hard, but trailed 19-28 at the half, and in the third quarter, they trailed, as well. Going into the fourth period of play, the Eagles trailed by 15 points. A 24-point haul was not enough to overcome the deficit.
Leading the charge for Woodville was senior Julius Thrower, who led on points and rebounds, with 21 and eight, respectively. Junior Christian Bean led in blocks; senior Jatavian Taylor led in steals and junior Ty’marion Walker led the team in assists.
The win puts the Panthers at 6-1. The Eagles hit the road to play the Buna Cougars on Tuesday.
Lady Eagles get tournament wins
The Lady Eagles have been busy as of late. Coach Michelle Merchant’s squad is now at a 10-2 season record after some nice tournament wins last weekend.
On Friday, the Lady Eagles took down the Tarkington Longhorns, 46-27 and the Splendora Lady Wildcats (42-35). On Saturday, they took down the Jasper Lady Dogs, 55-44.
The Lady Eagles played the Huntington Red Devils on the road on Tuesday. Scores unavailable at press time.
With one more game (Silsbee, at home on Friday) to go after Huntington, the Lady Eagles start district next week against the Hemphill Lady Hornets, on Tuesday, Dec. 13.