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Lady Eagles win in comeback

By Clay Corbett | Published Saturday, December 8, 2012

After getting off to a slow start the Decatur Lady Eagles flexed their muscle in the final three quarters on their way to a 47-35 win over the Boyd Lady Jackets Tuesday.

Decatur (7-4) was down by as many as 11 in the first half before storming back.

UP THE COURT – Decatur’s Stormi Leonard makes her way past the defense of Boyd’s Abby Harrell Tuesday. The Lady Eagles went on to a 47-35 victory. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“What I’m most proud of is they came back and didn’t let it bother them,” Decatur coach Billy Garner said. “We could have gone the other way just as easy, but we fought back and got back in the game.”

Boyd (8-1) jumped on Decatur early, led by eight first-quarter points from Abby Harrell. The Lady Jackets took a 15-4 lead at the end of the first period.

The tables turned in the second quarter. Decatur owned the next eight minutes, using their defensive pressure and press break to go on a 7-1 run.

The Lady Eagles trimmed the lead to 18-16, when things turned from bad to worse for Boyd. With just over a minute left before the half, the Lady Jackets lost Shae Williams to injury. She was unable to return.

“We got off to a good start, and they [Decatur] kept fighting and battling,” Boyd coach Lynn Cranfill said. “We had the injury, but it was their play that got them back into the game. You have to give them credit.”

Decatur kept their hot streak going early in the second half, scoring the first eight points of the third quarter. The Lady Eagles extended their lead to 34-23 by the end of the third after Boyd was only able to muster seven points in the second and third quarters.

Boyd cut the lead to 38-31 early in the fourth, but Decatur would never let them get any closer, holding off a late rally.

“We held them off and did what we had to do to get the win,” Garner said. “Give them [Boyd] credit; they came out hot and were ready from the start.”

Decatur was led by Shelby Drews with 17 points, and Katie Isham and Murphy Graham added 14 each.

Boyd was led by Harrell with 17 and Chelsea Elkins with eight. Williams and Kenzie Elkins each had two.

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