Lady Eagles march into Regionals

Published 12:05 am Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Cassidy Godwin lines up for a free throw.

Cassidy Godwin lines up for a free throw.

The Pleasant Home Lady Eagles (21-3) powered past Chickasaw in the Class 1A sub-regionals with 74-29 victory Monday night in Pleasant Home.

The win gives the Lady Eagles 20 straight wins.

River Baldwin got the Lady Eagles on the board first with a quick goal under the basket. Baldwin was fouled on the play and knocked down the free throw to put Pleasant Home up 3-0.

Two more quick baskets from Baldwin pushed the Lady Eagles to a 7-0 lead before Chickasaw broke through with a free throw.

Cassidy Godwin then caught fire for the Lady Eagles, picking up 9 points over the last four minutes of the first period.

At the end of the first period, the Lady Eagles were on top 20-5.

The Lady Eagles kept the throttle held down in the second period and held a 44-8 lead at halftime.

Godwin continued her strong night with 11 points in the second period, including a 9-for-10 effort at the free throw line.

In the third period, Baldwin got the Lady Eagles started with 6 straight points to increase the lead to 50-9.

Anna Bulger then dropped in a layup of a strong move down the baseline.

Baldwin then picked up 6 straight points again to put the Lady Eagles up 58-11. At the end of the third period, the Lady Eagles held a 65-11 lead.

Hope Gunter added 4 points in the final period for the Lady Eagles and Abigail McDuffie picked up 3 points.

Allie Garner also added 2 points for the Lady Eagles in the final period.

Baldwin led the Lady Eagles with 33 points in the victory.

Godwin finished the night with 20 points and was 14-of-16 from the free-throw line.

“I was very surprised with how it turned out,” Pleasant Home head coach Jerry Davis said. “I had a feeling we could beat them, but I didn’t think it would be like that. We went and watched them (Chickasaw) play McIntosh on Friday and at halftime they were up 31-16. McIntosh is always a good team, so I was kind of wondering if we might have came down to watch the wrong team.”

With the win, the Lady Eagles move on to the South Regional in Dothan beginning Thursday.

The Lady Eagles will play the winner between A.L. Johnson and J.F. Shields at 3 p.m., Thursday in Dothan.