BATTLING ON THE HARDWOOD: Pleasant Home Eagles split with Paxton Bobcats
Published 12:05 am Wednesday, December 20, 2017
The Pleasant Home Eagles split varsity contests with the Paxton Bobcats on Tuesday night in the final night of the 2017 Alabama/Florida Shootout in Pleasant Home.
PLEASANT HOME 44, PAXTON 31
In the opening game of the night, the Lady Eagles used a strong second half to push past the Lady Bobcats 44-31.
Paxton got a free throw to take an early 1-0 lead, but Bella Worley put the Lady Eagles up for good when she dropped in a layup for 2-1 Pleasant Home lead.
Amy Garner then put the Lady Eagles up 4-1 off an assist from River Baldwin.
The Lady Eagles extended their lead with a pair of free throws from Worley.
Baldwin tacked on a layup at the end of the first period to give the Lady Eagles an 8-7 lead heading in to the second period.
The Lady Eagles came storming out in the second period and grabbed a 22-12 lead at halftime behind a 9-point effort from Baldwin.
Pleasant Home continued to make smart plays and took advantage of Baldwin down low.
Baldwin finished the night with 23 points and 12 rebounds.
“To come out here and get two wins in this tournament is a really big plus for us,” Pleasant Home head coach Tony Wilson said. “I knew tonight’s game would be up tempo and I really thought our defense stepped it up a notch. I was also really pleased with the play we got out of our bench. That adds depth and should help us out in the long run. Overall, I was extremely pleased with our performance.”
PLEASANT HOME 39
In the final game of the evening, Paxton jumped out front early and steadily pulled away from the Eagles for a 64-39 victory.
Pleasant Home got on top with a 3-pointer from Robert Scott.
Nick Woods then connected from 3-point land to put the Eagles up 6-2.
Scott found the twine again from behind the arc to push the Eagles’ lead up to 9-2.
Shortly there after, Paxton begin to catch fire and quickly erased the Pleasant Home lead.
Paxton went up 15-9 heading into the second period.
The Bobcats cruised to a 64-39 victory.