Gaybryelle Dunning pushes through the Lady Cougar defense for a basket in a 61-38 loss. The Lady Eagles are still searching for their first win of the season. -- Robert Hudson

Crenshaw Christian outlasts Ellwood

Published 10:38pm Tuesday, January 24, 2012

After a tightly contested first half, the Ellwood Christian Academy Lady Eagles could not hold on, as they fell 61-38 to the Crenshaw Christian Academy Cougars at home on Tuesday.

Towanna Clay, head coach of the Lady Eagles (0-14), said it was another tough loss, but she continues to see growth from her young team.

“It’s definitely a tough loss, however, they played hard and I can see great improvement from the beginning of the season to the end in our basic skills, hustle and fundamentals of the game, and mentally we’ve grown over the season,” Clay said.

The Lady Eagles were trailing 19-9 early in the second quarter when Gaybryelle Dunning hit a 3-pointer with 4:26 left in the quarter to bring Ellwood closer at 19-12.

Ellwood came back a few possessions later and Dunning hit another three to make it 19-15 with 3:37 left in the quarter.

That’s as close as Ellwood got, as the Lady Eagles went into halftime trailing 28-17 and could never recover in the second half due to turnovers.

Dunning and Ebony Simpson led the Lady Eagles with 14 points each.

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