The home team started off hot and its tough defense had the Leopards befuddled most of the night. The Lady Eagles hit for 21 first period points, feeding off the many Kenedy tournovers, while holding the Leopards to a mere five.
The two teams slowed the pace in the second quarter but the hometown Eagles added one more point to their lead by taking the quarter, 10-9. It was a 31-14 contest at the half.
The Pettus defense continued its stinginess in the second half, allowing the visitors just 15 points over the third and fourth quarters. The Lady Eagles poured in 16 points of their own in the third period to make it a 47-23 game.
The Lady Eagles put up 15 more points in the final stanza to run away from the Leopards.
“We were able to overcome the hardships of the week and play our best game of the season so far, which was our goal, and the girls and I are excited to see what is next in our future,” said head coach Darcy Siddon.
Two Lady Eagles made it into double figures. Mari Carrizales led the way with 18 points on the night. Hailee Schauer hit for 12 points and pulled down nine rebounds.
Chloe Garza finished with nine points along with a like number of steals and six blocks. Madi Garza finished with seven markers and had five blocks against the Leopards. Ryan Grayson added seven points and helped out on the boards with six rebounds.
Kelsey Brown contributed four points. Destiny Carrillo and Ashley Duran both had two and Hannah Huskey made one free throw.
The win improves the Lady Eagles’ overall record to 8-15. Pettus had a date on Tuesday night in Woodsboro to meet the other Eagles. On Friday evening, the Pettus girls will be home against Port Aransas.