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East Hall boys preserve big lead late for win over North Hall, 75-64
Lady Trojans hand East Hall first loss, 56-53
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North Hall's Sam Jackson (4) dribbles down court with East Hall's Luke Cooper (15) trailing during Friday's game at North Hall High. - photo by Erin O. Smith

East Hall’s boys basketball team moved to 3-1 Friday night with a 75-64 victory over North Hall on the Trojans’ home floor.

Triston Cooper helped the Vikings bounce out to a quick lead with 10 points in the first quarter.

“We came out and had a great half,” said East Hall coach Joe Dix. “We were really clicking and kind of ran out of gas a little bit."

At the half, Cooper led all scorers with 16 points.

North Hall’s Carson Heinen, who put up a 10-point first quarter as well, had 15 points at the break.

With a 41-26 deficit at the half, Evan Easton put up eight points for the home team and helped the Trojans (3-1) outscore East Hall 16-12 in the third quarter.

North Hall cut the lead to seven points in the fourth quarter, but the Vikings made 10 of 14 free throws in the final period of play to put the Trojans away.

Guard Jacquen Hopkins made four of his seven attempts, scoring eight points in the quarter.

“There’s no secrets between East Hall and North Hall. It’s always the same kind of game,” said North Hall coach Tyler Sanders. “We put ourselves in a bad situation to start the game. We got down 22 and cut it all the way back to seven in the fourth. But, if you put yourself in a hole down 22 to East Hall, it’s not going to turn out good most of the time.”

Despite the way the game began, Dix knew the Trojans wouldn’t stop firing back.

“North Hall kept coming,” he said. “We knew they weren’t going to quit. We found a way. We made some great plays down the stretch. We dug in and came up with some stops. We made a few free throws down the stretch.

“That was a good win,” Dix continued. “We’ll take it and get out of here. North Hall’s got a good team. I think they’ve got a chance to win that region.”

Cooper and Sedrion Morse each posted 19 points in the victory.

Teammate Luke Cooper finished with 14 and Hopkins netted 10.

Heinen was the top scorer for the Trojans, finishing the contest with 22 to lead all scorers.

Sam Jackson, behind a nine-point fourth quarter, had 16 in the loss.

NORTH HALL GIRLS 56, EAST HALL 53: The Lady Trojans (2-2) handed the Lady Vikings (5-1) their first loss of the season with a shot inside the lane from Niki Carver with 4.5 seconds left in the game.

With two minutes left in the third quarter, Ashlyn Ellison of East Hall was called for a technical foul. Sadie Cleveland stepped to the line for the Lady Trojans, making one of the two shots and giving the home squad a 43-28 lead.

The Lady Vikings then closed out the third quarter and opened the fourth on a 16-0 run to take the lead at 44-43.

The teams traded baskets and, inside of a minute remaining, Carly Winters hit a 3-pointer to bring the game to a 53-53 tie.

Carver’s shot with less than five seconds left and a free throw made after a foul was called on the visitors inside of the final second decided the game.

Taylor Anne Kelley led the Lady Trojans with 16 points in the game, followed closely by Tatum McQuillen with 14.
Kylah Mize led East Hall with 20 points in the loss.

Ashlyn Ellison had 13 and Jenny Edwards, who was 10 of 13 from the free throw line, scored 12.

In total, the two teams shot 65 free throws, 41 for the Lady Vikings and 24 from North Hall.

Next up, North Hall will host Discovery High on Tuesday. The girls will begin at 6 p.m. and the boys will play at 7:30 p.m.

East Hall will host Dawson County Tuesday with the girls playing at 6 p.m. and the boys following at 7:30 p.m.

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