Clarksville, Ark.-The Lady Eagles garnered a 57-53 win over East Texas Baptist in American Southwest Conference East Division action on Thursday night.
The Lady Eagles’ (5-7, 1-1) second half surge proved to be too much for the visiting Lady Tigers (3-9, 0-1) as Ozarks notched their first ASC Eastern Division win of the season. After trailing 32-25 at halftime, the Lady Eagles went on a 10-0 run to begin the second half and take a 35-32 lead at 16:26 mark. Jamie Johnson ignited Ozarks’ run when she nailed a three-pointer just 30 seconds into the second half. Jenna Corbell then followed with three straight layups to cut the lead to 32-31. Three consecutive layups by Mandi Carter capped a 12-2 run and gave Ozarks a 37-34 lead after just four minutes of play into the second half. East Texas Baptist would tie the score only once in the final twenty minutes of action as Ozarks held the Lady Tigers to only nine second half field goals. Ozarks was out rebounded 49-38, but got 14 points from players off the bench. 13 different players saw action for head coach Jack Jones. Carter led the squad with 15 points. Johnson added 14 points and a team-best 3 steals. Corbell had 13 points and a team-high 7 rebounds. The Lady Eagles and Eagles finish their five-game home stand when they host LeTourneau University on Saturday afternoon. Saturday’s game will be Ozarks’ Hall of Fame game as five former U of O standouts will be inducted at a ceremony between games. Tip off for the women’s game is set for 1 p.m.