Houston senior Haylee Washington scored three seconds into the game Thursday night to put Texas A&M University-Texarkana on top for good as the Eagles beat Jarvis Christian, 90-84.
The Eagles’ ladies remain unbeaten in the Red River Athletic Conference with a 3-0 record after winning only one league game in their inaugural season last year. LSU-Shreveport beat LSU-Alexandria Thursday night, and is now 12-0 on the season and 5-0 in the RRAC. Texas A&M-Texarkana plays at Jarvis Christian (0-5) Saturday at 2 p.m.
Texas A&M-Texarkana led by as many as 19 in the first half. They led 48-35 at halftime.
Jarvis Christian rallies in second half
The Bulldogs rallied in the final two quarters, outscoring TAMU-T 22-18 in the third period, and 27-24 during the final 10 minutes.
Depth and balanced scoring proved to be the difference for Texarkana. Six players scored in double figures for the Eagles. Genoa Central graduate Victoria Hill led the locals with 14 points, including two 3-pointers. Freshman Morgan Strawder contributed 13 points, while Washington poured in 12 points and 10 rebounds. Fouke native Taylor Hardin, Naomi Tekleab and Yasmine Aragunjo added 10 points each.
Jarvis cut its 19-point deficit to five points (86-81) with seven seconds left in the game. Two free throws by Strawder put the game out of reach.
Seniors Daeja Monroe of Houston, and Brianna Page of Hebron, Miss., sparked the Bulldogs in the second half. Monroe led all scorers with 26 points, including four treys. Page scored 19 points, with Makaila Cheatem adding 17, and Joi Reed 13.
The Bulldogs dominated the glass, 51-33. Jarvis also shot well from outside with 10 3-pointers. Texarkana outscored the Bulldogs 21-10 from the charity stripe. The Eagles’ bench outscored Jarvis’ reserves, 43-9.