East Jackson added another chapter to its always-close series with Athens Christian.

The Eagles (6-4) outlasted Athens Christian 37-35 in overtime Saturday, earning their fifth-straight win over the Class A private school.

“Every time we play them the last three years, it’s been (close),” East Jackson coach Matt Gibbs said. “We’ve won a buzzer-beater, we’ve won a one-point game and now we’ve won in overtime.”

Maurissa Thomas scored in the paint with 1:35 left in overtime, and the Eagles held Athens Christian scoreless the rest of the way to hang on for another down-to-the wire win.

“Learning how to gut out a tough win is always good, and we’ve got a lot of youth,” Gibbs said. “Anytime you can take that and learn from it and learn from late-game situations, that’s always a positive.”

Abbie Howington led East Jackson with 13 points. Kenzie Whitehead added eight points.

For the rest of this story, see the Dec. 20 edition of The Jackson Herald.

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