Fresh off back-to-back wins over Commerce and Washington-Wilkes, the East Jackson Lady Eagles now have the opportunity to play on a larger stage, as they were scheduled Tuesday to travel to Atlanta to face North Hall at Philips Arena prior to an Atlanta Hawks game.

“We are extremely excited to be playing at Philips Arena,” said coach Amy Larimer. “Hopefully this will be an experience that we will never forget.”

It will also be a chance for a little revenge for East Jackson over the Lady Trojans of North Hall. In their last pairing at the East Jackson Thanksgiving tournament, North Hall won 52-50 on a buzzer beater. “I am looking for the same type of competitive game from both teams,” Larimer said.

The opportunity to play came about when the coach for North Hall asked EJCHS boys’ basketball coach Brian Turner about the two schools facing off at Philips.

“He simply asked us if we would be interested and we jumped on the opportunity,” Larimer said.

Larimer said it’s also exciting as a Hawks fan to play at Philips.

“I have always been a hometown Hawks fan and it is exciting to see them get better and be able to compete. The players need to have the opportunity to see this kind of competition and also have the experience of venturing from home and doing something different for a change.

“It will be a great team building opportunity.”

For more on this story, see Wednesday's edition of The Commerce News or The Jackson Herald.

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