It is a storied rivalry that exists between Jacksboro and LaFollette Middle Schools. It dates all the way back to the days when they were high schools. In football former Eagle coach Rodney Ellison dubbed the game The Egg Bowl and started the tradition of a traveling trophy. Recently David Graham dubbed the basketball game The Battle of the Birds. The name has stuck. Though there is no traveling trophy to be competed for in this version of the rivalry it is no less heated.
The teams recently met in the Jim and Linda Agee Gymnasium at Jacksboro Middle School for their second battle of the season. The capacity crowd saw a pair of action packed varsity contests that saw the Lady Eagles continue a dominating season by picking up a hard fought win against the Lady Owls by a score of 35-31. The Lady Eagles achieved a rare sweep of the Lady Owls in this win. Both teams had a balanced scoring attack.
Olivia Brown led the Lady Eagles with 10 points. Krista Williams had 8 points and Whitney Williamson added 7. Brooke Bane and Michaela Smith each had 4 points and Courtney Charles rounded out the scoring with 2.
Faith Evans was the scoring leader for the Lady Owls with 10 points of her own. Others scoring for LaFollette were Amber Guy (8), Kendra King (7), and Sissy Bailey (6).
On the Boys side The Owls picked up a win over the Eagles to even their series for the year at one win each. The Owls picked up the win by a score of 31-25. An offensive explosion on the part of Rolston Letner and Dakota Dossett provided the Owls with a good hunk of their points. Things weren’t all bad for the Eagles as Darin Gillenwater put on an offensive show for the Eagles.
Letner and Dossett led the Owls with 8 points each. Andrew Evans had 7 points for the Owls. Austin North had 4 points, Dallas Griffith had 3 and Ethan Jeffers chipped in a point.
Gillenwater led all scorers with a baker’s dozen points. Trey Torres added 7 for the Eagles. Dylan Clawson had 3 points and Jesse Sharp had 2.
The Eagles and Owls could potentially meet again next week as the TMSAA Area 4 basketball tournament being hosted at LaFollette Middle School next week. The fans will be the true winners if these teams meet on the hardwood again this year.