Day shines as Eagles down Bulldogs

Crestview girls basketball

Crestview's Arianna Simms works here way past Madi Deman of Niceville during Tuesday's District 1-7A game between the Bulldogs and Eagles.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 04:07 PM.

NICEVILLE — Jessie Day's last-second heroics weren't needed this time around.

Less than a week after the 6-foot sophomore delivered the game-winning jumper with two seconds left to give Niceville a come-from-behind 60-59 win county rival Crestview, the Lady Eagles erased any doubt of another down-to-the-wire finish with the Lady Bulldogs on Tuesday en route to a 60-42 win.

"That's what I told the girls: "We have to play four quarters of basketball,' " said Niceville coach David Day, whose team improved to 7-1. "That's one thing we haven't done. If these girls play four quarters, this is what they can do."

For an encore of last week's clutch basket, his daughter fell one assist shy of a triple-double with 16 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists.

"We did not play very well the last time we played them, so we wanted to come out from the tip and play 32 solid minutes of basketball," Jessie Day said.

Crestview shut her down to the tune of zero points and three rebounds with a box-and-one in the first quarter, but the versatile post player had eight points and seven rebounds by halftime as an 11-6 first quarter ballooned into a 26-16 halftime lead.

"If you noticed she didn't score any of the first 11 points of the game, and that's something we adjusted to," coach Day said. "She can care less about how many points she scores. She just wants to win. She gave it to everyone else and then when it came her time, she shined."

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