The Eagles fall to 6-13 on the season.
"We came out a little sluggish and we knew they could shoot the three. They came out shooting like we knew they could, and were setting some good screens on us, and we had a hard time catching up but our kids responded well," said Bulldog coach Jim Bidewell.
The Eagles led by one, 10-9 after one quarter on a pair of three-pointers by East Prairie's Jordan Sanders. In that frame Portageville showed a marked reluctance to work the ball inside, which was at least partially due to the effective Eagles' zone defense. East Prairie also got some good looks at the bucket and were able hang with the Bulldogs.
In the second period, Portageville began to connect on some inside shots and slowly began to pull away from the Eagles. The score at the intermission was 30-20.
In the third quarter, Portageville put the game out of reach when they tallied 24 points and held the Eagles to only four points.
"Our kids came out and played a good second half and defensively took over the boards, and they (East Prairie) started missing their shots and that always helps," continued coach Bidewell.
Throughout the second half, Portageville controlled the boards and played some very good defense to stifle the Eagles' attempt at a comeback.
Jordan Sanders of the Eagles led all scorers with 17 points including five 3-pointers.
On Friday night, Portageville will travel to Gideon and East Prairie will take on Kelly at Benton.