TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — Separating contenders from pretenders.
Monday night the undefeated Belpre girls basketball team traveled to Meigs County to face the unbeaten Lady Eagles of Eastern and its safe to say that the Orange and Black got a bit more than they bargained for. Eastern defeated the visiting Lady Golden Eagles by a count of 85-24 in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division contest.
Freshman Laura Pullins led the Lady Eagles with 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting, followed by Maddie Rigsby, who was 8-of-12 for 19 points. Jordan Parker notched 16 points on 7-of-11 from the field, while Katie Keller marked nine, Erin Swatzel had eight and Jenna Burdette added seven. Alia Hayes marked three points, while Hannah Barringer chipped in with two for the victors.
As a team EHS shot 35-of-61 (57.4 percent) from the field, including 3-of-11 (27.3 percent) from beyond the arc. Burdette, Pullins and Rigsby each connected once from three-point range in the win. The Green and Gold were 12-of-19 (63.2 percent) from the charity stripe and turned the ball over 11 times.
The Eastern Lady Eagles pulled down 39 rebounds as a team, led by Parker with eight, Swatzel with seven and Rigsby with six. Parker paced the defense with five steals, while Pullins and Keller each had four. Burdette had three steals in under 10 minutes of play. Burdette and Parker each had five assists in the game, while Rigsby had four. Swatzel finished with a game-high three blocks.
Belpre was led by Jackie Cunningham with eight points and Katelyn Hughes with six. Lexi Cunningham marked four points, while Sierra Baker, Cheyenne Baker and Rachel Packard each had two points.
BHS was 9-of-43 from the field (20.9 percent) including 2-of-18 (11.1 percent) from three point range. Hughes hit both Belpre triples. Belpre was 4-of-9 (44.4 percent) from the free throw line, while committing 24 turnovers. The Lady Golden Eagles had 18 total rebounds, led by Lexi Cunningham with four. Cheyenne Barker and Sierra Barker each had two steals, while Hughes and Cheyenne Barker each had an assist.
The Lady Eagles are now 5-0 on the season and will face BHS again on January 25, in Belpre.