RACINE, Ohio — Back to business.
The Eastern girls basketball team returned to Meigs County on Monday evening, following the milestone weekend in Pickerington, and resumed Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division play with a tilt against the host Lady Tornadoes. The Lady Eagles’ kept their perfect mark intact with an 83-27 victory over host Southern.
Eastern (13-0, 10-0 TVC Hocking) jumped out to a 26-10 lead over the Lady Tornadoes (9-6, 7-4) through the first quarter. Southern was held to just one point in the second canto and EHS pushed the lead to 39-11 at the half.
The Lady Eagles marked 26 points in the third quarter and 18 in the fourth to seal the 83-27 victory.
Eastern was led by Jordan Parker with 31 points, including 15 points from beyond the arc. Erin Swatzel marked 14 points, Jenna Burdette added 12 and Laura Pullins finished with 10. Hannah Barringer had six points, Hannah Bailey and Maddie Rigsby each had four points, while Katie Keller rounded out the Lady Eagles total with two points.
Burdette became the first player in Eastern history to score 1,500 points in a career during the first quarter Monday night. The Lady Eagles were 4-of-6 (66.7 percent) from the free throw line in the win.
Southern was led by Celestia Hendrix with 13 points, followed by Cierra Turley with six and Faith Teaford with four. Jansen Wolfe and Ali Deem each marked two points in the setback. Turley hit the lone SHS three-pointer and the Purple and Gold shot 14-of-22 (63.6 percent) from the free throw line.
These teams will meet again on February 3, in Tuppers Plains.
The undefeated Lady Eagles are currently ranked second in the AP poll for Division IV. Newark Catholic, which EHS defeated in the regional final last season, is currently the top-ranked team with two losses this season.