WATERFORD, Ohio — Another year, another Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division girls basketball title decided when Eastern and Waterford meet on the hardwood.
Headed into Monday night’s tilt the Lady Wildcats had already clinched a share of their second straight league title and the Lady Eagles were the only team left that had a shot to catch the Green and White. Waterford — which has combined with EHS to claim the last 12 league titles — had no intention of sharing the 2015-16 crown however, as it knocked off Eastern by a 54-29 count at the Harry Cooper Annex, in Washington County.
Eastern (14-6, 12-3 TVC Hocking) trailed by just three points, 10-7, at the conclusion of the opening period, but a Waterford (18-1, 14-0) outscored the Lady Eagles by a 21-13 clip in the second quarter, making the host’s advantage 31-20 at the half.
The Lady Wildcats outscored EHS 10-to-5 in the third period and 13-to-4 in the fourth, capping off the 54-29 victory.
Eastern junior Laura Pullins led the Green and Gold with 11 points, followed by Jess Parker with seven and Elizabeth Collins with four. Kelsey Casto scored three points, while Rebecca Pullins and Alyson Bailey rounded out the Lady Eagle scoring with two points apiece. Eastern shot 12-of-15 from the free throw line, equaling 80 percent.
Regan Porter led the league champions with 14 points, followed by Dani Drayer with 13 and Alli Kern with 12. Erin Roush marked six points, Mariah Starkey added four, Jillian McCutcheon chipped in with three, while Hayley Duff scored two in the win. WHS shot 9-of-12 from the free throw line, equaling 75 percent.
Waterford also defeated the Green and Gold on December 21, by a 48-30 count in Tuppers Plains.
The Lady Wildcats have now won 35 consecutive TVC Hocking games with their last league loss coming to Eastern, by a 75-44 count on February 5, 2014 at Waterford’s Harry Cooper Annex.
The seniorless Lady Eagles had won five of it’s last six games prior to Monday and will look to get back on track Thursday when Trimble visits ‘The Nest’. Eastern defeated the Lady Tomcats on January 4, by a 57-20 final in Glouster.
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