ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — The average margin of victory this season for the Eastern girls basketball team over the Lady Lancers was 45 points coming into Thursday night’s sectional semi-final. The average is still 45 points as The Lady Eagles defeated Federal Hocking 65-20 at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium.
The Lady Eagles (15-5) came out with excellent ball pressure on the defensive end and execution on the offensive end. Federal Hocking (4-15) was only able to score two points in the first period against the EHS defense. Jenna Burdette accounted for seven of Eastern’s 16 points in the first period.
The second quarter nearly mirrored the first only this time the Lady Lancers added a free throw to give themselves a three point quarter. Eastern again scored 16 points in the period this time led by senior Brenna Holter with eight points. The EHS lead was 27 (32-5) at the half.
The Lady Lancers battled back and forth with the Lady Eagles in the few minutes of the half until Eastern’s Jordan Parker hit a three-pointer at the 5:03 mark to shift the momentum back toward EHS. Including Parker’s three-pointer the Lady Eagles finished the quarter on a 15-6 run to give themselves a 51-15 lead headed into the finale.
With all five EHS starters sitting out the final quarter The Lady Eagles’ bench outscored FHHS 14-5 to give EHS the 65-20 victory, it’s 15th of the year.
Burdette led the way with 13 points of Eastern, with Holter and Parker also in double figures with 10 points apiece. Katie Keller scored eight points for the victors, while Erin Swatzel, Cheyenne Doczi, and Hayley Gillian each finished with six. Rounding out the Lady Eagles scoring was Cierra Turley with four points, and Kelsey Myers with 2 points.
Chyenne Singer led the Lady Lancers with eight points, followed by Ashton Cale and Megan Thompson with four points each. Carley Tabler and Claudia Barnhart each finished with two points to round out the FHHS scoring.
This marks the eighth time this season EHS has held an opponent under 25 points, and the sixth time FHHS has been held under 25 points. This is the 13th time the Lady Eagles have scored over 60 in a contest, and the 11th time the Lady Lancers have allowed an opponent to score 60 or more points.
The Lady Eagles take on the Lady Jeeps from South Webster Saturday at 2:45 p.m. at Meigs High School for the sectional title. With a win Eastern would earn its seventh consecutive sectional title.
Eastern 65, Federal Hocking 20
FH 2-3-10-5 — 20
E 16-16-19-14 — 65
FEDERAL HOCKING (4-15): Carley Tabler 1 0-0 2, Ashton Cale 2 0-0 4, Taylor Carr 0 0-0 0, Whitney Gillian 0 0-0 0, Katie Swanson 0 0-0 0, Claudia Barnhart 1 0-0 2, Kayla Barnhart 0 0-0 0, Diasha Casey 0 0-0 0, Megan Thompson 2 0-0 4, Vanessa Knopp 0 0-0 0, Cheyenne Singer 3 2-4 8. TOTALS: 9 2-8 20. Three-point goals none. Turnovers: 23.
EASTERN (15-5): Brenna Holter 3 2-4 10, Savannah Hawley 0 0-0 0, Jordan Parker 4 0-0 10, Jenna Burdette 4 4-6 13, Katie Keller 4 0-0 8, Hayley Gillian 2 2-6 6, Cheyenne Doczi 3 0-0 6, Kelsey Myers 0 2-2 2, Tori Goble 0 0-0 0, Erin Swatzel 3 0-0 6, Cierra Turley 1 2-3 4. TOTALS: 24 12-21 65. Three-point goals: 5 (Holter 2, Parker 2, Burdette). Turnovers: 13