TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — Leaving no doubt.
The Eastern girls basketball team defeated Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division foe Southern, Thursday night, by a count of 73-19 at “The Nest”.
The Lady Eagles (17-4, 14-1 TVC Hocking) turned defense into offense in the first quarter, as they forced Southern (6-15, 4-12) into 16 turnovers over the first eight minutes of the game. EHS led 31-4 after the the opening stanza.
The Green and White kept up the defensive intensity in the second quarter, allowing the Lady Tornadoes to score just three points in the period. EHS scored 18 in the second and held the 49-7 halftime advantage.
The pace slowed down in the second half and Eastern out scored SHS 12-to-6 in both the third and fourth quarters to seal the 73-19 triumph.
Eastern was led by seniors Savannah Hawley with 17 points and Tori Goble with 13. Jenna Burdette and Erin Swatzel each marked 10 points, while both Jordan Parker and Katie Keller added eight. Taylor Palmer contributed three points, while Maddie Rigsby and Morgan Barringer rounded out the EHS scoring with two points each.
Hawley finished with a game-high 12 assists, rounding out her double-double, while Burdette and Swatzel each had three assists. The Lady Eagles glass attack was led by Swatzel with eight rebounds, followed by Parker and Hawley with four each. Defensively EHS was led by Hawley with seven steals, followed by Parker and Burdette with six apiece. Keller and Rigsby each had one block in the triumph.
As a team Eastern finished with 26 rebounds, 25 assists, 26 steals, four blocks and 12 turnovers. Eastern shot 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) from the free throw line and 31-of-59 (52.5 percent) from the field, including 6-of-16 (37.5 percent) from beyond the arc. Hawley and Burdette each hit a pair of triples for Eastern while Goble and Palmer accounted for one each.
Celestia Hendrix led Southern, scoring 15 of the teams 19 points. Seniors Caitlyn Cowdrey and Kyrie Swann each marked two points, rounding out the SHS total.
Hendrix rounded out her double-double performance with 11 rebounds, while Jordan Huddleston had four. Maggie Cummins had the Lady Tornadoes lone assists on the night, while Huddleston had the lone block. Cummins and Huddleston each had one steal to lead Southern.
Collectively the Purple and Gold had 23 rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and 34 turnovers. SHS shot 5-of-8 (62.5 percent) from the line and 7-of-35 (20 percent) from the field including 0-of-5 from three point range.
The Lady Eagles have now won back-to-back games for the first time since January 17th. This is Eastern’s seventh 50-point victory this season. This is Southern’s second worst loss of the year, the first came to the Lady Eagles in the season opener. The Green and White defeated SHS 72-15 in Racine on November 26th.
Before the game Eastern paid tribute to its two seniors Savannah Hawley and Tori Goble. EHS also recognized Southern seniors Kyrie Swann, Maggie Cummins, Shelby Pickens and Caitlyn Cowdrey.