ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — The Symmes Valley girls basketball team stopped Eastern on its first drive of Thursday night’s Division IV sectional final at Meigs High School. However, the rest of the night did not go the way of the Lady Vikings as the top seeded Lady Eagles took the 78-38 victory over the eight seed.
Although Eastern (21-1) failed to score on its first trip down the floor the Green and Gold marked 30 points in the opening quarter and led by 22. The Lady Eagles continued their roll in the second period and took the 46-16 lead into the break.
Following the break EHS went on a 20-to-7 run that expanded the lead to 66-23 headed into the fourth. With all five EHS starters on the bench in the finale Symmes Valley out scored the Green and Gold 15-to-13, making Eastern the sectional champion by a 78-38 count.
The Lady Eagles were led by Jordan Parker with 16 points, Jenna Burdette with 13 and Erin Swatzel with 12. Hannah Barringer marked 10 points, Katie Keller had eight, while Lindsey Hupp and Maddie Rigsby each had seven. Hannah Bailey and Laura Pullins seach had two points, while Morgan Barringer rounded out the EHS total with one.
The Lady Eagles shot 33-of-67 (49.3 percent) from the field, 3-of-11 (27.3 percent) from three point range and 9-of-12 (75 percent) from the free throw line. As a team the Green and Gold had 38 rebounds, 24 assists, 16 steals, four blocks and 22 turnovers. Eastern scored on 39 of the 68 times they crossed half court.
The Lady Eagles’ rebounding was led by Keller, Burdette and Hannah Barringer with six apiece, while Burdette marked a game-high eight assists. Burdette led the defense with six steals, followed by Pullins with three. Swatzel had two blocks to lead EHS, followed by Parker and Keller with one rejection each.
Breanna Brunfield led SVHS with 11 points, followed by Meranda Hayes with 10 and Kalli Hunt with eight. Kelsea Massie had five points, while Elly Fulks and Hannah Maynard each had two markers.
The Lady Vikings shot 15-of-48 (31.3 percent) from the field, 2-of-11 (18.2 percent) from three and 6-of-14 (42.9 percent) from the free throw line. SVHS had 21 rebounds, five steals and 27 turnovers in the loss. Hunt led Symmes Valley with 11 boards.
The AP poll champion Lady Eagles will now face Portsmouth Notre Dame in the district semi-final at noon on Saturday February 22 at Jackson High School.
Eastern has now won nine consecutive sectional titles and 17 overall.