BELPRE, Ohio — One quarter really can make all the difference.
The Belpre girls basketball team led by two points at halftime of Monday night’s Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division tilt with visiting Eastern, but the Green and Gold outscored the hosts 18-to-6 in the third period en route to a 57-44 victory.
The Lady Golden Eagles (4-2, 2-2 TVC Ohio) led 15-to-9 after the opening period, but their lead was cut to 24-22 at halftime.
Eastern (4-2, 4-1) still trailed by two points two minutes into the third canto, but a 15-0 run gave EHS a 40-27 lead late in the period. Belpre cut the lead to 10 points by the end of the third, but the guests outscored the Orange and Black 17-to-14 over the final eight minutes to cap off the 57-44 win.
EHS junior Laura Pullins led the Lady Eagles with 19 points, followed by Rebecca Pullins with 13 and Elizabeth Collins with nine. Madison Williams posted eight points, Jess Parker contributed six, while Alyson Bailey rounded out the Eastern scoring with two points. The Green and Gold shot 16-of-25 (64 percent) from the free throw line and connected on a trio of three pointers in the triumph.
Belpre — which shot 12-of-21 (57.1 percent) from the charity stripe and hit six trifectas — was led by Katelyn Hughes with 12 points and Cheyenne Barker with 11. Hannah Lawrentz marked eight points, Makenzie Reed added six, while Maddie Hughes and Hannah Deems each posted three points. The BHS offense was rounded out by Daisy Cowdery with one point in the setback.
Eastern — which will have its shot at sweeping the Lady Golden Eagles in Tuppers Plains on January 23 — returns to action on Thursday in non-league action at 6-1 River Valley.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.