Golden Eagles soar past Lady Falcons

By Paul Boggs -

BELPRE, Ohio — Wahama, unfortunately and once again, was overwhelmed from the get-go.

That’s because the visiting White Falcons were outscored by Belpre 19-4 in the opening quarter — en route to suffering a 61-35 loss in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division girls basketball bout on Saturday.

The Golden Eagles also won the second stanza 15-9 to lead 34-13 at halftime, as Belpre took the third period 14-8 to lead 48-21.

Wahama won the fourth frame 14-13 for the 61-35 final, but the loss was its 57th consecutive inside the TVC-Hocking.

The White Falcons fell to 1-5 — and 0-4 in the league, while Belpre boosted its division record to a perfect 5-0, part of 7-1 overall.

The Golden Eagles amassed a 25-12 advantage in total field goals, including a 6-0 shutout from outside the three-point arc.

The White Falcons did sink 11-of-16 free throws, including 5-of-8 in the second quarter, 2-of-4 by Hannah Rose in the third — and finally 4-of-4 by Maddy VanMatre in the fourth.

VanMatre, on three field goals and 7-of-10 free throws, led the Lady Falcons with 13 points.

She was 3-of-6 in the second quarter, as Lauren Bissell made 2-of-2 in the same frame.

Rose, who made two field goals in both the second and fourth cantos, registered 10 points.

Elizabeth Mullins managed three baskets for six points, as she and Gracie VanMeter had the club’s only buckets in the first.

Grace Haddox had a third-quarter field goal to round out Wahama’s scoring.

Cheyenne Barker, on nine total field goals including five three-pointers, poured in 24 points to pace Belpre.

Daisy Cowdery finished with five field goals for 10 points, while Kaitlin Richards recorded four field goals for eight.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs