Lady Eagles cruise past Wahama, 42-15

By Bryan Walters -

MASON, W.Va. — The Wahama girls basketball team held visiting Eastern scoreless over the final eight minutes of play, but the Lady Eagles still rolled to a 42-15 victory Monday night during a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup at Gary Clark Court in Mason County.

The Lady Eagles (8-1, 5-1 TVC Hocking) responded nicely after suffering its first loss of the season to Waterford just 48 hours earlier, as the Green and White had six different players reached the first quarter scoring column en route to a 17-5 advantage through eight minutes of play.

The host Lady Falcons (1-6, 0-5) were never closer as they managed only a field goal apiece over the next two frames, both of which came from sophomore Maddy VanMatre.

EHS extended its lead with a 14-2 second quarter run for a 31-7 halftime edge, then went on an 11-2 charge to secure a comfortable 42-9 cushion headed into the finale.

Eastern did not play four of its starters at all in the fourth quarter, allowing both benches to gain some playing experience down the stretch. WHS made a third of its total field goals in its 6-0 fourth quarter run, which concluded the contest at its 27-point outcome.

The Lady Eagles made two of their 17 field goals from behind the arc and also went 6-of-13 at the free throw line for 46 percent.

Elizabeth Collins led the guests with a game-high 10 points, followed by Madison Williams with nine points and Jess Parker with seven markers.

Alyson Bailey and Laura Pullins each chipped in six points to the winning cause, while Kelsey Casto and Hannah Bailey rounded out the respective tally with three points and one point.

The Red and White netted six total field goals, including zero trifectas, in the setback. The hosts were also 3-of-9 at the charity stripe for 33 percent.

VanMatre made a basket in each quarter and led WHS with eight points, followed by Gracie VanMeter and Lauren Bissell with three markers apiece. Hannah Rose also had one point in the loss.

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By Bryan Walters