TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — A convincing win to say the least.
The Eastern girls basketball team won its third straight game Saturday evening at ‘The Nest’, as the Lady Eagles claimed a 47-6 decision over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division guest Wahama.
Eastern (6-2, 5-1 TVC Hocking) led 18-0 through eight minutes of play, and pushed the lead to 22-0 by the time Wahama (0-6, 0-6) got on the board for the first time. The Lady Eagles led 28-3 at halftime and 35-5 by the end of the third quarter. EHS outscored the Lady Falcons 12-to-1 over the final eight minutes, capping off the 47-6 triumph.
“We just tried to work on some sets, working the ball around and finding different lanes,” EHS head coach John Burdette said afterwards. “We’re still really young and we don’t see the lanes that we need to be cutting in or feeding in to. We worked on close outs, boxing out and just your typical little stuff that you need to get better at every game.”
Elizabeth Collins led the Lady Eagles with 12 points, followed by Laura Pullins with nine. Rebecca Pullins, Jess Parker and Alyson Bailey each totaled six points, Kelsey Casto added five, Annalisa Boano chipped in with two, while Madison Williams rounded out the EHS total with one marker.
Eastern shot 10-of-15 (66.7 percent) from the free throw line and 18-of-51 (35.3 percent) from the field, including 1-of-8 (12.5 percent) from beyond the arc. As a team EHS had 18 defensive rebounds, 12 offensive rebounds, 10 assists, 12 steals, three blocks and eight turnovers.
Laura Pullins marked team-highs in rebounds with six, assists with three and blocks with two, while Bailey led the EHS defense with three steals.
Faith Henry and Maddi VanMatre each scored three points for the Lady Falcons. Afterwards first year Wahama head coach John Arnott explained that to be competitive it will take time.
“We’re a work in progress and we’re working on it one step at a time,” Arnott said. “We’re not going to give up. I think in the past a lot of people have given up on these kids and they’ve given up on themselves. Now I have to turn that around and let them know that I’m not going to give up on them.”
Wahama shot 1-of-10 (10 percent) from the charity stripe and 2-of-31 (6.5 percent) from the field, including 1-of-8 (12.5 percent) from beyond the arc. The Lady Falcons posted 16 defensive rebounds, nine offensive rebounds, three steals and one block in the game.
VanMatre finished with a game-best nine rebounds, Molly Fisher led Wahama with two steals, while Nena Hunt had the lone Lady Falcon rejection.
These teams will meet again on January 28, at Gary Clark Court in Mason. Eastern, which hosted league-leading Waterford on Monday, returns to action on Wednesday when Ironton St. Joseph visits Meigs County. Wahama, which visited Belpre on Monday, hosts Meigs on December 28 in the Lady Falcons’ final game of 2015.
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