TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — Now that’s a start you can build on.
The Eastern girls basketball team led by 21 points at halftime on Thursday night in Meigs County, and the Lady Eagles cruised to a 49-34 victory over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division guest Miller.
Eastern (11-4, 9-2 TVC Hocking) led 16-6 through eight minutes of play, and pushed the lead to 33-12 by halftime with a 17-to-6 second quarter spurt.
The Lady Eagles outscored the Lady Falcons (2-12, 2-9) 12-to-10 in the third quarter, expanding the advantage to 45-22 headed into the finale. Miller ended the game with a 12-4 run, but fell by a 49-34 final tally.
EHS junior Laura Pullins led the Green and Gold with 14 points, followed by Jess Parker and Elizabeth Collins with 10 each. Rebecca Pullins scored five points, Annalisa Boano added four, while Madison Kuhn, Courtney Fitzgerald and Kelsey Casto rounded out the Eastern scoring with two points apiece. The Lady Eagles made 7-of-9 (77.8 percent) free throw attempts and connected on four trifectas in the win.
Sanae Dutiel led the Lady Falcons with 13 points, followed by Sierra Banik with seven. Olivia Houk and Chloe Rine both scored five points, Brooklyn Wilson added three, while Lacey Alexander finished with one point in the setback. MHS, which made just two three-pointers, shot 8-of-20 (40 percent) from the charity stripe.
The Lady Eagles also defeated Miller on December 7, by 59-33 count in Hemlock. Eastern — which has won five of its last six games — returns to action on Thursday at South Gallia. EHS defeated the Lady Rebels on 47-32 on December 10, in Tuppers Plains.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.