Lady Eagles soar past Rosecrans, 70-53

Bryan Walters

December 30, 2013

TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — In a battle of unbeatens, one team was clearly up to the challenge of remaining that way.

The Eastern girls basketball team led wire-to-wire and shot 57 percent from the field Saturday night en route to a 70-53 triumph over visiting Zanesville Rosecrans in a non-conference matchup at the Eagle’s Nest in Meigs County.

The host Lady Eagles (8-0) limited the Lady Bishops to 32 percent shooting from the field overall while storming out to a 10-0 advantage 3:15 into regulation. Rosecrans (8-1) — which missed its first seven shot attempts — never came closer than five points the rest of the way.

EHS connected on 8-of-12 field goal attempts in the first quarter while taking a 19-9 edge, but a 3-of-14 effort in the second canto provided some breathing room for the guests to close to within 25-20 with 1:52 left in the half.

The Lady Bishops, however, missed their final 10 shot attempts of the first half, and Eastern closed the final 1:43 on a 6-0 surge to secure its biggest lead of the opening 16 minutes at 31-20.

The Lady Eagles extended their edge out to as much as 48-29 after a Katie Keller basket at the 2:13 mark of the third, but the guests battled back with a 9-2 spurt to trim the deficit down to 50-38 with 12 seconds remaining.

The Lady Bishops were never closer the rest of the way as Jenna Burdette tacked on an old-fashioned three-point play with four seconds left in the third, allowing EHS to secure a 53-38 cushion headed into the finale.

Two free throws by Jordan Parker gave Eastern its largest lead of the night at 66-45 with 2:32 left in regulation. Rosecrans closed the game with an 8-4 run to wrap up the 17-point outcome.

The Lady Eagles shot a remarkable 13-of-16 from the field in the second half for 81 percent, which included a perfect 5-of-5 effort in the fouth quarter. The hosts were also a perfect 4-of-4 from three-point range in the second half.

Overall, Eastern was 24-of-42 from the field — which included a 6-of-9 effort from three-point range for 67 percent. The Lady Eagles also committed 16 turnovers and outrebounded the guests by a 26-21 margin.

Jenna Burdette led EHS with game-highs of 25 points and seven assists, followed by Jordan Parker with 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field. Katie Keller was next with eight points, while Laura Pullins chipped in seven markers.

Maddie Rigsby and Erin Swatzel rounded out the winning tally with four markers apiece. The Lady Eagles were 16-of-21 at the free throw line for 76 percent.

Rosecrans connected on 6-of-26 shots in the first half for 23 percent and finished the night 17-of-53 overall from the field, which included a 6-of-23 effort from behind the arc for 26 percent. The guests also committed 12 turnovers and went 13-of-19 at the charity stripe for 68 percent.

Molly Nash led the Lady Bishops with 16 points, followed by Maddie Chandler with 13 points and Alexis Kirkbride with nine markers.