Lady Eagles stymie Wahama, 83-4

Bryan Walters

January 27, 2014

TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — Scary good.

The Eastern girls basketball team didn’t allow a field goal in the first half and had all 10 players reach the scoring column Monday night during a 83-4 victory over visiting Wahama in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup at the Eagle’s Nest in Meigs County.

The Lady Eagles (15-0, 12-0 TVC Hocking) never trailed in the contest, as the hosts stormed out to leads of 21-1 and 45-2 after each of the first two quarters of play. Olivia Hill went 2-of-4 at the free throw line in the opening 16 minutes, giving the Lady Falcons (0-14, 0-10) their only points before the break.

EHS — which entered the contest ranked second in the Division IV AP poll — never looked back, as the Lady Eagles went on a 21-2 third quarter surge for a 66-4 lead, then closed regulation with a 17-0 run to wrap up the 79-point triumph.

Eastern claimed a season sweep after posting a 74-10 win at WHS back on December 19. It was the second straight game and third time this season that EHS held an opponent to single digits. The Lady Eagles have also allowed a grand total of 40 points in their last three outings.

Jordan Parker led the hosts with a game-high 16 points, followed by Katie Keller with 14 points and Erin Swatzel with 13 markers. Jenna Burdette — who did not score in the first and fourth frames — was next with 11 points, while Laura Pullins and Hannah Barringer respectively chipped in nine and eight markers.

Maddie Rigsby contributed six points to the winning cause, while Alia Hayes added three points and Lindsey Hupp had two markers. Hannah Bailey rounded things out with one point for EHS, which went 9-of-12 at the free throw line for 75 percent.

The Lady Eagles — who have won 18 straight regular season contests and 14 consecutive home games — received only six second half points from Burdette and Parker combined. It is also the lowest total of points allowed by Eastern’s defense this winter.

Sierra Carmichael — a 1,000-point career scorer — made Wahama’s only field goal in the third quarter. Carmichael and Hill accounted for all of the scoring by the Lady Falcons, who were 2-of-6 at the charity stripe for 33 percent.