TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — A fitting way for five seniors to say goodbye to ‘The Nest’.
The Eastern girls basketball team earned their 15th consecutive home victory on Wednesday, defeating Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division guest Southern 85-38 on senior night.
Eastern (18-1, 14-0 TVC Hocking) scored the first 11 points of the game and led the Lady Tornadoes (12-7, 9-5) by 16 points, 19-3 at the end of the first quarter. Southern turned its offense around a bit in the second quarter and marked 11 points, but EHS marked 23 in the second to take the 42-14 lead into the break.
There was no shortage of offense in the third period as the Lady Eagles marked 25 points and Southern posted 18 in the quarter. The Green and Gold finished the game with a 18-to-6 run in the fourth quarter to seal the 85-38 victory.
The Lady Eagles had five players reach double figures in scoring, led by Jenna Burdette with 19 points and Jordan Parker with 17. Laura Pullins had 12 points, Maddie Rigsby added 11 and Katie Keller finished with 10. Erin Swatzel chipped in six points, Alia Hayes and Hannah Bailey each had four and Abbie Hawley rounded out the EHS scoring with two points.
Eastern shot 37-of-69 (53.6 percent) from the field, 6-of-17 (35.3 percent) from three point range and 5-of-12 (41.7 percent) from the free throw line. As a team the Lady Eagles had 36 rebounds, 27 steals, 19 assists, four blocks and 16 turnovers.
Burdette led EHS with nine rebounds and eight assists. Pullins, Parker and Burdette each five steals to lead the defense, while Keller marked two blocks.
Southern was led by Celestia Hendrix with 15 points, followed by Hannah Hill with eight. Faith Teaford and Cierra Turley each had five points, while Jansen Wolfe added three and Sarah Dowell marked two.
The Lady Tornadoes 15-of-43 (34.9 percent) from the field, 4-of-14 (28.6 percent) from beyond the arc and 4-of-7 (57.1 percent) from the charity stripe. As a team Southern had 21 rebounds, 12 assists, three steals and 33 turnovers.
Hendrix had a team-high five rebounds, while Turley, Ali Deem, Wolfe and Hendrix each had two assists. Hendrix, Hannah Hill and Haley Hill each had a steal for the Purple and Gold defense.
EHS also defeated the Lady Tornadoes on January 20, by a count of 83-27 in Racine.
Before the game Eastern honored seniors Maddie Rigsby, Jenna Burdette, Erin Swatzel, Jordan Parker and Katie Keller, as well as senior manager Hannah Hawley. These Lady Eagles have lost just three home contests in their four years at home and completed a perfect 9-0 campaign this year.
The last home setback for EHS came on December 17, 2012 to Jackson. Waterford and Huntington St. Joe are the only other teams to defeat Eastern at ‘The Nest” in the last four seasons.