TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — In one aspect, Laura Pullins just added to the legacy of the 2014 state championship team.
In another regard, the current Eastern senior had a night to remember while establishing her own.
Pullins became the ninth Lady Eagle and third member of the 2014 Division IV title squad to eclipse the 1,000-point career plateau Thursday night following an impressive 65-37 victory over visiting Southern in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup between Meigs County programs at the Eagle’s Nest.
Pullins — a key sixth-man contributor to the D-4 champions as a freshman — became the first EHS girl since former teammate and current Alderson-Broaddus junior Jordan Parker (2014) to hit quadruple digits for a career, doing so on a left-handed layup with 1:53 remaining in regulation for a 65-33 lead.
Pullins — who needed 23 points coming into the contest — ended up with a double-double effort of 24 points and 11 rebounds while guiding the Lady Eagles to a perfect 7-0 overall mark, which includes a 4-0 record in TVC Hocking play.
Pullins was also a teammate of four-time All-Ohio first teamer and current Dayton junior Jenna Burdette, who eclipsed 1,000 points in the 2012-13 season as a junior — Laura’s eighth grade campaign.
Burdette (1,807) and Parker (1,261) are the top-two all-time scorers for the Lady Eagles, followed by Jessica Carr (1,224), Jessica Brannon (1,189), Kasey Turley (1,154), Valerie Karr (1,133), Morgan Weber (1,021) and Erin Weber (1,013).
Pullins was a little emotional when reflecting on what all she had accomplished in getting to this historic moment, but knowing that she had just joined some pretty special people on a very prestigious list was the thing that stuck out most.
That is, of course, after having the moment come in a victory.
“After watching Jenna and Jordan get there and knowing what they had to do to reach that point, I will say that it is something that I have worked hard to achieve … just as they did,” Pullins said. “I also learned from them that it takes everybody on the floor to make things like this happen, so I am very grateful for all of my teammates over the years.
“Being a county rival, it is a little exciting that this happened against Southern. I’m just happy to join this club in a win.”
The Lady Tornadoes (5-2, 3-1) had their five-game win streak snapped after committing six turnovers and going 0-for-3 from the field in the first three minutes of regulation.
During that same span, Pullins had already scored nine of the hosts’ 13 points before ultimately leading 15-0 with 4:54 remaining in the opening stanza.
SHS never came closer than 11 points the rest of the way as a Faith Teaford basket with 3:53 remaining made it a 15-4 contest, but Eastern closed the quarter with an 8-0 run for a 23-4 edge.
The Green and White forced 11 second quarter turnovers and twice led by 21 points before ultimately securing a 35-15 advantage headed into the break.
The Purple and Gold trailed by as many as 28 points (47-19) in the third canto before entering the finale down 51-25. EHS led by as many as 34 points (63-29) following a Pullins free throw with 4:08 left.
The Lady Eagles outrebounded Southern by a 35-30 overall margin, including a sizable 20-9 edge on the offensive glass. EHS also committed only 13 turnovers, compared to 28 giveaways by the guests.
Eastern connected on 22-of-60 field goal attempts for 37 percent, including a 5-of-14 effort from behind the arc for 36 percent. The hosts were also 16-of-26 at the free throw line for 62 percent.
Pullins — who made eight field goals, two trifectas and also went 6-of-13 at the free throw line — was followed by Madison Williams with 17 points and six boards, while Alyson Bailey chipped in 10 markers.
Jess Parker was next with eight points and eight rebounds, while Elizabeth Collins and Becca Pullins added three points apiece.
The Lady Tornadoes connected on 15-of-44 field goal attempts for 34 percent, including a 1-of-9 effort from three-point range for 11 percent. SHS was also 6-of-12 at the charity stripe for 50 percent.
Teaford — who is now seven points away from reaching 1,000 for her career — paced Southern with 13 points and Phoenix Cleland was next with seven points. Baylee Wolfe and Sierra Cleland each contributed six points as well.
Jaiden Roberts added three points and Bailee Floyd rounded out the Southern tally with two markers. Wolfe led the guests with eight rebounds, while Teaford and Cleland each hauled in seven caroms.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.
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