TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — To its credit, the Belpre girls basketball team managed to cut Eastern’s point output nearly in half the second time around.
The bad news for BHS, however, was that the host Lady Eagles returned the favor in the rematch.
After posting a 90-44 decision in Washington County back on Jan. 5, Eastern earned a season sweep of the Lady Golden Eagles Thursday night during a 49-24 triumph in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup on Senior Night at the Eagles’ Nest.
EHS (14-5, 13-3 TVC Hocking) secured sole possession of second place in the league standings, marking the third straight season in which Eastern has finished in the top-two spots in the Hocking Division. Belpre (13-7, 10-6), which finished third last winter, ended up fourth overall in the TVC Hocking standings.
The hosts never trailed in the contest after storming out to a 12-1 advantage after eight minutes of play, then followed with a 15-10 run in the second canto to take a 27-11 lead into the intermission.
The Lady Eagles kept that momentum going in the second half, as the Green and White used a 7-5 third quarter spurt for a 34-16 edge headed into the finale. EHS closed regulation on a 15-8 charge, allowing seniors Brenna Holter, Hayley Gillian, Cheyenne Doczi and Kelsey Myers to celebrate their final home contest in style with a 25-point decision.
Eastern had 10 different players score in the triumph while also notching its second straight victory, as well as five wins in its last six outings. The loss was the second for BHS in its last three contests.
Jordan Parker and Jenna Burdette led the victors with matching game-high efforts of 13 points apiece, followed by Holter and Maddie Rigsby with five markers each. Savannah Hawley and Cierra Turley also chipped in three points apiece.
Gillian, Doczi and Myers all contributed two points each, while Katie Keller rounded out the winning tally with one marker. EHS was 4-of-7 at the free throw line for 57 percent.
Allison Flowers paced Belpre with nine points, followed by Kelsey Lerch and Natalie Perry with five markers apiece. The guests made just five field goals in the game and also went 13-of-21 at the charity stripe for 62 percent.
Eastern now turns its attention to the Division IV sectional tournament Thursday at Meigs High School, as the Lady Eagles will face the Symmes Valley-Federal Hocking winner at 6:15 p.m.
Eastern 49, Belpre 24
B 1-10-5-8 — 24
E 12-15-7-15 — 49
BELPRE (13-7, 10-6 TVC Hocking): Emily Hughes 0 0-1 0, Sierra Barker 1 0-0 2, Kelsey Lerch 1 3-5 5, Stephanie Boso 0 0-0 0, Tara Ruth 0 0-0 0, Claudia Hall 0 1-2 1, Allison Flowers 2 5-6 9, Natalie Perry 1 2-2 5, Brooke Kapple 0 0-0 0, Lexus Cunningham 0 2-5 2, Rachel Packard 0 0-0 0, Ashley Jenkins 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 5 13-21 24. Three-point goals: 1 (Perry).
EASTERN (14-5, 13-3 TVC Hocking): Brenna Holter 2 1-2 5, Savannah Hawley 1 0-0 3, Jordan Parker 5 1-1 13, Jenna Burdette 6 0-0 13, Katie Keller 0 1-2 1, Hayley Gillian 1 0-0 2, Cheyenne Doczi 1 0-0 2, Kelsey Myers 1 0-0 2, Tori Goble 0 0-0 0, Maddie Rigsby 2 1-2 5, Erin Swatzel 0 0-0 0, Cierra Turley 1 0-0 3. TOTALS: 20 4-7 49. Three-point goals: 5 (Parker 2, Hawley, Burdette, Turley).