MERCERVILLE, Ohio — Two streaks continue as another one ends.
The Eastern Lady Eagles took their seventh consecutive victory Thursday night with a 73-44 victory over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host South Gallia. This is the 16th straight league victory for the Eagles, while the loss ends the Lady Rebels seven game win streak.
Defense was the key early on for the Lady Eagles (13-1, 11-0 TVC Hocking), as they forced nine turnovers in the first period en route to a 13-8 lead.
The pace picked up in the second quarter with EHS coring 27 points over eight minutes. South Gallia (12-4, 9-3) scored 17 in the second and trailed 40-25 at halftime.
Eastern began the second half with a 15-to-5 run, expanding the lead to 25 points. The Lady Rebels finished with half on a 7-to-4 spurt and the Lady Eagles held a 59-37 advantage headed into the finale.
Eastern closed out the game out scoring SGHS 14-to-7 over the final eight minutes and claimed the 73-44 victory.
The Lady Eagles were paced by junior Jenna Burdette, with 24 points and seven assists on the night. Maddie Rigsby notched 15 points for the victors, while Savannah Hawley had 13 and Jordan Parker added 10. Katie Keller and Tori Goble each chipped in with four points, and Erin Swatzel rounded out the EHS scoring with three points.
Swatzel led the Green and White on the glass with 10 rebounds, followed by Parker and Rigsby with eight each. Following Burdette in the assists column was Hawley with five and Parker with four. Parker led Eastern with with five steals followed by Hawley with three.Hawley had the games lone block.
The Lady Eagles shot 9-of-13 (69.2 percent) from the charity stripe and 28-of-68 (41.2 percent) from the field including 8-of-20 (40 percent) from beyond the arc. Burdette accounted for four of the EHS treys, while Hawley had three and Rigsby made one.
Rachel Johnson paced South Gallia with 19 points, followed by Jasmyne Johnson with 17. Ellie Bostic marked six points, while Meghan Caldwell added two, rounding out the Lady Rebels scoring attack.
Jasmyne Johnson rounded out her double-double performance with 10 rebounds, while Caldwell had nine and Rachel Johnson grabbed six. Caldwell led SGHS with four assists, while Lesley Small added three and Sara Bailey had two. Small and Jasmyne Johnson accounted for the only two steals on the night for South Gallia.
The Lady Rebels shot 10-of-23 (43.5 percent) from the free throw line and 16-of-57 (28.1 percent) from the field including 2-of-12 (16.7 percent) from three point range. Jasmyne Johnson made both of South Gallia’s three’s.
The Lady Eagles held a 37-to-32 advantage on the boards, as well as a 12-to-17 edge in turnovers.
Eastern completes the season sweep of South Gallia with the victory, as the Lady Eagles took the 63-25 victory in the teams first meeting on November 29th.
South Gallia is the last TVC Hocking team to defeat Eastern, as the Lady Rebels were victorious on January 23rd last season in Mercerville by a count of 52-51. EHS has won 16 straight TVC Hocking matchups since that game.