Eastern soars past Lady Falcons, 48-17

By Alex Hawley - ahawley@civitasmedia.com

MASON, W.Va. — Another night, another convincing win for the Green and Gold.

The Eastern girls basketball team picked up its second straight 30-plus point win Thursday evening, this time defeating Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Wahama by a 48-17 count, on Gary Clark Court.

The Lady Falcons (0-13, 0-11) managed just two points over the first eight minutes of play, as Eastern (14-5, 12-2) charged out to a 19-2 lead. The Lady Eagles outscored their host 13-to-3 in the second canto, and the EHS lead was 31-5 at halftime.

Wahama connected on two trifectas in the third period, but was outscored 11-to-10 in the quarter, as Eastern’s lead grew to 42-15 headed into the fourth. The Green and Gold closed the game with a 6-2 run, sealing the 48-17 victory and the season sweep of WHS.

Eastern also defeated the Red and White on December 19, by a 47-6 count in Tuppers Plains.

EHS sophomore Elizabeth Collins paced the Lady Eagles with nine points, followed by freshman Alyson Bailey with eight. Laura Pullins and Madison Kuhn scored seven points apiece, Rebecca Pullins chipped in with six, while Hannah Bailey scored four. Annalisa Boano contributed three points to the EHS cause, while Kelsey Casto and Abbie Hawley rounded out the Eastern scoring with two points apiece.

Eastern — which drained two three-pointers in the win — shot 12-of-22 from the charity stripe, equaling 54.5 percent.

WHS freshman Maddy VanMatre led the Red and White with six points, followed by Faith Henry with four. Nena Hunt and Rebecca Gerlach both scored three points for the hosts, while Molly Fisher rounded out the Wahama scoring with one point.

Wahama — which also sank two triples — was just 3-of-12 from the free throw line, equaling 25 percent.

Eastern has now won five of its last six decisions and returns to action on Monday at 16-1 Waterford. The league leading Lady Wildcats claimed a 48-30 decision at Eastern on December 21 and have now won 34 straight league games. Waterford will clinch its second straight lead title with a victory over EHS, which now sits alone in second place.

Wahama — which has now lost 57 consecutive games and 48 straight TVC Hocking tilts — returns to action on Monday, when 11-8 Belpre visits Mason. The Lady Golden Eagles topped WHS on December 21, by a 72-14 final tally in Washington County.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

By Alex Hawley