TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — Remaining perfect.
The Eastern girls basketball team kept their unblemished record alive Monday night, defeating Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division guest South Gallia 73-26 and moving to 10-0 on the season.
The Lady Eagles (10-0, 8-0 TVC Hocking) scored the first 22 points of the game and ended the first quarter with a 27-1 lead. The Lady Rebels (7-6, 4-5) hit a pair of three pointers in the second quarter but Eastern marked 11 points and took the 38-8 lead into the break.
South Gallia put together its best eight minutes of basketball in the third quarter, scoring 15 points. The Lady Eagles however, scored 19 in the third to take the 57-23 lead. The Green and Gold finished the night with a 16-3 run to seal the 73-26 victory and the regular season sweep of South Gallia.
Eastern’s scoring output was paced by Jordan Parker with 19 points, Jenna Burdette with 16 and Erin Swatzel with 15. Laura Pullins contributed seven points, Maddie Rigsby and Alia Hayes each had five, Katie Keller added four and Lindsey Hupp added two.
Eastern shot 28-of-62 (45.1 percent) from the field, 6-of-15 (40 percent) from beyond the arc and 11-of-16 (68.8 percent) from the free throw line. EHS had 26 rebounds, 20 assists, 21 steals, four blocks and a nine turnovers.
The EHS rebounding effort was led by Swatzel with six boards, followed by Burdette and Keller with five each. Burdette had a game-high nine assists, while Keller led the defense with six steals and two blocks.
The Lady Rebels were led by Sara Bailey with nine points and Rachel Johnson with seven. Mikayla Poling had six points, Lesley Small marked three, while Kelsey Corbin rounded out the SGHS total with one point.
South Gallia shot 9-of-25 (36 percent) from the field, 4-of-16 (25 percent) from beyond the arc and 4-of-8 (50 percent) from the free throw line. South Gallia had 14 rebounds, four assists and 33 turnovers.
Johnson led the Red and Gold with five rebounds, followed by Poling with three. Lexi Williamson had a team-best three assists.
Eastern also defeated SGHS on December 2, by a count of 83-23 in Mercerville.