BELPRE, Ohio — A perfect 10th.
The Eastern girls basketball team wrapped up the program’s 10th league championship on an unblemished note Saturday following a 79-43 victory over host Belpre in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Washington County.
The Lady Eagles (20-1, 16-0 TVC Hocking) stormed out to a 25-11 advantage after eight minutes and never looked back, as the guests followed with a 16-9 second quarter run to secure a 41-20 cushion at the break.
Eastern kept that momentum moving forward in the third period, as the guests made a 28-13 charge to open up a sizable 69-33 lead headed into the finale. The Lady Golden Eagles (14-5, 9-5) matched EHS with 10 points apiece down the stretch, wrapping up the 36-point triumph.
The win allowed Eastern to claim a season sweep of BHS after posting an 85-24 decision in Tuppers Plains back on December 16.
The Lady Eagles had 10 players reach the scoring column, led by Jenna Burdette with a game-high 15 points. Jordan Parker and Maddie Rigsby were next with 13 points apiece, while Katie Keller chipped in 12 markers.
Erin Swatzel contributed nine points to the winning cause, while Laura Pullins and Alia Hayes respectively added seven and five markers. Hannah Barringer and Hannah Bailey each chipped in two points, while Morgan Barringer rounded out the scoring with one marker.
EHS was 22-of-37 at the free throw line for 59 percent, while the hosts netted 9-of-11 charity tosses for 82 percent.
Lexus Cunningham paced BHS with 13 points, followed by Katelyn Hughes with 10 points and Sierra Barker with nine markers.
It is the first unbeaten league championship for Eastern since the 2000-01 campaign.