GLOUSTER, Ohio — A slow start only hurts you if you let it.
The Eastern girls basketball team trailed 8-to-6 after the opening period of Monday night’s Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division showdown at Trimble, but the Lady Eagles kicked it in gear and outscored their host 51-to-12 over the final three quarters, securing the 57-20 victory in White Gymnasium.
Trailing by two points at the end of the first quarter, Eastern (8-3, 6-2 TVC Hocking) held the Lady Tomcats (6-6, 4-4) without a field goal in the second period. EHS put up 20 points in the second and led 26-10 at halftime.
The Lady Eagles increased its advantage to 43-15 by the end of the third period and outscored Trimble 14-to-5 over the final eight minutes, capping off the 57-20 victory.
EHS junior Laura Pullins led the Lady Eagles with 21 points, nine rebounds, six steals and three blocks, followed by Alyson Bailey with nine points and a team-best three assists. Rebecca Pullins marked eight points, Jess Parker added seven, while Elizabeth Collins had six points and three blocks in the win. Madison Kuhn, Hannah Bailey and Annalisa Boano rounded out the EHS scoring with two points apiece.
The Lady Eagles shot 7-of-10 (70 percent) from the free throw line and 23-of-51 (45.1 percent) from the field, including 4-of-15 (26.7 percent) from beyond the arc. As a team the Green and Gold finished with 33 rebounds, 11 assists, 18 steals, six blocks and 12 turnovers.
Trimble was led by Nikki Kish with seven points, six rebounds and three steals, while Morgan Azbell added five points. Skylar Moore marked three points, Morgan Murphy and Calen Campbell both scored two, while Kaitlyn Spears finished with one marker in the setback.
The Red and Silver shot 6-of-13 (46.2 percent) from the charity stripe and 6-of-34 (17.6 percent) from the field, including 2-of-13 (15.4 percent) from three-point range. The Lady Tomcats combined for 29 rebounds, four assists, seven steals, one block and 22 turnovers in the loss.
The Lady Eagles will try to sweep Trimble in the regular season finale on February 4, in Tuppers Plains. Eastern will try for its third straight win on Thursday when Federal Hocking visits ‘The Nest’. EHS topped the Lady Lancers 76-57 in the season opener at McInturf Gymnasium.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.