MASON, W.Va. — The Eastern girls basketball team forced 33 turnovers, shot 54 percent from the field and scored a season-high in points Thursday night during an impressive 83-22 victory over host Wahama in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Mason County.
The Lady Eagles (9-1, 8-0 TVC Hocking) forced 22 turnovers and connected on 19-of-36 field goal attempts before the break, which allowed the guests to surge out to a commanding 44-15 intermission advantage.
The Lady Falcons (1-8, 1-6) never came closer the rest of the way, as the hosts made only one field goal in the second half while mustering seven points after the break — all while dropping their sixth straight overall decision.
EHS — winners of three straight contests — trailed 4-2 at the 6:46 mark of the opening period, but the guests responded with a 22-5 surge over the remainder of the canto to establish a commanding 24-9 advantage.
Eastern sank 11-of-19 field goal attempts in the opening eight minutes, while Wahama committed 10 turnovers and connected on 4-of-8 shot attempts over that same span.
WHS pulled back to within 15 points (26-11) just 22 seconds into the second canto, but the Lady Eagles countered with an 8-0 run over the next four minutes for a 34-11 edge with 3:24 remaining before the half. Wahama closed to within 39-15 with 1:50 left in the second stanza, but the guests closed the half with a 5-0 spurt to secure a 29-point lead at the half.
Eastern went without a turnover and also held the Lady Falcons without a field goal in the third quarter, as the Lady Eagles made a 23-2 charge to secure a 67-17 advantage headed into the finale.
Wahama went 10:04 without a field goal until Kelsey Zuspan drilled a trifecta 15 seconds into the fourth period, but a pair of free throws by Mackenzie Gabritsch at the 3:33 mark would be the only other points that the hosts came away with down the stretch.
The Lady Eagles closed the final three-plus minutes with a 7-0 run to secure the 61-point triumph.
Eastern connected on 35-of-65 field goal attempts, which included a 4-of-9 effort from three-point range for 44 percent. EHS committed 10 turnovers in the victory, including just two miscues in the second half.
Jordan Parker led the guests with a game-high 19 points, followed by Jenna Burdette with 18 points and Maddie Rigsby with 16 markers. Katie Keller also reached double figures with 10 points in the triumph.
Tori Goble chipped in eight points, Savannah Hawley had seven markers and Erin Swatzel rounded out the scoring with five points. EHS was 9-of-16 at the free throw line for 56 percent.
Wahama connected on 8-of-28 field goal attempts for 29 percent, including a 2-of-4 effort from three-point territory for 50 percent. The hosts were also 4-of-5 from the charity stripe for 80 percent.
Kelsey Zuspan paced the Lady Falcons with 10 points, followed by Mackenzie Gabritsch with six points and Sierra Carmichael with four markers. Paige Gardner rounded out the scoring with two markers.