Lady Eagles soar past Miller, 56-36

By Alex Hawley -

HEMLOCK, Ohio — After a neutral court win and two wins at ‘The Nest’, the Eastern girls basketball team was faced with its first true away game of the season, on Thursday night in Perry County, and the Lady Eagles made it feel just like home.

Eastern outscored Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Miller in all but one quarter, as the visiting Green, White and Gold charged to a 56-36 victory, for their fourth straight win to start the season.

EHS (4-0, 2-0 TVC Hocking) had six different players mark in the scoring column in the first quarter alone, and the Lady Eagles led 19-8, eight minutes into play.

An 11-to-7 run in the second quarter, allowed Eastern to take a 30-15 lead into halftime. The EHS offense cooled off after the break, however, as both teams marked just eight points in the third period.

Eastern shook it off in the fourth quarter, outscoring Miller (0-4, 0-2) 18-to-13, to seal the 56-36 victory.

EHS senior Laura Pullins led the victors with 19 points, followed by Madison Williams with 13 and Jess Parker with 12. Elizabeth Collins scored six points in the win, Hannah Bailey added four, while Becca Pullins rounded out the Lady Eagle scoring with two points.

Eastern — which made two three-pointers in the win — had an uncharacteristically poor night from the free throw line, sinking just 8-of-15 attempts for 53.3 percent.

Haille Joseph led the hosts with eight points, followed by Ashley Spenoek with seven and Olivia Houk with six. Askya McFann scored five points, Lacey Alexander and Chloe Rine both added four, while Brooklyn Nilson chipped in with two points.

MHS was 4-of-10 from the charity stripe and made just one trifecta in the setback.

Eastern will go for the season sweep of the Lady Falcons on January 21, in Tuppers Plains.

After hosting Jackson in a non-conference tilt on Saturday, EHS will return to league action on Monday, when it visits South Gallia.

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

By Alex Hawley