TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — The Lady Eagles excelled at free throw shooting, especially when it mattered most.
The Eastern girls basketball team sank 9-of-11 fourth quarter free throw attempts on Saturday evening at ‘The Nest’, as the Lady Eagles sealed a 58-44 win over non-conference guest Jackson.
Eastern (5-0) — which is now 3-0 in non-conference play — trailed the Ironladies (2-3) by one point, 16-15, at the end of the first period, but the Lady Eagles rallied to take a 31-29 lead into the half.
EHS used a 14-to-9 third quarter run to extend its advantage to 45-38 with eight minutes to play. Both teams managed only a field goal apiece over the final eight minutes, but Eastern was 9-of-11 from the stripe, while Jackson was 4-of-5.
For the game, Eastern shot 19-of-23 (82.6 percent) from the free throw line, while JHS was 15-of-20 (75 percent). The hosts also held a 5-to-1 advantage in three-pointers made.
EHS senior Laura Pullins led the Green, White and Gold with 25 points, while Madison Williams scored 16 points. Next for Eastern was Jess Parker with seven points, followed by Alyson Bailey with five and Becca Pullins with three. The Lady Eagle scoring with rounded out by Elizabeth Collins, who had two points in the win.
Rebekah Green poured in 29 points to lead the Ironladies. Mariah Ridgeway chipped in with six points, Debra Hill, Ally Irwin, Olivia Carroll and Emily Brown each had two points, while Marley Haynes rounded out the JHS total with one marker.
After visiting South Gallia on Monday, the Lady Eagles will return home for a showdown with in-county rival Southern, on Thursday.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.