Lady Eagles win season opener

By Alex Hawley -

STEWART, Ohio — Even though it’s the first game of a new campaign, the Lady Eagle offense may already be in mid-season form.

The Eastern girls basketball team had three players reach double figures in points Monday night, as the Lady Eagles claimed a 76-57 victory over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Federal Hocking, in Athens County.

Both teams connected on a trio of three pointers in the opening stanza, but the Lady Eagles (1-0, 1-0 TVC Hocking) managed to take a 24-17 lead at the end of the period. Eastern failed to connect from deep in the second quarter, while the Lady Lancers sank three triples and cut the deficit to 37-34 at halftime.

The Green and Gold built their lead to double digits following an 18-to-10 third quarter run, and Eastern outscored its host 21-to-13 over the final eight minutes to close out the 76-57 victory.

Eastern junior Laura Pullins led the Lady Eagles with 15 points, followed by Madison Williams and Hannah Barringer with 12 points apiece. Freshmen Rebecca Pullins and Jess Parker both scored nine points, Elizabeth Collins added eight, while Kelsey Casto finished with six. Rounding out the EHS scoring were Alyson Bailey with three points and Madison Kuhn with two.

Williams and Rebecca Pullins both sank two three pointers for the Green and Gold, while Parker and Bailey each had one. Eastern was 14-of-21 (66.7 percent) from the free throw line in the win.

The Lady Lancers were paced by Destiny Tabler with 15 points, followed by Skylar Hatfield with 14 and Miranda Scott with nine. Federal Hocking, which failed to make a three-pointer in the second half, was 11-of-16 (68.8 percent) from the free throw line.

These teams will meet again on January 7, at ‘The Nest’. Eastern returns to action on Thursday when the Lady Eagles host Southern.

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

By Alex Hawley