TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — The Eastern girls basketball team won its 17th straight league contest Thursday night with a convincing 76-26 decision over visiting Belpre in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup at the Eagle’s Nest.
The Lady Eagles (14-2, 12-0 TVC Hocking) led wire-to-wire in the contest, as the hosts limited BHS to just five points apiece in each of the first three quarters en route to a sizable 59-15 lead headed into the finale.
EHS led 20-5 after eight minutes of play, then went on a 21-5 second quarter surge to secure a commanding 41-10 intermisiong advantage. Eastern followed with an 18-5 run in the third canto to secure a 44-point lead entering the fourth.
The Lady Eagles increased their lead to as much as 56 points (74-18) after Jordan Parker hit a layup with 2:13 left in regulation. The Lady Golden Eagles (11-6, 6-6) closed the final 2:04 of the game with an 8-2 spurt to wrap up the 50-point outcome.
Eastern, with the victory, claimed a season sweep of Belpre after posting a 70-23 decision at BHS back on December 3.
Jenna Burdette hit six of the hosts’ 10 trifectas in the contest and had a game-high 30 points, 17 of which came in the opening 16 minutes. Jordan Parker was next with 17 points, followed by Erin Swatzel with 10 markers.
Savannah Hawley chipped in nine points to the winning cause, while Katie Keller and Maddie Rigsby respectively rounded things out with six and four markers. The Lady Eagles were 8-of-10 at the free throw line for 80 percent.
Belpre — which made only one field goal in the first half and seven total for the contest — was paced by Katelyn Hughes with 11 points, followed by Sierra Barker with seven points.
Rachel Packard and Lexus Cunningham rounded out Belpre’s tally with five and three points, respectively. The guests were 8-of-16 at the charity stripe for 50 percent.