Updated Thu, Dec 5, 2013 11:56 pm
The Lady Eagles dominated their game against the Lady Tomcats, winning 89-7 on Thursday night to make for their second 80-plus point game of the season.
Eastern came out with intense pressure on defense, and remained relentless on offense throughout the game. Assistant coach Tim Baum wanted the girls to get in the passing lanes and deny the ball.
“We want to play hard, you have to tell the kids to play hard,” said Baum. “It’s hard to slow down and then be able to pick up the pace again.”
The Eagles opened the game with a fast start and jumped out to an early lead, ending the first quarter with a 26-0 lead. Senior Jenna Burdette contributed back-to-back 3-point shots within the first three minutes to set the tone for the rest of the game. Every girl scored at least five points for the Eagles. Burdette and Katie Keller scored 16 points each, with Jordan Parker leading the way with 19 points.
Going into halftime, the Eagles led 47-0. Trimble settled for long 3-point attempts as its only option against the Eagles’ defensive pressure. The girls wanted to play hard at all times during the game, no matter the score.
“We like to actually run more,” said Parker. “We are a fast-paced team and we have been since the fourth grade, it’s just what we do.”
Eastern showed excellent ball movement throughout the game, getting fast shots, running up and down the court as well as finding open opportunities against Trimble’s zone defense.
“Most teams don’t have their communication and sometimes we feel like we can read each other’s minds,” said Parker.
The Tomcats came into the third quarter scoring their first points of the game at 7:22 by senior Emily McKee. Sophomore Nikki Kish also contributed, nailing a three late in the third quarter.
The Eagles exhibited excellent ball movement that left the Tomcats unable to contest. Parker commented that playing against alumni outside of games helps the girls practice their up-tempo style of play.
The Lady Eagles will face the Jackson Iron Ladies on Monday, Dec. 9.