Updated Fri, Jan 17, 2014 12:47 am
The Eastern Lady Eagles pick up their eleventh win of the season and remain undefeated as they took down the Trimble Tomcats, 71-21. The Eagles were led by senior guard Jordan Parker’s game-high 18 points and seven rebounds as they routed the Tomcats for the second time this season.
After crushing the Tomcats 89-7 back on Dec. 5, Eastern showed its dominance once again on the road. With the victory, the unbeaten Lady Eagles gain their seventh win of 50 or more points and have outscored Trimble 160-28 this season.
Jordan Parker shot 67 percent from behind the arc and also swiped 4 steals while senior center Erin Swartzel picked up a game-high ten rebounds with 80 percent shooting from the field.
After jumping out to a 39-6 lead at halftime, the Eagles bench players picked up solid minutes, including freshman Alia Hayes who finished with 12 points, all from 3-point range.
“I told Alia before the season that she needed to forget about being a post player and focus on ball handling and shooting,” said Eastern head coach John Burdette. “She needed to get some more confidence and tonight was really her breakout game. After this game I think she gained that confidence and as a freshman that’s huge.”
Although the Lady Eagles cruised past Trimble from beginning to end, they struggled from the foul line making only 9 of their 20 shots from the charity stripe. Eastern also turned the ball over an uncharacteristic 15 times and will need to improve in both categories before its game on Saturday against tough, non-conference foe Olentangy Liberty.
The contest with the Patriots on Saturday Jan. 18 marks Eastern’s third game against a non-conference opponent in the 2013-14 season.