Eastern Week In Review: Dec. 23-29

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After a week without playing a game, the Eastern Lady Eagles (8-0) remain undefeated in the 2013-2014 season with a 70-53 home victory on Dec. 28 over Bishop Rosecrans.

While the Lady Eagles played only once between Dec. 23-28, the men’s team had a much needed week off with no games as they remain winless through their first seven games.

To start the season, the Lady Eagles are unbeaten through eight games this year and are outscoring opponents by an astounding 625-194. Eastern also has six games in which they have won by 50 or more points.

The Lady Eagles were well aware of the caliber of their opponent prior to the game, as the Bishops made it to the regional finals last year.

“They [Rosecrans] have a very good post player. Just about every player on their team can shoot the ball well,” said head coach John Burdette. “We just need to stay mentally prepared for this game and if we can do that we’ll be in good shape. We’ve focused on defense in practice this week just like any other week and we’ll need to step up defensively to get the win.”

Although the girls gave up 53 points, the most they have all season, the Eagles were able to control the pace of the game from beginning to end.

“We jumped out to an early 10-0 lead and just kept that for most of the game. They [Rosecrans] cut it to six in the second [quarter] but that was about as close as it got,” said Burdette.

Jenna Burdette led the team with 25 points, as the Eagles did not trail once in the entire game. The battle against Bishop Rosecrans marks Eastern’s second win over a non-conference opponent this season.

“We have an older, experienced team so we have that going for us in these types of games against teams that aren’t in our conference,” said Burdette.

The Lady Eagles have an eight-game break before taking on TVC Hocking foe Southern for the first time this season on Jan. 6.

The men’s team is seeking their first win as they return to action at home on Jan. 3 to square off against Federal Hocking.