Eastern Fouls Lead to Southern Victory

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The Eastern Lady Eagles turned the ball over 16 times and had 25 fouls, which led to a 60-45 win for the Southern Tornadoes.

“We foul a lot. We have to learn how to play defense without fouling,” said coach John Burdette.

Southern started the game on an 11-0 run and didn’t look back from there, as the Lady Tornadoes led the entire game.

On defense, the Lady Tornadoes did their best to force the ball out of Pullins and Madison Williams’ hands and into the hands of the other Lady Eagles. The two combined for only 11 points on 5 of 27 shooting. Williams fouled out with 7:20 left in the fourth quarter.

Pullins had two early fouls, but Burdette kept her in the game. The entire Lady Eagles team had 10 fouls leading to the Southern being in the double bonus before the first quarter ended.

“Southern did a good job on defense and in their game plan, but we weren’t trying to execute anything,” stated coach Burdette.

Two Lady Eagles did step up however, Jess Parker had 11 points and Becca Pullins had 13. Those were the only Lady Eagles that scored in double digits.

In the third quarter, Eastern made a run, outscoring Southern 16-5, cutting its deficit to 11-points at its closets. However, Southern ended any runs that Eastern went on and executed its game plan. The Lady Tornadoes held Eastern to 23.4% shooting on the night.

Offensively, Southern handled Eastern’s press defense and trapping. Faith Teaford finished the game with 21 points and five rebounds and Ali Deem had 14-points. But overall, it was a team game for the Lady Tornadoes. No other player had double digit scoring, and they had 14-assist in the game.

Eastern (1-1) looks to rebound from a loss as the Lady Eagles head to Miller on Dec. 7. Whereas, the Lady Tornadoes (3-1) look to keep things rolling as they play at South Gallia also on Dec. 7.