Waterford Handles Lady Eagles

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The top two teams for the TVC-Hocking battled again on Monday night. Waterford defeated Eastern by 18 in December, but with senior night motivation, the Wildcats came away with a bigger 54-29 win.

Eastern came out determined to begin the game and keep Waterford from scoring for the first three minutes. Unfortunately for Eastern, poor shooting meant no points for the Eagles either—a trend that would continue throughout the game.

The Eagles only shot 21 percent from the field for the game.  Laura Pullins notched 11 points, but seven of those points came from free throws. No player for Eastern made more than two shots from the field.

Waterford led Eastern going into halftime with a 31-20 lead. The Wildcats limited Eastern chances due to Alli Kern’s seven rebounds in the half. Kern had 12 total and the four added steals prove she was a defensive force.

Waterford also won with work down low in the paint. Kern and Regan Porter combined for 26 points and 16 rebounds.

The Wildcats ran away in the second half, outscoring the Eagles 23-9. The dominating second half led to Waterford working in bench players. With just a few minutes left in the game, the Waterford seniors, who were all in at that time, had a “passing of the torch” and went on the bench for other players.

Waterford (18-1) has three games left before the postseason. The Wildcats host Miller on Feb. 3. Eastern (14-6) remains in second place despite the loss. The Eagles have one more regular season game remaining against Trimble on Feb. 4.