Eastern Lady Eagles Eases Through Miller Lady Falcons

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In today’s match-up between the Lady Eagles of Eastern and the Lady Falcons of Miller, Eastern took care of business in their first postseason game as they won by a score of 65-36. Headed into today’s game, both teams were filled with high emotion, excitement and anticipation of getting their post-seasons underway.

As the first quarter began, each team got off to a slow start as both teams’ defenses forced a multitude of turnovers as Eastern lost five and Miller lost nine by the end of the first quarter. The first quarter would end on a low scoring affair with Eastern slightly edging out Miller with a score of 13-9.

When the second quarter began, each team seemed to calm down on the offensive side of the ball. For the Lady Eagles, it was the play of Laura Pullins hitting from inside and on the perimeter and for the Lady Falcons it was Ashely Spencer hitting three 3-point bombs from downtown. While the half came to a close both teams had seemed to have found their own rhythms, but emotion was at an all-time high as a highly fought for a loose ball turned into a little scuffle between Eastern’s Jess Parker and Miller’s Chloe Rine.

After each team had a chance to go over game plans and came out for the second half, everyone in the stands was expecting a hard fought, tough defensive battle similar to that of the first. However, Eastern had different plans as they displayed in the second half why they were picked as one of the favorites to make a deep run this postseason. Eastern in the third quarter would come out firing on all cylinders as everyone clicked on offense with efficient ball movement and scoring. On the defensive side of the ball the Lady Eagles went into instant lock-down as Miller scorers Ashley Spencer and Olivia Houk were held without a second half basket. The third quarter was definitely the turning point of the game as Eastern won the third by a margin of 15-6 and jumped out to an 18 point lead.

In the fourth the Lady Eagles would keep their momentum to close out the game and seal their first postseason victory by a score 65-36. Eastern’s second half defense was the main key to their success as they would force a total of 31 turnovers and only allow a grand total of 10 second half points.

As the tournament continues make sure to keep an eye on the Lady Eagles’ run as they take on the winner of the match-up between Glenwood and Paint Valley.