Eastern’s Slow Start Brings Season to End

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Eastern got off to a slow start – an uncommon theme for this team. Garrett Barringer scored all four points for Eastern in the first quarter. After only scoring one basket from the field in the first quarter, they didn’t shoot much better in the second quarter.

Eastern’s offense was fluid. The Eagles moved the ball well, and even had more shot attempts than South Webster. However, despite creating good shot opportunities all night, in the first half they just couldn’t convert shot attempts to points.

Eastern would fall 63-50.

“Shooting-wise, we just didn’t quite have our legs under us and we were rushing a little bit,” coach David Kight said.

South Webster on the other hand was enjoying a lot of success from the outside. Jacob Ruth and Tanner Voiers scored the first 12 points of the game for South Webster from the 3-point line.

By the time Eastern started to make their shots with some consistency, they were already going into the second half with a 15-point deficit.

“We just needed to get some shots to fall, and it kind of just started up a little too late for us,” Kight said.

Although Eastern gained some momentum in the second half with a full team effort, Eastern never got the edge in this game. They were out rebounded, out scored and out hustled.

“Rebounding has kind of been our achilles heel all year,” Kight said.

With the Eagles falling out of the tournament, Kight said he will start planning for next season next month, but for right now he just wants to have quality time with his team and give the seniors a proper send off.

“For right now, we are going to enjoy the accomplishments that they had this year, the things that they did, how much better we got throughout the year, and we are going to make it about the six seniors for the next month,” coach Kight said.