EATON — Eaton’s girls basketball team bounced back from a trio of losses under adverse circumstances to take a 48-29 win over Brookville on Saturday, Jan. 21.
The Lady Eagles have battled through injuries and emotions the past two weeks, but stepped it up on the court against the Blue Devils, according to Eaton coach Dave Honhart.
The game at Eaton High School was a “Pink Game” with both teams working together to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. Both teams have players who have parents that have battled breast cancer this season. More than $2,000 was raised to donate the the Pink Ribbon Girls organization.
Eaton jumped out to an early 15-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. They took total control of the game in the second period, holding Brookville to just two points. The Eagles went into the locker room at the half up 31-8.
Brookville cut into the lead in the third period, but Eaton stayed in control and earned the win.
Sophomore Ashlynn Black led a balanced attack, scoring 12 points to go with seven rebounds. Junior Bailee Worley had 10 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Anna Black led the team with 10 rebounds and sophomore Emily Dungan led in assists with four.
“I was really proud of our team (on Saturday),” Honhart said. “The first half was the best 16 minutes we’ve played this year and it started with great pressure defense, strong team play and good shot selection.
“We also knew we were playing for something more than just a game and our players delivered with a strong performance.
“With regards to the Pink Game, our basketball parents did an amazing job of putting it together and raising funds over the last couple weeks. The community support has been incredible.”
On Thursday Eaton lost to Valley View 63-35.
“We hung with them early, but they were able to build an insurmountable lead with a strong run midway through the second quarter. Valley View played very well and frustrated us into poor shot selection and a lack of discipline on the defensive boards.”
Hunter Stidham and Kara Velte each had 19 points for Valley View.
Freshman Bailey Shepherd and Anna Black led Eaton in scoring with seven each, while freshman Ashley Early and sophomore Annika Gels had six rebounds each for the Eagles. Bailee Worley totaled five assists and five steals.
Eaton will travel to Edgewood on Thursday, Jan. 26, to take on a Cougars team that in enjoying a outstanding season thus far. Edgewood was 14-1 at the end of last week, 6-0 in the Southwestern Ohio Conference. Eaton will stay on the road on Saturday against Valley View.
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