NEW CARLISLE — Getting off plenty of shots was never a problem for Eaton’s girls’ basketball team this season.
Making a decent percentage of those shots was.
Eaton, which attempted the fourth most shots during the regular season in the 14-team Southwestern Buckeye League, got off plenty of shots during its first round Division II tournament game against No. 4 seed Kenton Ridge, but failed to match the Cougars’ proficiency and suffered a season-ending 78-31 loss at Tecumseh High School on Monday, Feb. 20.
Eaton, 10th in the SWBL in made shots, connected on just 13-of-62 attempts, while the Cougars made good on 33-of-62 shot attempts.
The Eagles end the season 6-17, losing their final seven games.
Sophomore Emily Dungan paced Eaton with nine points and four steals. Sophomore Anna Black chipped in with eight points and freshman Bailey Shepherd added five points and four rebounds. Freshman Ashley Early lead the Eagles with six rebounds and sophomore Becca Mowen added four.
The trio of 5 foot 10-inch Jamari McDavid (24 points, eight rebounds), 6-2 center Mikala Moris (20 points, 16 rebounds) and guard Desiree Jones (18 points, five rebounds and six assists) paced Kenton Ridge.
Eaton fell behind 5-0 and trailed just 7-4 midway through the first quarter, before the Cougars closed with a 9-2 run to take a 16-7 lead.
Eaton trimmed the lead to 21-15 midway through the second, as Black scored all eight of her points in a 2 1/2 minute span, forcing Kenton Ridge to call a time out.
From that point, it was all Kenton Ridge.
The Cougars closed the quarter with a 13-2 run to take a 34-17 halftime lead.
Kenton Ridge opened the second half by making five of its first seven shots and outscoring the Eagles 12-2 in the first three minutes to take a 46-19 lead. The two teams played even the rest of the third quarter with Eaton trailing 55-29 after three.
In the fourth, the Cougars made 10-of-14 shots and outscored Eaton 18-0 over the first five minutes of the quarter for a 73-29 lead.
The Eagles were just 1-of-20 from the field in the fourth quarter.
The game marked the end of the career of Eaton’s Megan Lipps. The 5-11 senior, the team’s second leading rebounder and tallest player, missed 10 games this season due to injury. She was averaging over six rebounds a game before her injury.
Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH