DAYTON — Eaton’s girls’ basketball team couldn’t overcome a hot-shooting Oakwood squad, who made 8-of-13 shots from beyond the 3-point arc in the first quarter, to put the Eagles in a 16-point hole they were never able to dig out of.
Down 26-10 after the first eight minutes, Eaton rallied to get as close as five early in the fourth quarter, but ultimately came up short against the host Jills, falling 62-51, on Thursday, Jan. 10, in a Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division game.
Eaton led 7-6 with just under five minutes left in the first quarter before the Jills got hot, making four straight 3’s and five of six, to close out the quarter on a 20-3 run.
While Oakwood was torching the nets, the Eagles struggled making just 4-of-11 shots and committing six turnovers.
In the second quarter, Eaton sophomore Lexi Miller scored 11 of her team-high 14 points to help the Eagles trim their deficit to 38-25.
In the third, Eaton held Oakwood to just 2-of-13 shooting as it pulled closer.
The Eagles trailed just 44-39 after three and had the ball to begin the fourth quarter.
Oakwood, though, opened the fourth on a 10-2 run, as Eaton missed its first four shots of the quarter, to extended its lead to 54-41 with 5:10 to play. Eaton never got closer than nine the rest of they way. The Eagles were 1-for-11 to begin the quarter and just 5-of-22 from the field in the final eight minutes.
In addition to her 14 points, Miller also had six rebounds.
Senior Emily Dungan had 10 points, on 4-of-7 shooting, grabbed three rebounds and had three steals.
Junior Bailey Shepherd tossed in nine points and had three rebounds.
Freshman Allison Mowen scored six, all in the first quarter, and had four rebounds, three steals and two steals.
Senior Annika Gels chipped in five points and led the team with seven rebounds. She also added two steals and had a pair of assists.
Senior Becca Mowen contributed five points to go along with four rebounds and three assists.
Junior Ashley Earley had three rebounds and two assists.
As a team, Eaton was 19-of-60 from the field, including 10-of-35 from 3-point range.
Oakwood finished 20-of-52. The Jills were 12-of-30 from 3-point range and made 10-of-14 free throws.
Eaton (6-8, 2-6 SWBL) had its three-game winning streak snapped with the loss.
The Eagles game against Monroe, which was scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 12, was postponed until Feb. 11.
Eaton is scheduled to host Bellbrook on Saturday, Jan. 19, for its only game of the week. Tip time for the junior varsity game is set for noon.
Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH