EATON —The Eaton Eagles ended a four game losing streak with a 47-40 home win over Oakwood on Saturday, Jan. 16.
Head coach Dave Honhart called the game the most complete team victory of the season for the Eagles who assisted on eight of the teams 13 made field goals.
In total six Eagles scored in the contest with Sydney Lamberson and Julia Titus each scoring a game high 16 points.
The Eagles jumped out to an early 12-7 lead in the first quarter as Lamberson scored five points and Titus scored four to help propel the Eagles to an early lead.
In the second quarter both offenses went silent as each team scored two points in the quarter.
In the second half Oakwood closed in on the Eagles cutting the lead to two points entering the final frame.
For Eaton, Titus scored all six points from the field in the quarter as Lamberson and Bowman each added free throws.
In the fourth quarter the Eagles shot 21 free throws as Oakwood attempted to extend the game by fouling the Eagles down the stretch.
As a team Eaton shot 18-30 from the free throw line including 7-12 for Lamberson and Madi Bowman and Emily Dungan each going 2-2.
Titus led the Eagles in rebounding with 11 and she along with Brittany George and Paige Whitesell each added two assists.
Honhart spoke about the play of Lamberson who found herself filling in for Whitesell who was forced to miss part of the game due to injury, “She’s a good shooter whose struggles a bit lately but she came up big and shot the ball in rhythm and did a nice job leading the team when Paige was out.”
On Thursday, Jan. 14 Eaton had its longest losing streak of the season extended before the team’s victory over Oakwood when Monroe defeated the Eagles at home by a score of 46-42.
The Eagles led after the first three quarters of play but sent Monroe to the free throw line 22 times in the second half including 12 times in the fourth quarter as the lead slipped away.
The teams battled each other close throughout the game and entered the halftime break tied at 15.
The two teams exploded on offense in the third quarter as the Eagles were led by 10 points by George in the quarter including two threes. Titus and Dungan were the only other Eagles to score field goals in the quarter.
Monroe however responded by scoring 16 points in the quarter.
The Eagles went cold in the fourth as Titus was the only Eaton player to score from the field in the quarter and Monroe slowly pulled away by making 9-12 free throws in the quarter.
“Down the stretch they just executed a little better than we did,” Honhart said.
Afterwards Honhart was happy with his teams efforts, “In both games we played extremely hard, our effort this week was really, really impressive. I’m really proud of the girl’s effort.”
Bowman and Titus each grabbed nine rebounds, as Titus scored 17, George 13 and Dungan five as the only Eagles with more than two points.
The Eagles are now 9-8 on the season and 4-5 in the SWBL Southwestern League. They travel to Brookville on Saturday, Jan. 23.
Reach Austin Schmidt at 937-683-4062 or on Twitter @aschmidt_RH.