Giant First Half Run Keeps Eastern Unbeaten

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David Michael

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Updated Fri, Jan 24, 2014 2:34 am
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The Eastern Lady Eagles remain undefeated after soaring above the Miller Lady Falcons and picking up win number 15 of the season, 87-9.  This marks their seventh win by a margin of more than 60 points.

Eastern’s consistency and uniformity is down to a tee, even in the way they’re dressed. The team looked professional with their matching neon blue shoes and knee braces. Players placed perfect passes to one another in a controlled, organized manner, lining up accurate shots from all angles of the court.

“We talked about trying to hit the ball in different places, and hitting other gaps that maybe we normally wouldn’t see,” Eastern head coach John Burdette said.

The girls started off the game slow, struggling at a stalemate trailing Miller 4-3. With 5:38 left in the first quarter, senior guard Jordan Parker turned the entire game around with three back-to-back steals and buckets. The Eagles then took off, as they finished the half with 57 unanswered points.

From there the Eagles glided to victory. Parker led the team with a game-high 24 points and five steals. The entire bench was able to see some action on the court. Freshman guard Laura Pullins shot 75 percent from the field and had seven assists.

Everyone from Eastern got a chance to partake in the game, including the crowd. For a Thursday night, the bleachers were surprisingly full, and the fans stayed until the end, despite the game being so one-sided.

“This year the crowd’s been pretty full on our side of the gym,” Burdette said. “It gets the girls happy, and make us a little more used to it for when we get to the end of the tournament.”

For the Eagles, only five practices and eight games remain in the regular season. The Eagles battle their golden counterpart at Belpre on Saturday.

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