Eaton opens league play with a pair of wins

Eddie Mowen Jr.

December 10, 2013

After posting a pair of dominating wins last week to begin Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division play, Eaton has set up an early season showdown with league power Bellbrook.

The Lady Eagles cruised to a 57-34 win at Oakwood on Thursday, Dec. 5, before crushing Lemon-Monroe on Saturday, 78-16.

Eaton improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the SWBL. They will host Bellbrook Thursday in a battle of the two remaining unbeaten teams in the league.

Against Oakwood, the Lady Eagles fell behind 7-2 early, before closing out the quarter on a 15-5 run.

From there, the contest was hardly in doubt. Eaton forced the Jills into numersous second quarter turnovers as they built a 37-20 halftime lead. Eaton kept the pressure up in the third as they held Oakwood to a mere three points while extending the lead to 50-23.

Autumn Whirley led the way, scoring 20 points, dishing out three assists and collecting four steals. Libby Springmier scored 11 points, grabbed six rebounds, while handing out four assists and collecting four steals. Danielle Karns was the third player to score in double digits, scoring 10 points and hauling in eight rebounds.

Liz Tolliver lead the team in rebounds with nine, to go along with five points. Kasey Titkemeyer added seven points, three rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals.

For the game, Eaton had 18 assists on 21 made shots. They also collected 17 steals.

On Saturday, Eaton traveled to Monroe and saw 12 different players score as they cruised to the win. Eaton built leads of 21-4 after the first quarter and 44-9 at the half. They extened the lead to 66-13 after three.

Eaton forced the Hornets into 21 turnovers on the day and shot 50 percent from the field, making 30-of-60 shot attempts.

“I’m very proud of where we are right now,” Eaton coach Gary Peffly said.

Whirley led the way again, scoring 21 points, handing out five assists and collecting five steals. Tolliver scored 12 and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Springmier had 10 point and four rebounds. Katie Yoder added five points to go along with seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. Julia Titus chipped in with six points and five rebounds.

Eaton was scheduled to play National Trail on Monday, Dec. 9, but that game was canceled due to poor weather conditions. That game has been rescheduled for Jan. 2.

In addition to hosting Bellbrook, Eaton will entertain Franklin on Saturday.