It was the perfect way to cap off a special regular season.
Eaton used its trademark defense to suffocate Lemon-Monroe in the final Southwestern Buckeye League game of the year in cruising to a 68-20 win on Thursday, Feb. 6.
The win capped a perfect season in the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division for the Eagles, who won the program’s first-ever league title this season.
It’s been a goal for the three seniors since they were the fourth grade.
“It’s amazing. We’ve all been working hard for that banner. It’s awesome to be part of history,” senior Michelle McKinney said, who had three points, five assists and three steals.
“It’s been really great. We’ve been doing this since fourth grade and it’s just been our dream since then. We fulfilled it now. It feels really awesome. I don’t know what else to say. He’ll let us celebrate this one,” senior Kasey Titkemeyer, who had three points, two assists and a pair of steals, said.
“It feels so good because we’ve been working for this since we were in the fourth grade. We always wanted to get a banner for the school. We always wanted to be the first team to do it. It feels great to do it at home. We usually don’t get to celebrate but I think he’ll let us celebrate, maybe,” said senior Katie Yoder, who scored four points, grabbed four rebounds and had two steals in her final home game.”
Finishing unbeaten in league play was the ultimate way to finish the season.
“That feels really good. To run the table in this league is something special. I think we have something here special and I think it’s going to get better,” Peffly said. “As far as winning a title it never gets old. I’ve had the pleasure of being in a few of them it just gets nicer each one. To win the last game for the seniors here that’s just awesome. I’m very happy for them. That’s something they’re going to remember for the rest of their life.”
It was the defense which was key to the win.
“This game was all about relentless defensive pressure and the last home game for our three seniors (Katie Yoder, Kasey Titkemeyer and Michelle McKinney). We also accomplished one of our main goals of being undefeated in Southwestern Buckeye League play. We feel it’s a great accomplishment to not only win the title but do it undefeated,” Eaton coach Gary Peffly said. “It took hard work, focus and taking it one game at a time. The last home game festivities were awesome and we would like to thank the parents and fans (especially the student body) for their support.”
Eaton limited Monroe to just two points in the first and fourth quarters each as they left little doubt of the final outcome.
The Eagles led 16-2 after the first quarter and 34-7 at the half and the lead kept growing from there.
Junior Autumn Whirley, who scored her 1,000th career-point in Monday’s win over Edgewood, led the way with 14 points and handed out five assist. She also had three steals.
Kristi Floyd scored a career-high 10 points coming off the bench. Liz Tolliver, Danielle Karns and Julia Titus each scored eight points.
“We’re tickled to death (to win the league). A lot of people don’t understand we have a lot ofgoals and this is just one of them,” Peffly said. “We have celebrated. We’ve realized what we are doing right now has to help us for next Wednesday (Feb. 12). We used the last few games as a guideline to where we’re going. They like being the first team. Hopefully this will set goals for teams to come.”
Eaton (17-4, 12-0 SWBL) was scheduled to close out the regular season at National Trail on Monday, Feb. 10, and tournament play is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Tecumseh at 6 p.m., against Ben Logan.