A pair of guards did all the damage.
Eaton couldn’t slow down Richmond’s Mackenzie Taylor or Destiny Perkins, and it cost them.
The Eagles allowed the Red Devil duo to score 49 points as they suffered only their second loss of the season, 59-47.
“They were the better team. Period.” Eaton coach Gary Peffly said. “The two guards had great games. We couldn’t contain them. Those two players are great players. That’s who won the game. I can’t say enough good things about them.”
Eaton, which shot just over 31 percent for the game, struggled to offensively the entire game. In the first half, Eaton made just six-of-24 shots as they fell behind 28-18 at the break.
The Eagles’ largest deficit was 13 points early in the third quarter. They trimmed the lead to six (37-31) late in the third, but got no closer the rest of the game.
“I thought that we missed too many easy shots. We lost confidence,” Peffly said. “I wasn’t happy with our aggressiveness. We haven’t found our flow yet offensively. Sometimes we look like we have it then we lose it. They deserved to win the game. They played harder and made sure they found Taylor and Perkins when they needed to.”
The loss drops the Eagles to 8-2 on the season, but Peffly remains optimistic about his teams chances to win a league title.
“It’s a non-conference game. We want to win them all but this still doesn’t hurt us in league play,” he said. “We’ve still got a good team.”
Eaton is scheduled to return to action Thursday, Jan. 2, at National Trail.