EATON — The Eaton girls’ basketball team lost its first game since early December when it fell to a talented Tecumseh squad, 81-55, on Wednesday, Dec. 30.
The Eagles had fallen to Talawanda Wednesday, Dec. 9 before ripping off five straight wins, including a 54-37 road win over St. Henry on Monday Dec. 28, before falling to Tecumseh to end 2015.
The Eagles used a strong second quarter to defeat St. Henry as Julia Titus provided the Eagles with yet another double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 15 rebounds including 10 offensive rebounds.
The teams were close after the first quarter, with the Eagles securing a two-point lead after the opening frame.
Eaton then took control of the game in the second quarter by extending the lead to double figures at 31 to 20.
The Eagles extended the lead to 42-25 before the entering the final frame of action.
The teams played even in the fourth and Eaton secured its fifth win in as many tries.
The Eagles were 7-9 from the free throw line in the ball game.
Paige Whitesell struggled from the floor, shooting just 4-17 but led the Eagles with seven assists on only two turnovers. She scored 13 points.
Brittany George was the only other Eagle in double figures as she scored 11. Bailey Worley led the substitutes with six points.
The Eagles then faced a talented Tecumseh squad which was coming off its only loss of the season before facing the hosting Eagle squad.
The game was out of reach early for the home team, as Tecumseh raced out to a 33-7 lead after the first quarter.
Eaton was unable to trim into the large the first quarter lead and the Eagles found themselves trailing 49-17 entering the break at halftime.
The second half was a formality for the two teams, but Eaton was able to cut a small portion of the lead before the final buzzer sounded. The final score was 81-55.
Titus was able to notch yet another double digit scoring and rebounding effort, scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Whitesell added 13 points and Sydney Lamberson scored 12 points. Madi Bowman added eight.
As a team, the Eagles turned the ball over 31 times in the game but managed to shoot 41 percent as a whole.
The Eagles return to action on Thursday, Jan. 7, when they travel to Bellbrook who remains undefeated at 9-0. The Eagles are 3-2 in the SWBL Southwestern and sit in second place behind 5-0 Bellbrook, who defeated Eaton earlier in the year by a score of 43-19.
The Eagles then host Valley View on Saturday, Jan. 9.
Reach Austin Schmidt at 937-683-4062 or on Twitter @aschmidt_RH.