BROOKVILLE — The Eaton girls basketball team completed what head coach Dave Honhart called a “complete team victory” when they traveled to Brookville on Saturday, Jan. 23 and earned a 49-39 victory.
Senior Julia Titus led the Eagles with her 11th double of the season, registering 16 points and 13 rebounds. Senior Paige Whitesell chipped in 14 points including two threes, and sophomore Sydney Lamberson scored eight points to help earn a SWBL Southwestern Division road victory for Eaton.
The Eagles jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, holding the Blue Devils to just two points in the opening frame.
“We really did a really good job of playing stifling defense in the first half and keeping them off balance,” Honhart said of his team’s first half defense.
In the second quarter, the Eagles used a 12-4 run spanning three minutes of game time to extend the lead to double digits and led 25-13 at the half.
The home team, however, came back in the third quarter, trimming the visiting Eagles’ lead to 36-29.
In the fourth quarter, Brookville narrowed the gap to one possession with just over three minutes to play when Lamberson hit a pull-up jumper on the break to extend the lead back to five.
The Eagle defense came up with a big stop and Titus extended the lead to seven on the following Eagle possession.
Another defensive stop led to Whitesell’s second three of the game, and Eaton extended the lead again to double digits with the clock winding down, and the Eagles closed out the ten-point victory.
“Just about any time Brookville got momentum, which they did on several occasions in the second half, our players responded by making buckets and adjusting how we needed to defensively,” Honhart said of his team’s efforts in the second half.
Honhart also highlighted the defensive play of senior forward Brittany George, who helped hold Brookville’s leading scorer Jordann Gudorf to just two points. Gudorf was held without a made field goal in the contest, scoring both points from the free throw line.
Senior Madi Bowman recorded ten rebounds and Honhart commended the play of freshman Becca Mowen and sophomore Bailee Worley off the bench.
The win pushes the Eagles’ record to 10-8 and 5-5 in the SWBL Southwestern. Eaton hosts Edgewood on Thursday, Jan. 28 and travels to Valley View on Saturday, Jan. 30.
“They are playing really well without two of their top players,” Honhart said of Valley View, who defeated the Eagles at home earlier in the season.
He continued, “We’ll be looking to return the favor there and just like every other SWBL game this year that doesn’t involve Bellbrook, it will be a fifty-fifty game and will come down to who plays better that day.”
Reach Austin Schmidt at 937-683-4062 or on Twitter @aschmidt_RH.