SCIOTOVILLE – In their 70-43 win over the visiting Whiteoak Lady Wildcats this Saturday, the East Lady Tartans became the seventh Scioto County girls program to break the 70-point mark in a win during the ‘19-20 campaign.
The irony here – or lack thereof – is that East’s 27-point decision over Whiteoak also happens to be their first win of the season, one in which they scored more-than five-times the amount of points scored in their loss to No. 5 Notre Dame just two days prior.
24-field goals – eight from behind the three-point line – accompanied with a 14-for-22 shooting performance from the free throw line helped total the 70 points scored for the Lady Tartans in their first triumph.
Saturday’s win also happens to be a matter of revenge for the Lady Tartans after suffering a 27-24 loss to the Lady Wildcats in Mowrystown on January 4th.
With coach Matt Miller’s first official as win as head of the East girls program, the Lady Tartans improve to 1-17 with five games remaining in their regular season schedule.
“I thought my girls were great today,” Miller said after the win. “We talked before the game that we knew we gave one away when we played up there. This is how I feel like we had the potential to play all year, today it finally clicked. The effort, the shooting, the unselfishness, everything was really great to see.”
Junior guard Kacie Conley, whose previous season-high was 13 points, set a new mark in scoring this year with a game-high 24 points. Junior guard Grace Smith scored 19 points in the win, tied-for her highest total in scoring this season. Smith also scored 19 versus Symmes Valley last Thursday. Prior to that, the Lady Tartans’ first team SOC I guard had scored in double-digits in three other games.
In total, nine East players made their way into the scoring column in Friday’s win. Betty Osborne scored 11 points on four-made field goals, Peyton Johnson scored five, Mia Caldwell scored four, Shayla Rosenogle scored three, Brooklyn Price scored two, and Felicia Smith and Sydnee O’Connor scored one apiece.
“Kacie and Grace were definitely aggressive today,” Miller said. “Kacie ends up hitting four threes, but just as important, she took the ball to the basket. Grace attacking the basket, got to the free throw line. Our post players were a little off today, but both of them still played hard. All eleven of our kids got into the game, all eleven of them played hard. Really, really proud of them.”
East will take a short-break from game action before travelling to Northwest to face the Lady Mohawks (16-2) on Wednesday in non-league play and on Thursday to Western to face the Lady Indians in SOC I play.
“I think we just have to build off of this and know what we’re capable of,” Miller said. “We’ve been trying to tell them all year what they’re capable of, today we saw a glimpse of it.”
Whiteoak 8 10 16 9 – 43
East 14 10 21 25 – 70
Brie Walker 3 1-1 7, Jacky Hudson 0 0-0 0, Kara Wardd 2 2-4 7, Ann Ames 0 1-4 1, Brooke Campbell 1 0-2 2, Kayla Jones 2 0-4 4, Hannah Price 0 0-0 0, Emmy Hawhkins 1 1-4 3 Liz Edwards 0 1-2 1, Cylee Bratton 6 5-8 18; TOTALS: 15 11-29 43; Three-point field goals: 2
East 70 (1-17, 0-12 SOC I)
Peyton Johnson 2 0-0 5, Shayla Rosenogle 1 1-1 3, Betty Osborne 4 0-0 11, Journey Pelfrey 0 0-0 0, Felicia Smith 0 1-1 1, Alexis King 0 0-0 0, Brooklyn Price 1 0-0 2, Sydnee O’Connor 0 1-2 1, Grace Smith 5 9-15 19, Kacie Conley 10 0-0 24, Mia Caldwell 1 2-3 4; TOTALS: 24 14-22 70; Three-point field goals: 8 (Conley 4, Osborne 3, Johnson 1 apiece)
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