It took a little time, but in the end fans of the Harrisburg and Eldorado girls' basketball team got just what they wanted in the form of a win as the Eagles took out West Frankfort 43-18 and the Bulldogs knocked off Carmi-White County 55-34 in the nightcap of the 27th Annual Harrisburg Invitational Monday night at Davenport Gymnasium.
Both clubs were slow to the start, but Eldorado got the better end of West Frankfort, limiting them to no points in the first quarter as the Eagles built an 11-0 lead.
Harrisburg also had their problems pulling out of the gate as they found themselves tied with CWC 6-6.
But both clubs used a strong second half effort in putting away the opposition.
Eldorado used a 13-4 run to start the third period, while Harrisburg's transition game was off and running.
Eldorado is now 1-1 on the season, while Harrisburg improves to 2-0.
For EHS head coach Josh Bradley, there was one thing he stressed to his club and for him, he's happy that they listened.
"The one thing we stressed after the Goreville game was limiting a team to one shot, which I thought even though we didn't shoot the ball very well at the start and the offense was sluggish, we were able to shut them down by limiting them to one shot."
Harrisburg head coach Jake Stewart echoed some of Bradley's sentiments in regards to his clubs' struggles in the first half, adding that he felt lucky his team was up by four at halftime.
"I thought we came out and were very complacent," Stewart said. "I felt like we let Carmi-White County dictate what they wanted to do and how they wanted to do it. Once we got our transition game going in the second half, I think that loosened us up a little bit."
In the Eldorado game, Ashton Unthank led the Eagles for the second game in row with 18 points.
Bradley said Unthank is Eldorado's most consistent player and as a senior, shows a lot of leadership qualities.
"She's a senior, she wants the basketball and with the offense we run, she's really took the role on of being a penetrator and attacker. She has a strong upper body and if we're going to win basketball games, she's going to have to do what she's been doing the past two games."
Erica Graczyk added eight points for EHS, while Taylor Goodley and Kourtney Phillips each chipped in with six. Paige Zertuche put in three points and Cassidy Morris tacked on two.
Rebecca Cunningham scored a team-high five points for West Frankfort.
Page 2 of 2 - For the Bulldogs, they were led by 17 points from Ashley Ferrell and another 10 points from Shelby Boer.
Getting that kind of production from a guard and forward are what Stewart believes is going to make his club more balanced.
"Ashely's 3-pointer to start the third quarter really propelled the offense," Stewart said. "It really was business as usual for those two girls. I know Lindsey Murray may have had what she considers an off night, but she does so many other things, rebounding, hustling, getting steals and assists that might go unnoticed in the score book, but really does help us out so much."
Murray finished with five points, while Hanna Jones just missed out on a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds. Whitney Younger came off the bench to score six points, while Devan Jones finished with five and Kelsey Hobbs had three points.
Emma Bachman and Sydney Clark, a pair of seniors, helped pace the Carmi-White County offense with 13 and 12 points respectively.
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