The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Girls Basketball: Good Till The End

  • Eldorado holds off late rally by Hamilton County; grabs top spot in BDC race
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  • The Eldorado Eagle girls' basketball team shot lights out in the first half, helping them knock off Black Diamond Conference rival Hamilton County 45-42 Thursday night on the road.
    "We got out to a really fast start, attacking Hamilton County and getting them into some foul trouble," head coach Josh Bradley said. "We did what we talked about before the game, made them play on their heels and be cause of that, we got some pretty good looks and knocked them down."
    Eldorado jumped out to a 21-15 first quarter lead and held the Foxes to just three points in the second quarter as they took a 32-18 lead into the locker room.
    It was a reversal of fortunate so to speak for EHS in the second half as Bradley girls gave up the lead, but as he said, "didn't panic and we held our composure."
    Hamilton County outscored EHS 15-5 in the third quarter and trailed 37-33 going into the game's final eight minutes.
    Eldorado gave up the lead with 1:30 to go in the game, but the Eagles were recipients of defensive stops and rebounds.
    Taylor Goodley made a free throw with 45 seconds to go to put EHS up by one and Erica Graczyk knocked down two clutch free throws with seven seconds left to give Eldorado the three-point win.
    Ashton Unthank led all scorers with 13 points, while Kourtney Phillips tacked on 10 in the win.
    Graczyk added eight points with seven rebounds, while Jacquelyn Artman, seeing her first big varsity minutes Thursday after Cassidy Morris was missing from the lineup due to an injury Wednesday at practice, scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds.
    "We always talk about next girl up and she did a really nice job for us tonight in a very tough spot for a freshman to be in, when your playing a big conference rival," Bradley said.
    Paige Zertuche and Goodley each finished with four points.
    In the junior varsity contest, Eldorado won 38-10 with Riley Duckworth scoring a team-high 12 points.
    Caitlyn Stafford scored 10 points, while Dresdyn Bramlett scored six and Brooklyn Peavler finished with four points.
    Abby Steed, Lacy Jo Bradley and Artman all scored two points.
    The JV team got really nice games from Stafford, Duckworth and Bramlett tonight," Bradley said. "They came out and were very aggressive on defense and did what they needed to do to stay unbeaten on the young season."
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