The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Girls Basketball: Eagles cutting through Diamond

  • EHS stays perfect in Black Diamond Conference race after win over Fairfield
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  • The Eldorado High School girls' basketball team had very little problems putting away Fairfield Monday night, winning 51-27 to improve to 2-0 in Black Diamond Conference play and stand at 6-2 on the season.
    Kourtney Phillips led the Eagles with 15 points and five rebounds, while Ashton Unthank had 10 points to also finish in double figures.
    Taylor Goodley tossed in seven points and pulled down six rebounds, while Paige Zertuche and Erica Graczyk each had four points. Graczyk led the Eagles with a team-high 10 boards.
    Abby Steed finished with four points, while Jacquelyn Artman, Caitlyn Stafford and Brooklyn Peavler all had two points. Riley Duckworth tossed in a free throw.
    "I thought tonight right from the start we were very aggressive on offense, but not so much on the defensive side of the ball," head coach Josh Bradley said. "We didn't do a good enough job in the second quarter switching the screens on offense and we picked up some cheap fouls."
    As a result Fairfield got nine of their 15 points in the first half were from the free throw line.
    "The third quarter we really picked our defense up and were really able to blow the game open. Overall it was a very good team effort, I thought everyone played hard and did there job tonight."
    The junior varsity club won 35-20, where Stafford led the way with eight points.
    Steed scored six points, while Peavler finished with five and Lacy Jo Bradley scored four points, as did Duckworth. Dresdyn Bramlett had two points.
    On Saturday, the Eagles lost a close contest on the road, falling to Herrin 49-46.
    Phillips once again led all scorers with 15 points, including five rebounds and five steals, while Unthank tossed in 12 and Goodley put in 10 points.
    Zertuche scored five points, while Graczyk and Steed each had two points.
    Herrin jumped out to a 21-13 lead after one quarter of play, but Eldorado was able to settle in, out scoring Herrin in the second and third quarters.
    "Their size and strength really bothered at first," Bradley said. "Once we settled down, we got in to a pretty good rhythm offensively in the first half."
    Party of that rhythm Bradley explained was the fact that Phillips, Unthank and Goodley all knocked down outside shots and did a good job of attacking the Herrin defense.
    "In the second half, Herrin came out and held the ball, they were hoping we would come out of our zone. We did a really good job of staying disciplined and forced them into a few turnovers. We battled hard all night long, the kids gave everything they had and end the end it was just a little short. I couldn't of been prouder of there effort, Herrin is a good ball club, and they outsized us by a couple of inches at each spot."
    Page 2 of 2 - The Eldorado JV club won 46-17, where Steed scored a team-high 12 points and Bradley added 11 points.
    Duckworth tossed in seven points, while Artman chipped in with six. Bramlett and Peavler each finished with four points and Stafford scored two points.
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