A strong first half propelled the Eldorado High School girls' basketball team to a 45-34 Black Diamond Conference victory over Carmi-White County Wednesday night at Duff-Kingston Gymnasium.
The Eagles (9-3, 2-1) were led in scoring by Kourtney Phillips' 18 points.
Jacqlyn Artman added eight points, while Paige Zertuche scored seven points. Taylor Goodley, Erica Graczyk and Abby Steed all finished with four points.
It was the first game for the Eagles since mid-December and head coach Josh Bradley liked the hot start for his squad.
"We played really well in the first half," Bradley said as Eldorado took a 27-7 lead into the locker room. "Our offensive spacing wasn't bad and defensively we communicated pretty good early.
"I felt like we got satisfied in the fourth, making a few substitutions here and there and let Carmi back in it a bit. We have to find a killer instinct badly. We could be a pretty good team, but that will hold us back against good teams. Right now we just get satisfied with a big lead and instead of being excited to put someone away and not letting them hang around."
Eldorado opened the game with a 17-3 lead and outscored the Bulldogs 10-4 in the second quarter. After taking a 37-12 into the third quarter, Eldorado was outscored 22-8 in the game's final eight minutes.
The Eagles return to the hardwood Thursday (tonight) at West Frankfort and will host Vienna Monday, before a re-match against at Carmi-White County next Thursday.