Daily Reporter staff reports

STRAUGHN — The Eastern Hancock boys basketball team jumped out to an early 10-point lead and never let up, defeating host Tri 63-46 on Thursday night.

The win improved the Royals’ season record to 12-4 and marked the program’s fourth victory in five games.

Senior guard Addison True led Eastern Hancock with a game-high 28 points, shooting 10-of-13 from the field and 7-for-8 from the foul line. True hauled in nine rebounds and dished out seven assists.

The Royals built a 15-5 lead after the first quarter and entered halftime ahead 24-15. A 39-point second half kept Eastern Hancock comfortably in control as the Royals had three players in double figures.

Tyler Castle and A.J. Muegge both finished with 11 points for the Royals. Muegge was 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. Castle was 2-for-2 from the foul line and had four assists. Jacob Eischen had a team-high 11 rebounds.

The Royals return to the court at home today when they host Mid-Eastern Conference foe Cowan at 1:30 p.m.

Girls swimming

Cougars thrive in meet

The Greenfield-Central girls swimming team opened the postseason with a strong showing during the New Palestine Sectional preliminaries Thursday night.

The Cougars placed first in eight swimming events to post top times for today’s sectional finals. The sectional meet resumes today with diving at 9 a.m. followed by consolation and championship swims.

The Greenfield-Central 200-yard medley relay team (Sarah Stutz, Megan Coffin, Hannah Russo and Emma Miller) paced the preliminaries in a time of 1:58.69.

The 200 freestyle relay team (Braedy Laymon, Taylor Amos, Anne Marie DeKeyser and Carley Logan) also was fastest at 1:45.02. The Cougars posted a 4:01.37 in the 400 freestyle relay (Laymon, DeKeyser, Coffin, Logan) to finish first.

Logan was the fastest in the 200 freestyle at 2:00.67, followed by teammate Elizabeth Harris at 2:06.40.

Laymon and DeKeyser were 1-2 in the 50 free at 25.40 and 25.63, respectively. Laymon and DeKeyser also were the top two in the 100 free with the former taking first at 56.10. DeKeyser finished in 56.74.

Logan set the pace in the 500 free with a time of 5:27.54. Harris was second at 5:43.66. Coffin came in ahead of Mt. Vernon’s Zoey Musick (1:11.60) in the 100 breaststroke at 1:09.07 for first.

Musick also was third in the 200 free (2:08.04). Mt. Vernon’s Lydia Tierney was first in two events. She swam in a time of 1:00.33 in the 100 butterfly and a 2:13.25 in the 200 IM to best the competition.