The Eastern Hancock girls basketball team topped Class 2A No. 10 and previously unbeaten Lapel Tuesday night, 56-47.
The Royals started fast, making 8-of-13 shots en route to a 20-12 lead after a quarter and were out in front 34-25 at half.
“This was as close as you can get to a complete game by a team. They controlled both ends of the court, gave 100 percent effort, and played together as a team,” said second-year EH coach Jeremy Powers. “Since the North Decatur game, the girls have really bought into what we are asking of them. They want to get better every day, (they) are helping one another out on the court and want to be successful.”
Kiersten Schrope notched 19 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and seven steals to lead EH. It was Schrope’s seventh straight game in double figures and sixth consecutive contest in which she dished out at least four assists.
“She continues to get better every day, and is becoming more and more consistent with her play,” Powers said of Schrope. “She is becoming a very solid basketball player.”
Kristin Eischen added 14 points and seven rebounds, and Hannah Best tallied eight points and three assists for the Royals (6-3), who are at Knightstown (6-3) Friday in the first game of a girls-boys doubleheader.
Lapel (6-1) was paced by Kaitlin Dobbins’ 13 points.
“I am very impressed with the way we have played the last two games,” Powers explained. “All 10 girls are helping out tremendously, and we now prepare for a big game Friday night at Knightstown.”
Greenfield-Central 63, Shelbyville 41
The Cougars improved to 3-6 on the year and 2-2 in Hoosier Heritage Conference play with a road victory Tuesday.
G-C had a 30-22 advantage at half, and a strong third quarter gave the visitors a 50-36 lead entering the final eight minutes.
Sara Jones (12 points), Regan Lewis (11 points), Shelby Oldham (10 points) and Brooke Bell (seven points) contributed for the Cougars, who lost Emily Koers to an ankle injury in the second quarter. Koers did not return.
Greenfield-Central coach Doug Laker hopes to have Koers back for the Cougars’ game at Connersville (4-3) next Tuesday.
“Our young kids did a good job playing through the injuries and foul trouble in the second half of the game,” Laker said. “We have a week to get ready for the Spartans.”
Taylor Pierce tallied 14 points for the Golden Bears (1-8, 1-2 HHC).