The Eastern Hancock girls basketball team shook off a shaky first half to prevail over Edinburgh 72-50 Monday, the Royals’ seventh win in eight contests.
EH (11-4) improved to 3-2 in Mid-Hoosier Conference play with the road victory, while Edinburgh dropped to 2-10 (0-4 MHC).
The blue and white led 24-19 at half following a 7-for-35 shooting performance, but revved up its defensive energy in the final two frames and finished with 28 steals.
The Royals now have 267 steals, breaking the record of 254 set by the 2011-12 squad.
Kiersten Schrope (career-high 26 points, eight rebounds, eight steals) and Kaytlin Eastes (12 points, career-best 13 rebounds, six steals) were the headliners for the Royals.
“Kaytlin Eastes had her best gave ever as a Lady Royal. She played with confidence, dominated the inside and played with a purpose,” EH coach Jeremy Powers said of Eastes.
Kristin Eischen (nine points, five rebounds), Shelby Mourey (career-high eight points, five rebounds, four steals, three assists), Peyton Neisler (career-best 10 rebounds) and Allison Dickey (career-high six points) also contributed for EH.
Jennifer Stinson had 25 points and 14 rebounds for Edinburgh.
Eastern Hancock welcomes Morristown (6-5, 2-2 MHC) Thursday, a ‘Pink Out’ game for the hosts.
Lawrence Central has hired Jed Richman as head football coach, pending school board confirmation.
Richman was 25-9 in three seasons at Western Boone and previously was a Carmel assistant for five years.
He replaced Jayson West, who left for Warren Central after guiding LC to the Class 5A state championship Nov. 24.
Among other recent area coaching changes:
>> Knightstown head coach and Mt. Vernon graduate Pat Mallory was hired at Lawrence North.
>> Triton Central’s Gabe Johnson accepted the Bloomington South defensive coordinator position.
>> New Castle coach Mark Luzadder resigned after one season.
At New Palestine, the search continues to replace interim head coach Charlie Hill, who took over last summer following the resignation of Tim Able.
New Palestine athletic director Al Cooper said Tuesday that approximately 30 people applied for the job.
“Our pool of candidates have been narrowed to five and we hope to recommend a candidate to the board ASAP; however, as this is a decision that will impact our school dramatically, complete due diligence will be done by our committee,” Cooper said.
Also, Able recently told the Daily Reporter that he is actively seeking to coach next fall and has applied for multiple jobs, which he declined to name.
Recently, the G-C wrestling team went 3-2 at the North Central Invitational.
Josh Farrell finished 5-0 at 152 pounds, improving to 25-0 on the season.
Tyler Beeson (HWT) also went 5-0, with Sam Locke (132), Joe Hoskins (160) and Cameron Nuckols (182) going 4-1.