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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.

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