Behind the first quadruple-double in school history, the Eastern Hancock girls basketball team clinched a top-three finish in the Mid-Hoosier Conference with its fifth consecutive triumph in its final home game of the season Saturday, topping Hauser 70-40.
Kiersten Schrope had 10 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists and 11 steals to notch the historic achievement for the Royals. The 11 steals also tied Jolyn Holliday’s school record set in 2002-03.
Hannah Best scored 25 points for EH — five off her career-high — by converting 7-of-10 3-pointers. She added five steals.
Kaytlin Eastes had a season-high 13 points and four rebounds in her final home game for the blue and white, which trailed 10-7 after a quarter but outscored Hauser (6-10, 2-4 MHC) 63-30 in the final three frames.
“The girls really responded, and to have the type of contributions we had from everyone says a lot about this team,” said EH coach Jeremy Powers, whose squad finished 9-0 at home. “We feel good about how we are playing right now, and are excited to finish the season Thursday night at Centerville.”
“I am very proud of these girls because they have worked so hard over the last 2 years to build this program to where it belongs. It says a lot about their character, dedication, and effort to becoming the best basketball program possible.”
Peyton Neisler (nine points, three rebounds), Lauren Harmon (five points, five steals) and Alora Marshall (two points, eight steals) also contributed for EH.
The Royals (15-4, 6-2 MHC) registered 35 steals in the game, two better than the previous school mark of 33.
Eastern Hancock closes its regular season at Centerville (8-8) Thursday before taking on Northeastern (8-10) in its sectional opener, which is Feb. 5 (7 p.m.) at Knightstown. EH beat Northeastern 50-47 on Dec. 6.