CHARLOTTESVILLE — Jeremy Powers normally refrains from listing team-specific goals.
But, the second-year EH coach was particularly displeased after his team’s season-opening 48-39 setback at Elwood last Wednesday. So, he supplied his squad with a precise directive entering its first home contest Saturday against Muncie Southside.
The decree: Limit the Rebels to 32 points.
With the help of 29 Muncie Southside turnovers — a byproduct of 16 EH steals — the Royals hit their mark precisely, handling the Rebels 83-32.
The 83 points were the most for an Eastern Hancock outfit since the Royals beat host Wes-Del 98-36 on Dec. 11, 2004.
EH asserted itself on the glass from the start, as junior forward Kristin Eischen scored two buckets off offensive rebounds to spur the hosts to a 9-1 lead. The Royals would finish the game with a 55-20 advantage on the boards.
Powers employed a trapping defense from the onset, filling the Rebels’ potential passing lanes with his team’s length.
“We established ourselves quickly in the first quarter and never really let off the gas pedal,” he said.
The second quarter featured the Royals’ running with every opportunity, netting layup after layup with each Rebel turnover.