ONeill's Alyssa Eichelberger dives for control of the ball against Crofton Friday, Jan. 3 at home. Photo by Terry Miles.

Eagles soared through the Stanton Holiday Tournaments victorious even with a delay by Mother Nature.

In the first game of the tournament, the Eagles faced the Hartington-Newcastle Wildcats on Friday, Dec. 27. The Eagles got off to a good start putting 20 points up on the board for the first quarter while holding the Wildcats to 13. The second quarter each team held their own as they both managed to add 12 points to their scores sending them into halftime with the Eagles up by seven, 32-25.

The Eagles struggled a little in the third quarter as the Wildcats outscored them by four points, leaving the scores only separated by three points. However the Eagles came on strong in the fourth quarter, putting up an additional 25 points while the Wildcats only managed another 10 points, giving the Eagles the 71-53 victory.

Leading scorers for the Eagles were Meg Schluns with 17 points, including two three-pointers, getting 10 rebounds and four steals; Alyssa Eichelberger with 16 points, shooting 64 percent from the free throw line, with four rebounds and one steal; Lauren Young 13 points, shooting 83 percent at the free throw line, with eight rebounds and four steals; Zelie Sorensen seven points, three rebounds and two steals; Blair Gutshall six points, 11 rebounds and three steals; Makayla Hilker six points, five rebounds and two steals; and Kiersten Welke six points and four rebounds.

OHS 20 12 14 25 71

HHS 5 10 11 9 53

Mother Nature pushed the championship round back from Saturday, Dec. 28, to Tuesday, Dec. 31. The Lady Eagles came up against the host team, the Stanton Mustangs for the championship. The Eagles narrowly beat out the Wildcats in the first quarter with 10 points to their eight. The tables were turned in the second quarter when the Wildcats put up 11 points and the Eagles again had 10, sending them into halftime only up by one 20-19.

The Eagles came back out ready to take home the championship, ourscoring the Wildcats by 13 in the third quarter and five in fourth to give them the 56-37 win at the buzzer.

Leading O'Neill were Schluns with 16 points, including two three-pointers, and shooting 75 percent from the floor, having seven rebounds and six steals; Eichelberger also with 16 points, shooting 57 percent from the three-point range and 100 percent at the free throw line, with four rebounds and three steals; Gutshall 10 points, shooting 80 percent from the floor, with seven rebounds and four steals; Young seven points, five rebounds and four steals; Sorensen five points, three rebounds and three steals; and Hilker two points, four rebounds and one steal.

OHS 10 10 20 16 56

SHS 8 11 7 11 37

On Friday, Jan. 3 the Lady Eagles started back with regular play by hosting the Crofton Warriors. The Eagles kept it close in the first quarter, scoring 10 points while the Warriors scored 13. The second quarter the Warriors took a little bigger lead, scoring six more points than the Eagles. The Eagles went into halftime, trailing 21-30.

In the second half, the Eagles continued to struggle. The third quarter found them putting nine fewer points on the board, only scoring seven to the Warrior's 16. The Eagles were again outscored in the fourth when they managed to add 11 points to their tally, while the Warriors added 19 to theirs. At the buzzer, the Eagles trailed 39-65.

Leading scorers for the Eagles were Eichelberger with 20 points, making three of eight from the three-point range, shooting 71 percent from the free throw line and having 12 rebounds; Schluns with 10 points, including one three-pointer, making five of eight free throw shots, having eight rebounds and seven steals; and Hilker with eight points, three rebounds and three steals.

OHS 10 11 7 11 39

CHS 13 17 16 19 65

On Saturday, Jan. 4, the Eagles again played host, this time to the Adams Central Patriots. The Eagles had a good night, outscoring the Patriots in every quarter. In the first quarter the Eagles were three points ahead, putting 18 on the board, while the Patriots only marked up 15. The second quarter the Eagles made count with a 23 point increase to their score, while holding the Patriots to 16 points. At halftime, the Eagles led 41-31.

The second half started close as the Eagles only put up one more point than the Patriots, 13 and 14 respectively. The final quarter found the Eagles increasing their score by 14 and holding the Patriots to an additional nine points. At the buzzer, the Eagles took home the 69-53 victory.

Leading the Eagles were Eichelberger with an impressive 23 points, making three from the three-point range, shooting 67 percent from the floor, having three rebounds and three steals; Schluns with 17 points, including a three-pointer, shooting 67 percent from the free throw line, having 11 rebounds and nine steals; Hilker 12 points, making 60 percent of her three-point range attempts and getting two rebounds; Gutshall 10 points, nine rebounds and four steals; Welke five points; and Wreece leiwer two points, three rebounds and two steals.

ACHS 15 16 13 9 53

OHS 18 23 14 14 69


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