MOWRYSTOWN — Led by Lacey Peterman’s 23 points, East Clinton cut down Whiteoak 49-36 Tuesday in a non-league girls basketball game.
The Lady Astros, 6-15 on the year, have won two straight and three of their last four games.
Peterman hit on 10 of 13 field goal attempts and dished out two assists in the victory.
Kaitlin Durbin had 12 points, five rebounds and four steals. Ciarra Cooper had six rebounds and two assists. Paige Lilly had seven points and two rebounds. Sam Gaddis scored four points and pulled in three boards. Kayla Hall had two points and two rebounds. Bre Davis had a point and six rebounds. Allison Tong and Sierra Christian had two rebounds each. Marissa Williams had one rebound.
Things did not start well for East Clinton. Whiteoak scored the first 10 points of the game.
But after the scoreless opening frame, the Lady Astros came out of the timeout with fire in their eyes, scoring 20 points and grabbing a 20-17 advantage at halftime.
“We used our defense to get our offense going,” said EC coach Steven Gerber. “We came out aggressive, forcing multiple turnovers that led to some easy buckets and helped build some confidence.”
East Clinton continued to throttle the Whiteoak offense and extended the lead to 41-30.
“We really shot the ball well in the middle two quarters,” Gerber said. “We had struggled scoring around the rim the last couple games and early in this game but from the second quarter on the girls did an excellent job of getting to the rim and finishing.”
In the fourth, the Lady Astros turned back a Lady Wildcats rally with a 7-0 to clinch the win.
“We really played very well on both ends of the floor,” Gerber said. “The girls did an excellent job of responding after a tough first quarter. That’s what makes coaching this team a lot of fun. We are just scratching the surface of how good we can be and the girls are really starting to play with confidence and are working really hard to improve each day.”