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Eastbrook girls pound Wes-Del, 64-12

BY ERIC HINDERLITER - ctreporter@indy.rr.com

After struggling earlier in the week at Delta, the Eastbrook Lady Panthers righted the ship Friday night with a dominating performance against Wes-Del.

The Panthers stifled the Warriors from the opening tip on their way to a 62-14 victory.

Senior stalwart Kylie Standfest praised her teammates’ efforts.

“I think we came out with more intensity,” Standfest noted. “We started off with power and a great attitude. We did all the little things that translate into points.”

A Lauren Johnson bucket pulled Wes-Del to as close as 5-3 in the earlystages before Eastbrook went on a run to put the game out of reach.

Over a nine and a half minute stretch in the first and second quarters, the Panthers outscored the Warriors 19-0.

Standfest was vital in the run with six points while Sarah Foulk netted seven.

“On the defensive end it was all-out effort,” said Eastbrook coach Jeff Liddick. “We took them out of their offense and were able to get easy buckets off of deflections and turnovers.”

Wes-Del had difficulty when faced with Eastbrook’s full-court pressure and also faded in face of the pressure in their half-court sets.

Wes-Del committed 16 first half turnovers and 28 for the game.

“We were communicating with one another,” said Liddick. “We were down in our stance. They were doing all the things we have been asking them to do all season.”

Rounding out their defensive effort, the Panthers held the Warriors to under 20 percent (5-26) shooting from the field, and held a 30-15 rebounding advantage.

Foulk led the way with a well-rounded effort scoring 21 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field but made the difference at the line where she made 10-of-13 free throw attempts.

“She did a good job,” said Liddick. “She doesn’t shy from contact and gets to the line. She’s another girl who buys into defensive effort and that carries over to the offensive side.”

Foulk was also credited with four steals and four rebounds.

Standfest backed up Foulk’s effort with 12 points.

“She puts others before herself,” praised Liddick. “She’s an example of leadership in pulling the younger girls with her.”

Josalyn Martinez scored seven while Johwen McKim scored six coming off the bench. Lexi Binkerd came off the bench to grab five rebounds.

“Our half court offense was extremely patient,” explained Liddick. “We kicked the ball out for wide open looks and were very patient.”

The Panthers hit just over 50 percent of their shots (22 of 41) in their efficient performance.

Eastbrook’s win moved their record back to the .500 level at 8-8. They return to action next Tuesday at Wabash.