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Eighth grade girls take Regional title

By Kayleigh Rahn
The East Prairie eighth grade girls’ basketball team notched three wins enroute to the Regional title at St. Joseph last week. The girls will move on to sectional play against Teutopolis on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at home.

Tuesday, Nov. 27
EP-31; SJO-11

The girls took down tournament host St. Joseph-Ogden 31-11 in the first round of the regional tournament.

“The girls had a great team effort with everyone contributing either on offense or defense,” Coach Beth Pugh said.

Marley Good led the team with eight points, and Ella Boyer added seven. Claire Meyer put together six points; Harley Woodard and Mia Hausmann had four each. Izzy Wilcox added two.

Thursday, Nov. 29
EP-28; ALAH-22

Two nights later the Hornets took down a tough defense in ALAH 28-22.

“The eighth grade had a rough game against ALAH,” Pugh said. “ALAH ran some different types of defense to take us out of our offense. Our shots were not falling. I told the girls at halftime to keep shooting, but we need to get some offensive rebounds.”

Boyer posted a game high 14 points, while Wilcox and Meyer added five apiece. Woodard and Molly Macaulay had two points each.

“I was proud of the girls for staying focused and finding a way to win,” Pugh said.

Friday, Nov. 30
EP-22; Oakwood-8

The Hornet defense kept Oakwood from reaching double digits to secure the Regional title with a 22-8 win Friday night.

“The girls put together a great defensive effort to beat Oakwood for the regional championship,” Pugh said. “We knew there were two of their girls that we needed to stop, and they stayed focused to do that. Offensively we worked the ball around well.”

Meyer had seven points in the title win, and Good posted six. Boyer added four, Hausmann had thee, and Woodard contributed two.

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