PDT Sports Contributor
SCIOTOVILLE — The East Tartans defeated the Eastern Eagles Thursday evening by a score of 63-34. Eastern’s Carson Roney was kept in check much of the night with a host of defenders, while East had two scorers light up the basket in Peyton Helpinstein (26) and Shay Brown (18).
The game began with good defensive play on both sides of the ball. Roney finally managed to break the seal around the rim at the six minute mark for the Eagles. From the onset, Roney was double and triple teamed in the paint and was forced to put up defended shots on the perimeter. Eastern, sporting eight freshman players, struggled to pick up the slack. At the end of one the score was 13-8, East.
Helpinstein and the Tartans broke open the second quarter. They went on a 24-6 run during the period, with Peyton scoring from the perimeter and Shay Brown driving to the basket. On top of her scoring, Helpinstein was tasked with being the primary defender on Roney much of the night. The second closed with a score of 37-14.
Eastern couldn’t figure out a way to dig themselves out of the hole. They had a total of 40 turnovers on the night. However, the second half saw a post-game develop for Eagle post player Cassidy Fremont. She would finish with nine points, point guard Olivia Hatfield had eight, and Roney would go on to have 13.
“We had 40 turnovers and about 20 percent field goal percentage,” admitted Eastern head coach Darren King. “We’ve struggled with turnovers so far. Even if you shoot 50 percent from the field you aren’t going to win too many games like that. You have to give them credit, they are much better. Shots didn’t fall tonight. We looked tired. We have to be more consistent.”
Roney looked bothered all night and left the game with an injury in the fourth quarter.
“We can’t have Carson do everything. Everyone knows she’s one of the best players in the area. We have to get these other kids involved. They have to get experience and get some confidence. Fremont came out and put together some scoring and we need that going further.”
East closed out the game, 63-34. They took advantage of the turnovers all night and played great help defense on Roney.
“Defensively we were very good,” said Tartan Head Coach Waltmon Monroe. “We managed to contain Roney. Peyton Helpenstein did an excellent job guarding her and we had help on her as well. It was just a great win for us tonight. Peyton and Shay are the leaders of our team and they played like it. You can expect more of the same going forward: we are going to play hard defense and push as much as we can.”
The Lady Tartans travel to New Boston to take on the Tigers Monday night. The Lady Eagles look to rebound, playing Monday night in Franklin Furnace against the Bobcats. Both games tip off at 6:00 P.M.
Eastern 8 6 11 9 34
East 13 24 9 16 63