The Meadville Eagles and Lady Eagles hosted the Atlanta Hornets and Lady Hornets last night at Meadville High School in their home opening games of the season. The teams held leads throughout both contests, bringing home a pair of wins.
The night opened with the Lady Eagles. Atlanta opened with a three-pointer to start the game. Meadville responded with a 7-0 run, featuring baskets by Emilie Cowan, Halee Neal and Haley Fitzpatrick. The teams drew close to one another to leave Meadville with an 11-7 lead after one quarter.
In the second quarter, the connection of Sara VanDyke to Fitzpatrick continued to pay off for the Lady Eagles, as the team opened the frame on a 4-0 run. This run reached 8-0, with the Meadville girls grabbing a lot of steals. A second 4-0 run by the Lady Eagles would bring the game to halftime. Atlanta had opportunities to score, but just couldn’t find the net. At the half, Meadville led 23-10.
Buckets from Neal and Fitzpatrick opened the third quarter for Meadville on a 4-0 run. The Lady Eagles had a hard time with Atlanta’s press that they started using in the third quarter. Meadville’s lead grew to 16 points in the third quarter, but shrunk to barely double digits before the end of the quarter. But a late bucket from Cowan left Meadville with a 39-25 lead after three quarters.
Both teams were in foul trouble in the second half, and were both in the bonus shortly after the start of the final frame. In the first two minutes of the quarter, Meadville opened on a 5-0 run, featuring baskets by VanDyke, Fitzpatrick, and Reagin Klein. In a contest that ended with a lot of jump balls and foul shots, Meadville held on to win 55-40.
The boys game began with both teams exchanging baskets to start the game. From there, the Eagles went on a 10-0 run in the first 3:30. This run featured baskets from Blake Burkholder, Kolton Friesner, Cade Shifflett and Dalton Palmer. After the run-ending basket from Atlanta, the Eagles went on another run, this time reaching 15-0, to end the quarter. Meadville led 27-4 after one quarter was in the books.
A bucket from Friesner opened the second quarter, and extended the Meadville run to 17-0. The run ended at the 5:51 mark of the frame. Meadville played nearly perfect basketball in the first half, using two long runs to extend their existing lead. At the half, Meadville led 48-13.
Atlanta opened the second half on a 4-0 run, ending with a bucket from Burkholder at the 5:22 mark. The Eagles settled down after this run, and started playing ball a they had done in the first half. After three quarters, the Eagles led 66-23.
Page 2 of 2 - The final frame went by quickly under the mercy rule. Meadville played all 14 of their players in this game, getting each player some valuable playing time. The Eagles won this game by a final score of 74-28.