After taking home third-place honors in the annual Grant Four Tournament the previous weekend, the Eastbrook Panthers followed that up with one of their most impressive victories of the season, defeating the Delta Eagles 48-46 in overtime last Tuesday evening.
Eastbrook’s defense set the tone early, limiting the Eagles to just six points in the first quarter and five points in the second, building a 16-11 halftime lead in the process.
“Delta was coming into our game averaging 54 points a game, and we held them to 11 in the first half,” Eastbrook Head Coach Jeff Liddick said. We just got after it big time on defense and limited their [top players.] We were able to limit their looks and make them take shots out of the rhythm of their offense.”
The second half was close all the way through. Delta outscored Eastbrook 12-9 in the third quarter and 18-16 in the fourth, and the two teams played to a 41-41 tie, forcing the extra session.
But in the end, the Panthers prevailed, scoring seven points in the overtime period and eventually securing the two-point victory.
“Going into that overtime, we talked about how we’ve been in games and given ourselves a chance to win, but we’ve always found a way to lose the game,” Liddick said. “Tonight, I was extremely proud of how the girls battled. They finally found a way to win it against a very good team. I’m just really proud of their effort, but even more so, the toughness they displayed.”
Rachel Manning, who has picked up her play on both ends of the floor, led the Panthers with 13 points, marking the third straight game that she has led Eastbrook in scoring.
“She has finally found that confidence on the offensive end,” Liddick said. “She is continuing to build on that, and her effort on the defensive end is what is most impressive about her. She goes all out all the time. She’s finding some confidence.”
Johwen McKim finished the game with 12 points, while Sedah McKim collected 10.