When two teams enter a District Championship with records of 23-1, something has to give. With 3 six footers and changing defenses, Eastern Brown shut down Southeastern 40-27 on Friday in Waverly.
The Warriors seemed to always have a hand in the face of the Panthers, as Southeastern suffered through a night of 18 per cent shooting, including 4 of 23 from the three point line. Southeastern never managed to score in double figures in any quarter.
On the other side the Lady Panthers did a good job defensively, holding the two big Warrior threats to a combined 13 points. District player of the year Allison Day managed only six points, while Alexa Pennington had only seven.
The big difference was Warrior inside player Mikayla Farris hitting for 12 points and junior guard Whitney Broughton hitting three trifectas to pick up the Warriors.
Southeastern trailed 7-5 at the end of the first quarter and 18-13 at the half. The Panthers could never get on a run and were never able to get into the lead. All SVC players Ella Skeens and Audrie Wheeler were held to a combined 11 points.
Rebounds were 30-22 in favor of Eastern, and turnovers were 11 for SE and 13 for Eastern Brown. The tell tale stat was Eastern shooting 53 % while the Panthers were ice cold at 18%.
Southeastern finishes the year at 23-2, a district runner up trophy and a gold basketball in the SVC. Eastern Brown advances to the sweet 16 next week at Logan High School.
Southeastern: Skeens 8, Wheeler 3, Collins 2, K Mitten 3, M Mitten 7, Hice 4
Eastern Brown: Sowers 4, Reynolds 2, Day 6, Farris 12, Pennington 7, Broughton 9