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Eastern Hancock too much for Lancers

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Edinburgh and Eastern Hancock’s girls basketball teams stuffed their respective stat sheets Monday night, but one statistical deficiency proved to be the host Lancers’ undoing in the Mid-Hoosier Conference matchup.

Edinburgh committed 42 turnovers in a 72-50 loss to the Royals. It was a game in which the teams combined for 66 turnovers, 107 rebounds, 51 fouls and 134 field-goal attempts.

Jennifer Stinson led the Lancers with 25 points and a game-high 18 rebounds, while Kiersten Schrope paced Eastern Hancock (11-4 overall, 3-2 Mid-Hoosier) with a game-high 26 points. She scored all but three of her points in the second half, including 14 during a decisive 19-6 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters.

Edinburgh trailed 29-26 with five minutes remaining in the third quarter, but that’s when Schrope took over. She scored eight of those 14 points on layups, two more on a jump shot and the rest from the free-throw line.

The Lancers kept things interesting before that, thanks largely to Eastern Hancock’s ineffective field-goal shooting.

The Royals hit just 1 of their first 21 tries, and Edinburgh pieced together an 8-0 run that stretched the final 20 seconds of the first half and the first minute of the second half.

While the Lancers struggled with turnovers, the Royals committed 24 miscues of their own. They finished shooting 30.8 percent from the field (24 of 78), while Edinburgh hit 16 of 57 from the floor (28.1 percent).

Maile Cox added eight points and 10 rebounds for the Lancers, while Mariah Weddle contributed six points and seven rebounds off the bench.

Kaytlin Eastes scored 12 points and grabbed a team-high 14 rebounds for Eastern Hancock, which barely edged Edinburgh in rebounding (54-53).

The loss dropped the Lancers to 2-10 overall and 0-4 in Mid-Hoosier Conference play.

They return to action Thursday when they host Crothersville.

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