EUREKA - A 57-36 win by Eureka over guest Fisher on Thursday coupled with Lexington's 56-50 victory over visiting Heyworth resulted in the Hornets (23-3, 12-1) repeating as Heart of Illinois Conference champions. Entering the night, Eureka and Heyworth were tied for the top spot.
The Hornets' defense smothered Fisher (13-16, 5-8), as they held the Bunnies without a hoop over the initial six minutes and 14 seconds of the game.
Natalie Bardwell led the hosts with 19 points, as Eureka won for the 14th consecutive time. They made 23 field goals, 18 of which came off an assist.
“They make it look easier than it probably is,” said Hornets' coach Jerry Prina of the unselfishness of his squad. “Our girls have been students of the game since they were freshmen. You can tell that. That’s what you expect from this group.”
Alivia Spenard had 14 points for Fisher, who committed a total of 24 turnovers.
Notes: Tessa Leman (1,659) scored 15 points, which put her 19 shy of becoming the program's all-time leader. Occupying the number one position is Kalla Gold at 1,677. This season marks the 30th anniversary of the 1988 Eureka squad (25-8) that advanced to the Elite Eight, but lost to 32-0 and eventual champion Teutopolis back in the old two-class system. Assistant coach Sherry (Brielman) Silverthorn was a member of that team. Her daughter, Sydney Silverthorn, is the third senior on this year’s squad along with Bardwell and Leman.
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