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Lady Eagles build large lead early in win over Peaster

Jan. 5—BROCK — Coming off their impressive 15-point road win at third-ranked Comanche, the Brock Lady Eagles hosted their rival Peaster Lady Greyhounds for another district game on the hardwood. Inside of the Brock High School gymnasium, the Lady Eagles started fast and never looked back in a 42-22 victory that kept Brock unbeaten in district play.

"It's tough to come back after a big win like that, but that's the maturity of a team that has to improve so that you don't have a letdown after you win a big game," Lady Eagles head coach Alex Stephenson said. "Each game brings its own challenges and we knew Peaster was going to come in and be ready to play tonight. I think that's a growing point for this group just being ready for each game."

The Lady Eagles raced out to a 9-0 lead by the end of the first quarter, and freshman guard Jacee Riddle canned a corner 3-pointer with 7:01 left in the second to push the lead to 12-0 until Peaster got on the board with a layup 45 seconds later. Then, senior guard Aaliyah Lankford got Peaster to within 10 points when she stole the ball and scored on the other end with 3:26 to go before halftime.

However, Brock responded with a flurry of buckets to increase the lead. Riddle swished another 3-pointer at the 2:19 mark and junior forward Kylie Allen made a layup with 50 seconds to stretch the lead to 21-5. After Peaster senior Addison McCarthy nailed a pair of free throws with 15 seconds remaining, Brock junior forward Keira Matthews drained a 3-pointer with three ticks remaining to send Brock into the locker room with a 24-7 advantage.

"I think that we've really improved mentally and have played smarter," Matthews said. "We've been playing smarter and moving the ball a lot better."

The Lady Eagles outscored the Lady 'Hounds 5-0 in the third quarter for a 29-7 lead and held off Peaster down the stretch despite a 15-point quarter by the visitors.

"I think it's a really big role, and we are really young right now too," Matthews said. "The freshmen have really stepped up and done their jobs, especially Savannah (Hatcher) and Jacee (Riddle). We all have really bonded together, so things are really fluid and good on the court."

Matthews led Brock with 15 points while Riddle scored eight. Allen had nine points while freshman guard Savannah Hatcher netted six points. Peaster senior Jayda Floyd led the Lady Greyhounds with eight points — all in the fourth quarter — while sophomore Melo Holt and Lankford finished with five and four points, respectively.

"We just need to keep the same mentality each and every game, no matter who the opponent is," Stephenson said. "We want to play our brand of basketball and not someone else's no matter the situation or game we are in."

The Lady Eagles (15-8, 5-0) will be back in action at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at Eastland while the Lady 'Hounds (9-14, 0-4) look to bounce back at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at Millsap.