Eaton defeats Greenville in season opener

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Eaton's Lily Shepherd led the Eagles with 26 points in their win over Greenville. (Deron Newman (photo)
EATON – Eaton’s girls’ basketball team overcame a double-digit first half deficit to take a 54-48 win in their season opener. The Eagles opened at home against Greenville on Friday, Nov. 18.
Eaton struggled offensively in the first half and trailed 26-18 at the break. They picked things up in the third quarter outscoring the Green Wave 14-9 to pull within three, 35-32.
The fourth quarter proved to be the key to the win as Eaton scored 22 points to take the 54-48 win.
Lily Shepherd led the Eagles’ offense with 26 points.
Shepherd is one of Eaton’s key returning players from last season. She was a First Team All-SWBL West Division selection last year, along with senior Olivia Baumann. Shepherd was top 5 in scoring last season averaging 13 points per game. Baumann led the SWBL in rebounding with 11.6 rpg and added 9 points per game.
Kendall Miller was an SWBL Honorable Mention selection in 2021-22.
Eaton plays in the West Division of the Southwestern Buckeye League, along with Madison, Brookville, Carlisle and Valley View. They finished second in the standings last season at 7-6, behind Valley View, 11-2.
Eaton is scheduled to travel to Franklin on Tuesday, Nov. 22, and Bellbrook on Monday, Nov. 28.
National Trail opens season 2-0 
National Trail’s girls’ varsity basketball team opened the 2022-23 season with a pair of wins. The Blazers opened the season defeating Belmont, 56-40, on Friday, Nov. 18. They followed up on Saturday with a 43-36 win over Franklin Monroe.
NT jumped out to a quick lead with a 20-point first quarter against Belmont. They held a 15-point edge at halftime, 29-14. NT was able to maintain that lead in the second half to take the 16-point win.
Natalie Osswald led the team with 13 points (including three 3-pointers) and six rebounds. Josie Stiner added seven points and six rebounds. Ashlynne Osbourne had eight points and six boards.
The Blazers put together a 17-point second quarter against FM and led 25-16 at the half. They were able to maintain that advantage in the second half, to take a 43-36 win.
Osswald led the Blazers again with eight points.
National Trail is scheduled to play at Tri-County North on Tuesday, Nov. 22.
Tri-County North splits two to open 2022-23
Tri-County North’s girls’ basketball team opened the season with a split of two games. TCN opened the season at Northridge on Friday, Nov. 18, and then hosted Carlisle on Saturday.
The Panthers suffered a one-point loss to Northridge, 45-44. TCN built a 28-17 lead in the first half, but Northridge got back into the game in the third quarter, cutting TCN’s lead to one, 35-34. Northridge edged TCN 11-9 in the final period.
TCN bounced back on Saturday with a 35-18 win. After an even first quarter, North took control in the second period with an 11-2 run.
TCN will host National Trail on Tuesday, Nov. 22.
Eaton Lady Eagles vs Greenville Lady Wave. (Deron Newman photo)
Eaton Lady Eagles vs Greenville Lady Wave. (Deron Newman photo)
Eaton Lady Eagles vs Greenville Lady Wave. (Deron Newman photo)
Eaton Lady Eagles vs Greenville Lady Wave. (Deron Newman photo)
Eaton Lady Eagles vs Greenville Lady Wave. (Deron Newman photo)