Warriors too much for Eastern in 61-42 victory

JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times Warren's Emily Jackson (43) drives the lane as Eastern's Jessica Parker (2), Maddison Williams (12) and Elizabeth Collins defend during a high school girls basketball game Thursday in Vincent. Warren won, 61-42.

VINCENT — Pressure was the name of the game Thursday night in a high school girls basketball game between Warren and Eastern.

The Warriors forced the visiting Eagles into 24 turnovers en route to a 61-42 non-conference victory.

Back home Monday against Meigs, Warren improved to 3-0 with the victory.

“I think (defensive pressure) was the biggest key,” said Warren head coach Amy Colgrove. “That’s a very good point guard that we played against tonight.”

Eastern point guard Jessica Parker tallied 11 points and seven rebounds, but Warren guards Molly Grayson and Grace Way combined to defend her up and down the court and make things difficult.

“Molly did a fantastic job tonight,” Colgrove said. “She came in with defensive pressure and controlled our offense. Then you bring off the bench Grace, a senior point guard who’s been starting for me as well — those two are so interchangeable that it really wears them down. I think that was one of the keys was that we could wear the girls from Eastern down a little bit just because I can sub either one of those in and out and put a lot of pressure on them.”

Fifteen of Eastern’s turnovers came in the first two quarters as Warren carried a comfortable 40-18 lead into halftime. Colgrove said defensive pressure likely will be an integral part of the team’s gameplan throughout the season.

“We’re pretty long,” she said. “With our length, we’ll probably pressure a lot. We’ll probably be more of an uptempo team. We don’t really have any true post players, per se, so we kind of have to turn it into more of an up-and-down game. I thought we did a pretty good job of that tonight.”

While Jacob Parker-coached Eastern was paced by Maddison Williams’ 12 points, Warren got a game-high 17 points and eight rebounds from Kate Liston. Peyton Bowe added 12 points and game-highs in assists (5) an steals (5).

“Those two are our leaders,” Colgrove said of the senior duo. “They set the tempo for our team. Kate’s always, when you look at the stats at the end of the game, is close to a triple-double. Peyton’s the same way. Peyton did a great job defending and with the rebounds.”

Warren also got nine points apiece from Emily Jackson and Olivia Alloway, while Caspen Ford chipped in seven.

Starter Emme Bowe did not get in the scoring column for Warren, but Colgrove credited her with a solid defensive effort.

“She had the job of guarding (Eastern post player Elizabeth) Collins,” Colgrove said. “She did a great job of getting in front of her and getting some rebounds and keeping her contained somewhat.”

Collins finished with seven points and six boards. Kaitlin Hawk added eight markers for the Eagles, who finished 18-for-46 (39 percent) from the floor.

Warren knocked down 41 percent (26-of-64) of its shot attempts, held a 30-26 rebound advantage and turned it over 12 times.