(FESTUS, Mo.) The Grandview Lady Eagles picked up where they left off last season with sparkling defense en route to a big 65-31 victory on the road over the Festus Tigers on opening night.
Grandview (1-0) won 22 games last year to put up their best season in school history and showed they are poised for another strong season in their opener. Festus (0-1) lost all but one of their starters from last year’s team that went 17-7. The lone returner, junior Jenna Oetting, is unable to play battling an arm injury to start the year.+++
The two teams both played excellent defense to start the game, paired with some opening game jitters as both teams turned the ball over several times in the first quarter ending in a 7-7 tie. The second quarter was all Grandview as they outscored Festus 21-10 in the second quarter behind eight points from senior Macy Ketcherside bringing the halftime score to 28-17 in favor of Grandview. Ketcherside finished with 14 points.+++
It was the guard play of the Eagles that made a difference defensively in the second quarter with seniors Melina Eaker, Katelyn McGlaughlin, and Meaghan Faust forcing the Tigers into 20 turnovers at the half, and 37 unofficial turnovers for the game. Grandview head coach Rhonda Hubbard credited their perimeter defense…+++
Out of the break, it was all Grandview and sophomore Isabelle Kuczka coming off the bench to hit seven three pointers…+++
Kuczka had a game high 21 points on the night and Grandview continued to pour it on to capture the 65-31 win. Hubbard said Kuczka is capable of lighting it up…+++
Festus head coach Ron Rhodes said his team’s inexperienced showed without Oetting…+++
Rhodes added the bench was a bright spot for the team…+++
The Eagles will next take on Bourbon after the Thanksgiving break while the Festus Tigers will battle St. Clair at home on Monday night.