Lady Guard ease past East Texas Christian School, 53-36

LONGVIEW — Brook Hill’s Ke’Airra Christopher and Lauren Eden combined for 28 points to lead the Lady Guard varsity past East Texas Christian School Tuesday in a non-district road game.

The Lady Guard grabbed their seventh win of the season using what head coach Ivan Johnson called “a stifling defense.”

“This was a much-needed win (for momentum) as we prepare for the All Saints Lady Trojans,” Johnson said.

Brook Hill (7-14) is currently 1-1 in TAPPS 3-5A and tied with All Saints for second place in the district.

Against ETCS, the Lady Guard combined for 22 steals and went 6 of 17 from three-point range. Eden finished with four 3-pointers and tied with Kaitlynn Rhea with a team-high four steals apiece.

The Lady Guard trailed 13-11 after the first quarter, but clamped down after that to surrender 23 points the rest of the way.

Brook Hill went in front in the second quarter to lead 24-21 at halftime. The Lady Guard put ETCS in their rearview mirror for good in the third quarter to lead 37-27 entering the fourth quarter.

The Lady Guard stayed in command down the stretch, converting 9 of 14 free throws to seal a 17-point win.

Said Coach Johnson: “We turned up the heat on defense and stayed consistent shooting the ball to keep them (ETCS) at bay.”

Brook Hill will be on the road Friday at Tyler All Saints. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.

LADY GUARD STATS

Brook Hill 53, ETCS 36

Brook Hill     11   13   13   16   —  53

ETCS          13    8     6     9   —   36

Scoring (53): Kaitlynn Rhea 13, Ke’Airra Christopher 6, Lauren Eden 15, Grace Helmers 8, Asia McGowen 4, AD Kuechle 7

3-Pointers (6): Rhea 1, Eden 4, Kuechle 1

Free Throws (9): Christopher 2, Eden 3, Helmers 2, Kuechle 2

Rebounds (28): Rhea 5, Eden 7, Helmers 1, Autumn Webb 3, Grace Brasher 4, McGowen 2, Kuechle 6

Assists (3): Rhea 1, Eden 2

Steals (22): Rhea 4, Christopher 3, Eden 4, Holly Stadelmann 1, Helmers 4, Webb 2, Brasher 1, McGowen 2, Kuechle 1