Eastern puts halt to Plainville’s ambitions

PLAINVILLE – The Plainville girls basketball team hasn’t hung too many losses on Bristol Eastern over the last few years.
And there’s been good reason for that.
But this year, the Blue Devils were looking for a reversal of fortunes. On Thursday, Jan. 9, the two teams locked horns in a CCC South encounter.
Both Bristol and Plainville outfits were in desperate need of a victory and the low scoring affair favored the home squad.
Off a slow start by, Plainville was never able to go into the flow offensively and dropped a tough 48-38 decision from the Ivan Wood Gym.
The win evened the Lancers ledger to 4-4 overall while the Blue Devils fell to 5-3.
Eastern’s Daijia Brooks has been a handful over the campaign and in this one, the junior popped in 20 points to go along with 10 rebounds for another double-double. Teammate Jamilla Shoultz added 12 points and six assists in the winning effort.
Amanda Zdun put in five points while Cassie Aiken hit for four points to lead Eastern.
For Plainville, Kelsey Clemens continued her outstanding play with 21 points, including a three-pointer. Teammate Emma Andy nailed home seven points.
Deja Nola also played well and added six points in the losing effort.
Eastern’s defense was put to the test early and often. By the end of the first eight minutes, Plainville had yet to score a point.
The Lancers picked up a 10-0 push after one period of play and outscored the Blue Devils 12-9 in the second quarter to go into the locker room on top, 22-9.
Plainville made a game of it after intermission and notched 29 points over the course of the second half. However, by the end of three completed frames, the Lancers were still in charge, 40-28.
The Blue Devils were hanging tough over the final period of play – limiting Eastern to only eight points in the fray. In the end, however, the Lancers took care of business and wrapped up a big 48-38 win on the road.