HOWARD — The East Knox girls basketball team was clicking on all cylinders Saturday.
The Bulldogs were strong on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court, cruising to a 69-24 victory over archrival Danville in a Mid-Buckeye Conference game at East Knox.
The win also meant an end to the Bulldogs’ nine-game losing streak. That streak ended on Saturday in a big way.
“This was by far the best we’ve played,” said East Knox coach Jim Davis. “We’ve got the ability to do this and today we did it.”
The Bulldogs (6-11, 4-7) wasted no time in dictating the tempo of the game, rolling to a 17-4 lead after just one period.
Danville (6-10, 3-7) was able to get a few things figured out in the second, but EK was still able to up the lead to 27-12.
“We were trying to control both the offensive tempo and the defensive tempo,” said Davis. “We’ve been doing a real good job offensively, but not defensively. We picked up the pace to one we wanted today and controlled both ends.”
Already with a comfortable lead, the Bulldogs exploded offensively in the second half. They pumped in 20 points in the third quarter, then added another 22 in the fourth.
The victory was even sweeter for the Bulldogs as it made it a clean sweep of the rival Blue Devils. It’s the first time in 10 years that the Bulldogs have swept the Devils.
“This was a big win — huge. Especially against our rival,” Davis said. “It’s a thrill. We had the middle school kids here and it was great they could see us come out on top.”
The victory wasn’t a one-person show for the Bulldogs, even though senior Josie Burwell tried to make it look that way. The senior pumped in 19 points to pace the Bulldogs.
“Josie had a huge day. She did a great job all around,” said Davis.
East Knox had seven players score overall, including two others in double figures. Hayley Gray checked in with 13 points, including a couple of three-pointers, and Bridget Dennis poured in 10 points. Danielle Totten added nine points, while Jade Burwell had seven, Desiree Cottrell six and Kali Krownapple five.
The Blue Devils had a strong game from Madison Banbury, who poured in 10 points. Bri Staats and Olivia Rice both added five points.
East Knox will host Utica on Thursday, while Danville will entertain Johnstown in a makeup game Wednesday.