EAGLES 55 MUSTANGS 16
EAST LAKE – Host East Lake improved its record to 10-0 Friday by taking out Northside Christian 55-16 in the opener of “The Lake” Winter Shootout.
Senior Summer Quigley led the offense with three 3-pointers and a game-high 21 points and the Eagles defense limited Northside to just three field goals all night. Quigley's scored 20 or more points seven times this season.
The Mustangs’ first seven points came from the free throw line and the first basket didn’t fall until Landis Wilson’s layup with 4:03 left in the second quarter.
Getting to the line was a positive for Northside, but 20 more free-throw opportunities wasn’t nearly enough.
“Very sloppy, but a win’s a win,” East Lake coach Ryan Quigley said. “Tomorrow we have a good Sunlake team we’re playing, so we’ll see how that goes.”
Two more games were scheduled to follow up Friday night’s shootout opener: Sunlake vs. Northeast and Bloomingdale vs. Tarpon Springs.
Saturday’s schedule begins with Northeast vs. Bloomingdale at 3 p.m., followed by Northside Christian vs. Tarpon Springs at 4:30 and East Lake vs. Sunlake at 6.
Joining Quigley in double figures Friday was guard Emily Merkel, with 10 points. Brooke Thiel hit a pair of 3’s and finished with eight points and Claire Maloney and Whitney Rush each added six points.
Faith Withey’s six points led Northside and Wilson grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
Nine of East Lake’s 10 wins have been by double-digits, with its 48-42 home victory over St. Petersburg being the lone exception.
The Eagles will be off until the new year following Saturday’s game against Sunlake. They return to the court to take part in the Calvary Christian New Year Shootout on Jan. 4-5.
NSC – 3 – 10 – 0 – 3 --- 16
EL – 19 – 14 – 16 – 6 --- 55
Northside Christian (1-8)
Faith Withey – 6 points, 5 rebounds
Landis Wilson – 4 points, 9 rebounds
Summer O’Beirne – 5 points, 6 rebounds
East Lake (10-0)
Summer Quigley – Game-High 21 points (3 3-pointers)
Emily Merkel – 10 points
Brooke Thiel – 8 points (2 3-pointers), 4 rebounds
Claire Maloney – 6 points, 6 rebounds