Effingham used a 17-3 scoring spree in the second quarter to spark a 57-46 win Thursday night at Charleston in the Apollo Conference opener for both teams.
It was 16-16 after the first eight minutes before the Lady Hearts took control.
Natalie Carie’s layup gave EHS the lead for good and Carsyn Fearday followed with a 3-pointer to start the decisive second period. After the Lady Trojans hit a couple free throws, the Lady Hearts responded with a 9-0 run that opened a double-digit lead.
Effingham’s defense played a key role in the first half. The Lady Hearts came up with six steals and forced 11 turnovers in the first 16 minutes. They were also in a bit of foul trouble.
“We battled through a lot of foul trouble in the first half,” EHS coach Jeff Schafer said. “We did a great job getting to halftime with the lead. We still have a lot to work so we can continue to improve.”
EHS led by as many as 16 points in the third period and had its largest lead of 17 points near the end of the game. It was Charleston’s first loss of the season.
Fearday led three Lady Hearts in double figures with 13 points. Miranda Fox and Shelby Myers both scored 12. Myers also pulled down nine rebounds.
“This was a good win against a very good team,” Schafer noted. “Charleston is really good. Jeff (Miller) has a team that really gets after it and can score. We played well.
“This was just one game in a rough Apollo Conference, but it was a really important game,” the EHS coach added. “It helps you get one step closer to that end result you’re looking to achieve.”