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WINTHROP — The East Buchanan girls basketball team’s smothering defense propelled it to a 65-14 victory in the first round of Class 1A, Region 2 play Thursday night in Winthrop.

The Buccaneers finished the regular season with a 9-5 record in the Tri-Rivers West conference, which was good enough for fourth place. Their overall record is now 15-7 overall.

Three Bucs reached double figures in scoring. Senior Erica Hoffman scored 14 points, sophomore Lara Fox 13, and sophomore Lauren Donlea 12.

Also scoring for East Buchanan were senior Nicole Pettinger with 8, freshman Averiel Brady with 7, senior Olivia Donlea with 5, junior Lily Hersom with 4 and sophomore Raelynn Kolthoff with 2.

Fox, Hoffman and Pettinger led East Buchanan’s rebounders with five apiece. The Bucs narrowly outrebounded the Dons, 27-26.

UP NEXT

The Bucs will host a quarter-final game Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. against North Butler, 8-12. The Bearcats defeated Valley Lutheran Thursday night, 60-11.

SCORING BY QUARTER

DB 6 0 2 6 — 14

EB 17 17 17 14 — 65