Barker gets 1,000th point; Belpre loses

Belpre senior guard Cheyenne Barker dribbles the basketball upcourt Thursday night versus visiting Eastern. Barker scored her 1,000th career point in the game and finished with 15 points, but Belpre lost to Eastern, 61-41. Photo by Steve Hemmelgarn.

BELPRE — Visiting Eastern outscored Belpre 25-10 in the third quarter to open up a 25-point lead en route to a 61-41 TVC Hocking Division girls basletball victory over Belpre Thursday night.

Despite the loss though, Belpre senior guard Cheyenne Barker tallied her 1,000th career point on the back end of a sucessful 1-and 1 at the foul line at 6:41 of the third quarter and went on to score 15 points on the night.

But after a low-scoring first half that ended with Eastern leading just 25-15, the Eagles went on a 3-point basket tear in the decisive third quarter. Maddie Williams sank three treys and Laura Pullins dropped in a pair of 3-point hoops to lead the Eastern surge.

Still however, the host Golden Eagle fans were waiting for Barker to notch her milestone, which did finally occur.

She needed four points in the game to make it happen Thursday. After only a basket in the first half, Barker canned the two freebies and the game was stopped for her to be presented with the ball before being resumed with Eastern (9-1) contiuing to pull away.

Eastern’s Williams and Pullins shared game high-point honors with 19 each, while after Barker for Belpre (8-2) was Alexandria Williams with nine points.

Barker became the second sister in her family to accomplish the 1,000-point feat, after Sierra did it as a senior at Belpre in the 2014-15 season.

“I had a slow first half, and I got really nervous and missed about every shot,” said Barker. “Then finally I made the two foul shots in third quarter, and then I started making all my shots after getting the1,000th. It was too much pressure; I don’t like it.

“My goal now as a player is to work more on getting assists, and just playing more as a team player.”

For college next year, “I think I’m going to go to Marietta College and play basketball,” she stated.

Belpre is off until next Thursday, Dec. 29, when Federal Hocking provides the visiting opposition in a 7:30 p.m. game.