The Eastern Lady Musketeers won the Sectional 2A Title last night in Pekin with a 40-38 victory over the Paoli Lady Rams.

A win earlier in the day over Crawford County set the Musketeers up to play in their their consecutive match up with Paoli on Saturday night.

Although Eastern had made it into the sectional final for the past two years, the Rams ended up winning both years.

This year, third time was the charm.

Earlier this year, the Musketeers lost to Paoli on January 28, in a 38-42 rematch of last year’s sectional game.

“This has officially become a rivalry,” said WSLM Broadcaster Matt Hein last night during the broadcast.

The Musketeers are 12-9 on the season and McBride is 92-60 in 7th year at Eastern.

The Lady Musketeers will face North Knox in the first game of the Regional competition at Paoli High School on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 10:30a. Other teams in this regional are Milan, North Knox, Forest Park.

According to Eastern Head Coach Mike McBride, the tickets will go on sale Monday morning at 8a — while supplies last. Admission is $7 per session; $10 both sessions.

WSLM will be broadcasting the game on WSLM 97.9 FM beginning with a pre-game show at 10:15a. Broadcasters will be Matt Hein, Mark Maudlin and Kevin Sease.

In this photo from Mark Maudlin, Eastern’s three seniors pose on the court with their hard-fought and much-earned Sectional 2A trophy. Having faced Paoli for the past two years and having lost to them twice – this was Eastern’s year to overcome and win.
In this photo shared from Ashley Batt, the Lady Musketeers pose on the court after their win against the Paoli Lady Rams, 40-38. Mike McBride and Mikie Batt are also shown.


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