Arcanum's Taylor Gray scores her 1,000th career Lady Trojans point in the team's win over the Eaton Lady Eagles. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Taylor Gray scores 1,000th point in Arcanum win over Eaton

Arcanum's Taylor Gray scores 31-points to put her over the 1,000 point career scoring mark in win over the Lady Eagles

EATON – The Arcanum Lady Trojans, the State’s No. 3 OHSAA DIII team took its 14-1 record on the road and came home with a convincing 68-26 non-conference win over the Eaton Lady Eagles to up its season record to 15-1.

Taylor Gray’s 1,000th career point to high-lighted the Lady Trojans win over the DII Lady Eagles as the senior scorched the nets for 31-points in the win.

“It’s just a matter if she wants to do it or puts her mind to it and that is the Taylor we have had all year,” said Arcanum coach, Abbey Moore.

Eaton matched up well in the opening quarter holding Arcanum to 11-points while scoring 9-points for an Arcanum 11-9 lead with a quarter in the book. Hailey Unger paced the Lady Trojans with 6-points, Gray 3-points and Meghan McCans added 2-points.

“It was a different matchup for us so it took a little bit to figure that out,” Moore stated. “We needed to figure out what lineup we needed on the floor at what times.”

Arcanum exploded for 25 second quarter points behind the inside scoring of Gray’s 13 points including 3-3 at the charity stripe, McCans and Madelyn Fearon each buried two 3-pointers while holding Eaton to 6-points sending the teams to the break with the Lady Trojans leading 36-15.

The Arcanum girls took the third quarter 21-8 with Unger scoring 11-points including a trey and 2-2 at the line, Gray with 7-points and an Emilie Fout 3-pointer.

“We were able to wear them down and it started with defense when we went on that run,” said Coach Moore. “It was defense making the plays that led to easy transition points and that got us rolling. That is where we have the success.”

Gray entered the game needing 30-points to reach 1,000 and took the floor in period No. 4 with 993-points. With a lopsided score and a running clock time was quickly passing but by midway through the final period, Gray canned her 12th basket of the night to go along with 6-free throws to give her 7-points in the opening four minutes of fourth quarter action for her 1,000th career point bringing the game to a halt as Coach Moore presented the game ball to Gray who in turn ran into the stands to present the ball to her parents.

Having been fouled on the basket, Gray retuned to the court to sink her seventh free throw of the night for her 1,001st point before retiring to the bench along with all the Lady Trojans starters.

The final period went to Arcanum by an 11-3 score giving the Lady Trojans a 42-point win. Gray accounted for eight fourth quarter points and Emilie Fout nailed her second triple of the night.

“Everybody stepped up tonight,” Moore said. “Emilie Fout had some big shots tonight and gained some confidence. Kaitlyn Toy always comes up with those big rebounds and comes out of nowhere. That effort and that determination with her has shown through this season and looking forward to what those two can bring to the team.”

Gray led Arcanum and all scorers with a game high 31-points.

BOXSCORE

ARCANUM 68, EATON 26

ARCANUM – T. Gray 31, H. Unger 17, M. McCans 8, M. Fearon 6, Emilee Fout 6, – TOTALS 19 9-11 7 68

EATON – A. Mowen 10, C. Miller 4, E. Haynes 3, L. Shepherd 3, K. Mize 2, A. Kramer 2, O. Orr 2 – TOTALS 8 4-10 2 26

3-POINTERS

Arcanum – 7 (M. McCans 2, M. Fearon 2, Emilee Fout 2, H. Unger 1)

Eaton – 2 (A. Mowen 2)

SCORE by QUARTERS

11-25-21-11 68 Arcanum

09-06-08-03 26 Eaton

Hailey Unger scores for the Lady Trojans in Arcanum's non-conference win over Eaton. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Meghan McCans scores one of her two 3-pointers in Arcanum's road win over the Lady Eagles. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Madelyn Fearon brings the ball up-court for Arcanum in the Lady Trojans win at Eaton. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Arcanum sophomore Emilie Fout buries one of her two treys in the Lady Trojans 68-26 win over Eaton. (Gaylen Blosser
The Lady Trojans (L-R) Hailey Unger, Taylor Gray, Kaitlyn Toy and Meghan McCans line up for an inbounds play in win at Eaton. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
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Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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