The Eagles pulled off the biggest upset of the girls basketball season at the right time.
East Lake (15-10) eliminated top-seeded PHU (22-4) 69-57 on Wednesday and will play at home Friday against North Port in the district final.
PHU’s all-time leading scorer, Kristine Fuller, was held to 14 points and fouled out late in the game. The Eagles were led by Emily Dine, who scored 23. Amber Jennings added 16, Marlyce Meredith 14 and Jenny Pavlik 10.
“It was the most exciting game that I’ve ever been a part of, and we had to go into the lion’s den to get it,” East Lake coach Steve Plummer said. “It is a shame that the season had to end that way for (Fuller). She’s such a great player. But we played some really good defense on her and we hit our shots.”
Plummer used Bryanna Joslin and Amanda Barnett in a box and one defense to try to frustrate Fuller. After losing to PHU twice this season, Plummer knew what his team had to do.
“We can play with them,” he said. “We had four good days of practice to prepare. Our box and one defense worked very well.”