Even though the Lady Patriots prevailed 42-26, Lady Eagles coach Tiffany Dirks was still proud of her team's performance.
"This team has had to overcome so many emotional obstacles in the last 12 months," said Dirks. "We had a very emotional start to the game and struggled to get going. I am proud that the girls played hard, and tonight's performance was understandable."
The Lady Eagles trailed 9-5 after the first quarter but ran into trouble in the second period, managing only a single point while the Lady Patriots scored 12 to lead 21-6 at halftime.
Pierce City was unable to right the ship in the third period and was outscored 14 to 5. Pierce City woke up in the final eight minutes and outperformed East Newton 15 to 7, but it wasn't enough to overcome the deficit created in the first three periods.
Krishna Merriman led Pierce City in scoring with 11 points. Kaelyn Osborn and Christine Younker added 6 points each, and Megan Golubski finished with 3 points.
"Doug meant so much to a lot of people." said Dirks. "His influence, love and impact on the school will never be forgotten."
The Lady Eagles will be in action on Friday at Wheaton. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.