The last time 64 points were scored in a Delta-Evergreen girls basketball game was probably in the first half of any game the last umpteen years.
However, that total this year was for the entire game as the Panthers overcame 23 turnovers, forcing the Vikings into an 18 percent shooting performance in a 38-26 win at Evergreen Friday.
“A lot of those turnovers were because of their defense,” explained Panther coach Ryan Ripke.”I mean they got right up in us. Maddie (Mattimore) and Abby (Freeman) were pretty much doubled all night when we were on offense. 23 turnovers against them, I’ll take that.
“Obviously on defense it doesn’t matter what the other team shoots, if we don’t get rebounds it doesn’t matter because they will score second chance. We did a great job on the defensive glass. Mary Miller, Darian Elendt, Hayley Callahan, we did a great job of rebounding the basketball.”
Emily Clifton’s left wing jumper 32 seconds into the contest gave Delta an early lead that turned into 6-0 on Callahan’s layup against the press and Clifton’s putback with 5:23 left in the first.
The lead became 10-2 on Miller’s second chance score halfway through the quarter before Alyssa Noe’s triple broke the ice for the Vikings from the field.
Noe’s drive and 3 of 4 from the line accounted for all eight Viking first quarter points, but Callahan’s offensive rebound basket and Elendt’s score off a lob gave the Panthers a 14-8 lead.
Mattimore’s triple and Freeman’s pair from the stripe made the lead double digits at 19-8 with 7:16 left in the half.
That’s when the Viking pressure forced four straight turnovers but Evergreen could only get a Bailie Sutter fastbreak hoop and Hannah Herr’s drive out of it to slice the lead to seven before Callahan’s basket made it a nine point lead at halftime.
“I told the girls it’s a lot of fun when Maddie and Abby can combine for 46 points like they did the other night (against Wauseon) and we can win by almost 30,” said Ripke. “But it’s also a lot of fun when Hayley Callahan can lead us in scoring and Mary Miller can contribute and Emily Clifton can contribute and that’s something we’ve been working very hard on in getting everyone to contribute.”
Points were still at a premium in the second half as Evergreen forced 14 more Panther turnovers but Delta held the Vikings in check as the home team shot just 6 of 31 for the half. Delta outrebounded Evergreen in the second half 23-15 and held a 35-26 edge for the game.
“This is my first win (at Evergreen),” stated Ripke. “Obviously we have to come back here later in the season. I think since our girls have won five in a row now, we’ve been gaining more and more confidence. We are doing it different ways. Tonight was a big win because Evergreen had been gaining a lot of confidence, they had won four in a row so they came in very confident as well.”
Noe’s 13 led all scorers while Callahan’s 10 led Delta.
Birds fight back to defeat Vikes
Pettisville made the most of the free throws they had Tuesday, hitting 5 of 6 in the last 1:16 of the game to rebound from an early 11-point deficit to defeat Evergreen, 43-39, to go to 8-2 on the season.
“We talked a little in the locker room after and there were a lot of things in the game that didn’t go our way,” said Blackbird coach Jason Waldvogel. “But we found some things that worked a little. That is one scrappy bunch, coach Cymbolin has got them playing really hard and they don’t give up. I think we were outplayed as far as playing hard for quite a few minutes of the game and we need to correct that, but our girls stayed tough and we survived the turnovers and bounced back.”
The Vikings’ trapping, scrambling defense forced nine turnovers in the first nine minutes of the game to race out to an 11 point lead.
After Sami Tilley, Alexa Leppelmeier and Morgan Leppelmeier had given the Birds a 6-2 lead, Alyssa Noe and Hannah Herr ripped back-to-back triples to give the Vikes the lead before freshman Abi Borojevich knocked down three straight wing jumpers, one a three-ball to give Evergreen a 17-10 lead at the quarter.
Baskets from Noe and Bailie Sutter starting the second quarter bumped that score to 21-10 at the 6:48 mark of the second but Evergreen misfired on the next 11 shots of the half.
During that time, Pettisville came back on Morgan Leppelmeier’s jumper in the key, a lob to Nichole Foor for two more, an Alexa Leppelmeier three-pointer and another from Elizabeth Beck with 1:20 left in the half to knot the score at intermission.
Pettisville regained the lead and bumped the run to 15-0 on Morgan Leppelmeier’s offensive rebound hoop with 5:53 left in the third before Noe split a pair of free throws with 5:04 left to break a nine and a half minute scoring drought.
Evergreen fought back on Noe’s cross court pass to Sutter for a basket and Herr with a drive to the hoop, a putback off the glass and free throws to give the Vikings a 29-25 lead.
Morgan Leppelmeier’s six points helped the Blackbirds regain a 34-31 lead but Borojevich hit from way out with 17 seconds left to tie the score heading into the fourth.
Brandi Schnitkey’s steal and score after Alexa Leppelmeier hit both ends of the one-and-one gave Pettisville a four point lead again with 6:20 to go.
Herr’s triple and Noe’s two free throws put the Vikings back on top 39-38 at the 3:17 mark.
Both teams missed opportunites the next two plus minutes, but when Foor was fouled on a rebound with 1:16 left, the 6’ junior cashed in with a pair from the line to put the Birds back up 40-39.
After Noe’s shot inside rattled in-and-out, Morgan Leppelmeier hit 1 of 2 free throws. And after Borojevich missed back iron on a three-ball, Alexa Leppelmeier scored two more with seven seconds left.
Morgan Leppelmeier led all scorers with 16 while Alexa Leppelmeier added 10.
Herr led the Vikings, now 4-3, with 15 points. Noe and Borojevich each had 10.
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