Evergreen girls basketball used a first quarter scoring burst, then some deadly fourth quarter foul shooting to finally get rid of a pesky Tinora squad, 50-43, to move to 18-2 on the season Tuesday at home.
The Vikings clinched the NWOAL title with a perfect 8-0 record last Thursday.
Gina Norden’s three-pointer 18 seconds into the game gave Tinora a quick start, but the Vikes answered with an 11-0 run in the next 2:20 to take an eight point lead.
Haili Mossing, Becca Jankowiak and Alyssa Noe tripled before Alyssa Noe scored off one of nine first quarter Tinora miscues to give the Vikings an 11-3 lead.
However, Alison Zipfel scored twice off the pressbreaker and Norden added a second triple and foul line jumper to keep the Rams within four before Rachael Noe’s putback gave Evergreen a 20-14 lead at the quarter.
The Rams got within 24-21 on Amber Schliesser’s hoop inside before Alyssa Noe went coast-to-coast on a steal and score and Mossing hit a baseline jumper just before the buzzer to put the Vikes up 28-21 at the half.
The Rams wouldn’t go away in the third as Cassie Siler’s basket with 2:47 left chopped the Viking lead to 32-30, but Eden Eisel scored back-to-back hoops, the last on a dump inside from Hannah Herr, and Mossing powered in a score in the last 30 seconds to give Evergreen a 38-33 lead heading into the fourth.
Karli Wagner’s triple and hoop inside kept the Rams in striking distance but Mossing went 6 for 6 from the foul stripe and Kaela Fauble was perfect on two more to keep the Rams at bay.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well tonight from the floor (32 percent) and went 0-for from the three point line the last three quarters and we haven’t done that all year,” stated Viking coach John Langenderfer. “But give Tinora credit, they made some shots I didn’t see them make on film and they slowed us down when we wanted to get in an up-and-down game.
“The big key was the way we shot from the foul line (15 for 19), especially in the fourth quarter, and the way we took care of the ball coming down the stretch. Those are the kind of things you have to do to win when you struggle from the field.”
While the Vikes forced those nine first quarter Ram turnovers and 21 for the game, they committed just nine on the night themselves.
Mossing’s 22 led all scorers while Alyssa Noe added 11 for Evergreen, who finishes their regular season at Toledo St. Ursula Saturday.
Evergreen then plays Gibsonburg in the opening round of the Division III sectional at Springfield next Wednesday.
Tinora was led by Schliesser who had 11 points.
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