TOLEDO – Because of an injury, Evergreen allowed St. Ursula senior Sydney Enck to score one final basket in her final home game 10 seconds into the contest.
From that point on nothing came easy for the Arrows as the NWOAL champion Vikings blew the game open in the second quarter and extended the lead in the second half for a 58-30 win that finished their regular season at 19-2.
“They were pretty big and physical and they tried to bang us around a little bit,” explained Viking coach John Langenderfer. “It was a good game to get us ready for the tournament because we made them really work for points and at times we had to grind for points too. Our press was the neutralizer and Alyssa Noe did a great job at the top of it disrupting what they wanted to do so I was very happy with us defensively.”
Kaela Fauble’s hoops knotted the game after the Arrows opening score – then Edel Eisel took over.
The 5’8” senior drained the next nine Viking points, hitting a triple, a foul line jumper, a pair of free throws and an up and under left-handed drive to give the Vikes an 11-5 lead.
April Galloway split a pair from the line and scored on a drive to get St. Ursula within three but that would be as close as the Arrows could come to catch up the rest of the night as Hannah Herr’s drive to close the quarter ignited a 10-0 run.
Eisel’s pair of baskets along with Haili Mossing’s baseline power move put Evergreen up 21-8 and the Vikings held the Arrows without a field goal for nearly an eight minute span, while forcing eight second quarter turnovers.
Mossing’s long range three-ball with 32 seconds left in the half along with Rachael Noe’s four free throws doubled the Vikings lead at 28-14 at intermission.
That lead stayed times two heading into the fourth thanks to another pair of Mossing hoops at 38-19.
Alyssa Noe’s three-point play started the fourth, then Eisel and Mossing traded assists to each other for scores before Becca Jankowiak scored on an NBA right to left curl throught the key and score to put the game away.
Evergreen forced 24 Arrow turnovers while committing only eight.
Eisel’s 24 led all scorers while Mossing added 13.
No St. Urusla player hit double figures as the Arrows finished at 6-16 heading into the tournament.
Evergreen opens tournament play Wednesday at Springfield High School in the opening starting at 6:15 p.m. against Gibsonburg.
Swanton plays in the nightcap against Woodmore with the winners playing Saturday in the Division III sectional title game.
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