Evergreen hit six 3-pointers for the game en route to a 52-40 win at Wauseon Thursday night in Northwest Ohio Athletic League girls basketball.
The Vikings took a 7-0 lead at the 4:34 mark of the first quarter when Kennedy Emmitt buried one of her two triples. They got it to as much as 12-2 in the first frame, but Wauseon pulled within 13-6 by quarter’s end.
The Indians had pulled within three (15-12) with the help of six points by Hayley Meyer in a little over two minutes into the second quarter. However, then Evergreen responded with a run of their own.
Macy Chamberlin converted in the paint, Emmitt knocked down her second 3-pointer, Chamberlin rattled one home from long range, Wauseon’s Kaylin Ehrsam hit a pair of free throws, then Chamberlin scored again to make it a 25-14 Viking lead with 1:47 left in the half.
Chamberlin led all scorers with 19 points. The Vikings also had Addison Ricker finish with 15 points and Emmitt 10.
“She’s such a general,” said Evergreen coach Brittaney Cymbolin of Chamberlin. “When we get in pressure situations, she takes over. She (puts) everybody on her back. Just like Lucy (Serna) does it on defense and rebounding. This group just really works well together. So it’s nice to coach such a wonderful group of kids.”
A Meyer drive and score, Ricker’s three-ball, followed by a Mackenzie Stasa triple for Wauseon got the margin down to nine, 28-19, at the half.
“Seiler gets those girls going, they work hard. You can tell that every single game,” Cymbolin said of Wauseon. “Hayley Meyer, what do you say about that kid. She’s a great player; she’s hard to stop. So we had to do our best to try to keep the ball out of her hands. We knew she was gonna get hers. But, we thought to ourselves, if she can get a little less than normal, that would help out.”
Meyer scored eight of her team-high 18 points in the second quarter. Stasa added 11 points for the Indians on the night.
But even though the Wauseon center was able to be effective, Evergreen’s coach liked the impact her team’s defense had on the game.
“I thought Lucy Serna did a great job on her (Meyer). Trying to stay straight up as much as she can. We had good helpside defense that were constantly pinching, our guards were putting pressure on their guards, I was really proud of the way they played defense tonight,” she said.
The Vikings extended the lead back to double digits by the end of the third.
Chamberlin went coast-to-coast for a bucket, then a little while later two free throws by Ricker plus a basket on an out-of-bounds play by her, gave them a 43-28 advantage at the 2:19 mark.
Stasa answered the last Ricker hoop with one of her own, but Chamberlin would execute another out-of-bounds play to perfection the next Viking possession, and with just 10 seconds left in the quarter, Evergreen’s Brooke Sintobin laid one in for a 47-30 lead going into the fourth.
The Indians managed to outscore the Vikings 10-5 in the fourth, however, it was not enough to erase the deficit.
Evergreen (10-6, 1-2 NWOAL) has a trio of home games this week. They welcome Fayette Tuesday, Archbold Thursday, and Hilltop on Saturday.
Wauseon (9-7, 1-2) traveled to Stryker Monday and is at Patrick Henry Thursday in league play.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.