For the umpteenth time this season, Brittaney Cymbolin’s Evergreen Vikings forced a dump truck load of first half turnovers.
Against Fayette, her Vikings turned those Eagle mistakes into baskets, taking a 33-8 intermission lead and coasting to a 63-40 win to jump above the .500 mark at 8-7 for the season.
“One thing we got away from that we did in the beginning of the year is we usually play for the play,” stated Cymbolin. “We play to win plays. In the last few games we were playing to win games with one play. When we slow down and play to win each play and get stops on defense and go one at a time, you add all those plays up then we win games.
“When we look at a stop and a score, then another stop and a score that’s when we find the most success.”
Evergreen started slow as Jamie VanLoocke’s first minute three-pointer was the only Viking field goal the first four minutes.
Then came five of the eight first quarter Fayette errors and Evergreen finished on a 12-1 run to finish the stanza.
Alyssa Noe’s drive and scoop, Bailie Sutter’s putback basket, and triples from Sutter and Abi Borojevich boosted the Viking lead to 17-4.
As a result, that 12-1 roll turned into a 28-3 barrage in the next seven minutes.
VanLoocke opened the second with a wing jumper, and Noe went coast-to-coast on a steal to make it 21-4.
Kaitlin Brubaker stopped the bleeding momentarily with an Eagle basket, but Hannah Herr and Noe had consecutive steal and scores, Borojevich hit from deep on the left side and Kelsie Komisarek nailed a three-ball to rocket the Viking lead to 33-6 before Brubaker ended the quarter with a Fayette rebound hoop.
The Eagles committed 17 first half turnovers that led directly to 19 Viking points.
The Eagles made a short third quarter run behind Rhys Ruger’s three-pointer and four straight points from Janaya Hibbard to cut the Vikes’ lead to 35-15 before a pair of Noe triples and another VanLoocke hoop after a turnover extended the lead to 44-15. From there, the Vikings looked like the Pittsburgh Penguins, making line changes every two to three minutes the rest of the way.
Mataya Rufenacht scored nine of her team high 13 points in the fourth for Fayette as the Eagles cut into the Viking lead to get as close as 19.
Noe’s 16 points led a very balanced Evergreen attack.
For the game, Evergreen forced 29 Eagle turnovers while committing 12.
The Vikings shot 25 for 68 for the game after starting 5 for 20 in the first quarter. Fayette (0-18) was 14 for 46 from the floor.
Evergreen hosts Delta in an NWOAL contest Thursday and Hilltop on Saturday. Fayette hosts Edon Thursday in BBC action.
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