Chamberlain Leads Evergreen Girls Over Delta in Sectionals
Sophomore Macy Chamberlain scored 10 of her game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter as the Evergreen Lady Vikings took control of the game, which had been tight since the opening tip, defeating the Delta Lady Panthers 58-45 in a DIII Sectional Semi-Final girls basketball game played at Sylvania Southview High School. It was a bounce-back victory for Evergreen after having lost to these same fellow NWOAL foe Panthers, 50-39, just days earlier.
“We knew Kelsey (Delta coach Gillen) and her kids play really hard. We put in a new offense to counter what they did to us the last time they played us,” explained Viking coach Brittaney Cymbolin. “But their kids played really hard and we’re really excited that our kids listened and cut to the ball and they ended up getting nice stops at the end.”
Chamberlain opened the Evergreen scoring with a three-pointer, a precursor, as it turned out, of what was to come. With Delta employing a highly effective shut-down defense on Viking scoring machine, Bekah Bowser, Chamberlain and her teammates had to pick up the slack. “It was definitely a team effort. A lot of us stepped up.” said Chamberlain, acknowledging what it took to replace Bowser’s 18 points per game.
“We actually talked about that after the first time we played them,” said Coach Cymbolin. “Bekah had a 22-point night and I told them in order to win we need you guys, you four, to step up. And they did.”
The Lady Panthers kept the pressure on the entire contest until about halfway through the final quarter when their shooting went cold and they committed several turnovers while scrambling to get back in the game. Evergreen held a slim one-point lead after the first quarter at 11-10 and the game was tied at 24 at halftime. Both offenses were clicking in the third quarter with the Vikes scoring a bit more to take a 41-38 advantage into the fourth. With Chamberlain running the offense and scoring almost at will, Evergreen outscored Delta 17-7 for the final 13-point margin.
Adding to Chamberlain’s 23 in the scoring column for the Lady Vikings was Lucy Serna with nine points. Bowser and Jocelyn Schuster had six points each, Lydia Valentine and Addison Ricker scored five points apiece, and Jessica Riggs and Brooke Sintobin each had two.
Delta also placed eight players on the scoring stat sheet led by Sophia Burres with 13 points and Alani Haas with 10. Khloe Weber had six points, Kate Friess scored five, Kendal Sprow added four, Grace Munger had three and Jersey Irelan and Olivia Smith each had two.
Evergreen moves on to face another NWOAL opponent in the Wauseon Lady Indians on Saturday at 3:00 PM at Sylvania Southview. Delta’s season is now complete.
Pictured: Macy Chamberlain shoots from 12 feet out.
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