The 10-0 Archbold Blue Streaks ran into a scrappy bunch of Vikings at the BIG HOUSE on CR 6 but held off the charge for an initial 39-35 league victory.
Evergreen's Alyssa Noe, back in action after a torn ACL her junior season, went at the Archbold defense for four quarters until fouling out late in the contest. Noe finished the with six points, but her aggressiveness on the defensive side helped her team battle to the end. (Photo by Bill Bray, NWOAL publicist.)
Defensively, both teams played a masterful game. Archbold was forced into 21 turnovers while Evergreen gifted the Blue Streaks with 18 turnover. Here, Archbold's Alyssa Ziegler is pressured by Jamie VanLoocke during a full court press. (Photo by Bill Bray, NWOAL publicist)
In the fourth quarter, Evergreen, after trailing 33-24 heading into the final period, outscored Archbold 11-6 down the stretch to keep themselves in the game. The Vikings also got three rainbow threes from Lexie Shipman that also kept the game interesting.
Lexie Shipman finished as Evergreen's leading scorer with 13 points. Her play neutralized Archbold's three-point threat Kierstyn Repp who also tallied 13 points with just two makes from beyond the arc. (Photo by Bill Bray, NWOAL Publicist.)
Each of Evergreen's starting five scored points in the game. Hannah Herr finished with nine points, Noe had six, Abi Borojevich had five and VanLoocke finished with two. The Vikings did sink five three-point shots, but Archbold had the key make of the night when Morgan Miller fought under the basket, got the ball, and after a few tries, made the important two points to put the Streaks up 37-32 with 58 seconds left. Miller ended the night with eight points while Andi Peterson added six points. Three players score four points apiece including Emie Peterson, Brooke Kohler and Lily Krieger.
Morgan Miller's aggressive play near the basket proved to be the difference maker. (Photo by Bill Bray, NWOAL Publicist.)
WIth the win the Bluestreaks move to 11-0 overall and 1-0 in the NWOAL while the Vikings slip to 5-4 and 0-1 in the NWOAL.