Viking mentor Brittaney Cymbolin was doing her best NHL hockey coach imitation for the last 12 minutes of her team’s game against Cardinal Stritch Tuesday, making changes in waves.
That was because by midway through the third quarter, Evergreen had rolled up a 38-10 lead on their way to a 60-18 romp over the Cardinals.
After a 58-49 win over Whiteford, the Vikings are now 2-3 on the season.
Evergreen didn’t exactly come out filling the hoop, going 4 of 17 in the first quarter.
However, a couple of Abi Borojevich buckets, one by Savannah VanOstrand on a pass from Kelsie Komisarek, and VanOstrand’s drop inside to Naomi Brand helped stake the Vikings to a 12-2 lead.
The Vikings’ trapping defense caused eight first quarter Stritch turnovers.
That number exploded in the second to 13, and the Vikes got hot in the last five minutes as a rain of three pointers began to fall.
“I thought our girls did a good job of taking away the next pass and recognizing the open person and making the correct rotations to that person,” Cymbolin said of her team’s defensive presence.
“They worked extremely hard when we found ourselves out of position and get back to win 50/50 balls. I also think we had our best rebounding game of the season (a 39-16 advantage).”
Borojevich hit from the wing, Komisarek stuck one from the right side then in the corner, and Kennedi Keifer followed with a long range bomb to balloon the Viking lead to 28-6 at the half.
“We talked about having the ability to hit shots to be able to win games,” said Cymbolin. “I felt after the first quarter, we had some kids step up and really take some responsibility or hitting shots in the second quarter, and that went into the second half.”
Maddie Peluso’s stop and go move, another triple from Borojevich, VanOstrand’s hoop from Komisarek, and a Borojevich jumper from midrange gave Evergreen a 28-point margin halfway through the third when Cymbolin began line changes every two minutes the rest of the way.
Keifer and Peluso each hit a three-ball, while Jordan Lumbrezer and Paige Radel got into the scoring column to help finish out the game.
Borojevich led all scorers with 19 and the Vikings forced 33 turnovers overall.
Evergreen committed 11, including five in the fourth quarter.
The Vikings host Delta tonight and visit Pettisville on Saturday.
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