Wauseon used two huge defensive stands to make two big scoring runs, turning a close game into a comfortable 62-49 win over Evergreen Thursday in Northwest Ohio Athletic League girls basketball.
The Indians ran out to a 12-4 lead early when Autumn Pelok nailed a pair from long distance, Marisa Seiler got loose twice inside and Hayley Meyer also scored in close.
Ashlee Ricker scored on a third-chance putback, Macy Chamberlin tripled, and Bekah Bowser hit two more from outside to bring the Vikings to within 19-17 at the quarter break.
A Bowser 3-pointer at the 5:02 point of the second period gave the Vikings a 24-23 lead.
That was the last time Evergreen scored in the first half as Evergreen missed their last eight shots and committed six second quarter turnovers.
Wauseon took advantage by going on an 18-0 romp to turn that one-point deficit into a 41-24 lead.
Pelok, Seiler and Meyer hit 6-10 from the foul stripe, Seiler tripled from the corner and scored off a putback, then Kadence Carroll knocked home a three-ball with seven ticks left in the half.
“I’m going to go with luck,” explained Indian coach Dan Seiler of the run. “We were lucky to start hitting some shots. Evergreen plays as hard as any team we have played all year. Hats off to their student section over there, they were awesome.
“I thought we played well defensively where we rattled them a little bit. We sped them up a little faster.
“We usually press and people are used to seeing us do that. I pulled it off tonight and I think that threw everyone for a loop a little bit too because that isn’t the way we play. Normally I like to change things up a little but the girls kept playing and working hard.
When Bowser converted a Wauseon turnover into a bucket with 4:24 to go in the third, it brought Evergreen back to 47-36.
However, that would be the last Evergreen field goal for the next 9:29.
Meyer scored to finish the third, then Seiler put in eight straight in tight to give the Indians a 57-38 lead until Chamberlin ended the run with a bucket with 2:55 left.
“With Hayley playing as well as she has been playing it creates a really tough matchup especially for a team like Evergreen,” said Seiler. “Then with Marisa going inside out that also makes it tough on teams especially when the opponent puts someone smaller on her and we can send her to the post.”
For the game, Seiler dropped 32 points on the Vikes while Pelok added 15.
Bowser had 20 for Evergreen, five in the closing minute, while Chamberlin chipped in with 15.
Wauseon shot 45 percent, going 23-51 in the game. The Vikings went 19-51 from the field for the night.
Evergreen fell to 11-7 on the year, losing to Hilltop on Saturday 49-48.