Two nights earlier, on Monday, Feb. 14, Macy Chamberlin went just 1-12 from the field in a 50-39 loss to Delta.
On Wednesday with the Panthers leaving the Evergreen sophomore running free much of the night, Chamberlin hit a pair of early triples — including one that wasn’t — then rattled off 12 straight points in a four minute span late to drive the Vikings into the finals with a 58-45 win.
Due to a Level 2 Snow Emergency in Fulton County Saturday, the Vikings’ meeting with Wauseon in the sectional final was postponed to Monday. The game will be held at Lake High School tonight with tip-off slated for 7:15 p.m.
After Chamberlin and Alani Haas had traded first quarter triples, Chamberlin knocked home an elbow jumper that was credited by the board operator as a 3-pointer to give the Vikes the lead.
The error went unnoticed by the main table and the Panther bench and the teams played on.
Delta went on a 9-0 second quarter run as Haas hit again from outside, and Sophia Burres got a pair from in tight to give the Panthers a 19-14 lead.
Evergreen answered with an 8-0 burst capped by Addie Ricker’s putback to take a 22-19 advantage.
Kate Friess’ triple gave Delta a two-point lead but Chamberlin scored off a turnover to bring Evergreen even at the half.
Evergreen climbed all over the offensive glass in the third as the Vikings scored five second-chance hoops, three by Jocelyn Schuster to keep the Vikings close.
After Kendall Sprow’s fastbreak hoop pushed a Delta one-point lead to 38-35, Lucy Serna and Jessica Riggs each scored on stickbacks to give Evergreen a lead they never lost.
“We talked about boxing out and holding our box outs,” Viking coach Brittaney Cymbolin said of her team’s work on the glass. “I thought we did a lot better job holding our box outs tonight and then going to get it.”
Then it was CT, “Chamberlin Time”.
Chamberlin muscled in a bucket with 2.5 left in the third, then after Haas’ steal and score began the fourth, she hit 3-4 from the foul line and got the Vikes’ sixth putback of the half for a 46-40 Viking lead.
Burres’ triple cut that in half but Chamberlin answered back with two more buckets, including a triple from the head of the key to put Evergreen up 51-43.
“We looked at the game Monday night and we saw the adjustments we needed to make,” explained Cymbolin. “Someone had to step up and obviously we took that to heart. They all shot with confidence.”
Chamberlin led all scorers with 23 points. Delta, who ended at 6-16, was led by Burres’ 13.
Swanton girls eliminated by Lake
In the other semifinal, Swanton stayed close to Lake for a quarter plus, but the Flyers opened it up from the middle of the second on rolling to a 64-23 win over the Bulldogs.
Lake shot just 2-10 and had eight turnovers in the first, but held a 4-3 lead thanks to the Bulldogs going 1-8 from the floor and losing the basketball 11 times on miscues.
The Bulldogs actually took an 8-7 lead with 6:50 left in the half on Trista Eitniear’s 3-pointer, then again 10-9 when Emma Crow went crossover to the rim with 5:37 left.
However, things went downhill from there when Delani Robinson hit the first of her four triples for the game, and Ava Ayers also hit from long range to gain a 13-10 Lake lead and the Flyers kept extending from that point.
After being up 20-11 at the half, Robinson hit two from outside the arc, Ayers and Kelsie Gladieux each added another to counter Emma Sullivan’s three third quarter hoops plus some to give Lake a 36-19 lead.
The Flyers outscored Swanton 28-4 in the fourth, shooting 11-18 from the field.
Robinson and Ayers had 14, and Gladieux 13 to lead Lake.
Swanton had 42 turnovers in the game.