Bryan survived missing 10 fourth quarter free throws when Kelly Miller hit the two the Golden Bears needed with 22 seconds left to finally subdue the scrappy Evergreen Vikings, 52-48, to stay unbeaten in NWOAL play at 2-0 Friday.
Three first quarter triples by Hannah Herr, Alyssa Noe and Abi Borojevich staked the Vikings to a 13-10 lead but Miller’s three-ball starting the second and three-point play around another Borojevich long ball forged Bryan back to even at 16-16 with 6:15 left in the half.
A pair of Borojevich free throws and Kelsie Komisarek’s putback gave Evergreen a four point lead with 4:22 left, however, the Vikings would not score again in the quarter.
During that time the Golden Bears scored the last nine points of the half on Alyssa Shindledecker’s three-pointer, a Kayla Arnold free throw, Allye Minor’s steal and score, then Arnold’s three from the right wing to take a 25-20 lead into the locker room.
Miller’s second triple of the night gave Bryan a 34-27 lead but Komisarek’s foul line jumper pulled Evergreen within 36-33 at the quarter break.
Jamie VanLoocke’s coast-to-coast drive to open the fourth chopped the Bears lead to 36-35 before Bryan countered with an 8-0 run spurred by Miller’s three-point play and another from Kennedy Lamberson to take a 46-36 lead with 5:23 left in the game.
Herr led a Viking comeback with a long deuce, a left handed drive, then an NBA range three and Bailie Sutter scored on a stickback with 36 ticks left to get Evergreen within 50-47 before Miller came through at the foul stripe.
The Vikings ice cold finish to the second quarter (0 for the last 9) proved to be the key as Evergreen shot just 33 percent from the floor compared to Bryan’s 48 percent.
The Vikes forced 23 Bryan turnovers while committing 15.
Miller led all scorers for Bryan with 18, while Herr led the Vikings with 13.
The Vikings are now 6-5 on the season and will play at Liberty Center in an NWOAL contest Thursday.
Reach Joe Blystone at firstname.lastname@example.org