Ovid-Elsie High School
Girls Varsity Basketball
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- Mar 9, 2023
- MARAUDERS: 35
The Ovid-Elsie Lady Marauders traveled to Dansville Thursday night to take on the Aggies for a Regional Title. Ovid-Elsie would emerge as champions with a 35-12 win.
"We knew we had to slow down their top scorers and we are certainly okay with keeping the game in the thirties," said Head Coach Ryan Cunningham. "Our kids played great defensively all the way around but I need to give a ton of credit to Hailee Campbell and Izzy Loynes. They were tasked with stopping their best players who scored twenty-four and seventeen on Tuesday for a combined forty-one points. Our girls held them to ten total points tonight. That won't show up in the scoring column, but those girls are a huge part of our success."
Braeden Tokar had a game-high 16 points to go along with 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 3 steals while Evalyn Cole added 10 points and 8 steals. Kiah Longoria had 6 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists while Ava Bates added a pair of free throws and Ellyanna Carman added a free throw.
"Tokar has been shooting lights out the past few games and her energy was contagious," Cunningham said about the junior forward. "She has stepped things up and she deserves a ton of credit as well."
Ovid-Elsie came out strong with a 10-2 first quarter and followed it up with a 12-2 second quarter to lead 22-4 at the break. OE held a slight 5-4 advantage in the third and finished it off with an 8-4 effort in the fourth.
"This was a very physical game and when they got frustrated, it got more physical. But our kids didn't back down," added Cunningham. "We showed some real toughness tonight and our kids stayed locked in."
The Lady Marauders handed out 10 assists on 13 made baskets and collected 11 steals off of 18 Aggie turnovers. Dansville held a slight 21-20 rebound advantage. Ovid-Elsie shot a respectable 41.9% from the field while holding the Aggies to just 14.8% and no three-point field goals.
"We wanted to throw different defenses at them and keep them off balance," said Cunningham. "They beat us at home earlier in the season and we were within three points late in the game. We knew we had it in us but even I have to admit that our defense was impressive tonight."
Ovid-Elsie (22-4) will travel to Springport High School on Tuesday to take on Blissfield (25-1) for the Quarter-Final matchup at 7:00 p.m. Blissfield beat last year's State Champ, Ypsi Arbor Prep, 50-38 in their Regional Final.