The Chargers had two separate scoring runs where they outscored visiting Norwalk by 11 points in Tuesday’s 63-33 win in non-league action at Edison High School in Milan.
With the win, Edison continued its impressive season by improving to 12-4 overall, while the Truckers fell to 3-13.
The Chargers played aggressively on defense and forced Norwalk into a bevy of mental errors and turnovers that led to quick points on fast breaks.
“We watched tape of a few of Norwalk’s games and saw that they were really good with their dribble penetration, and so we told the girls that they had to be aggressive defensively to stop that,” Edison coach Tracey Moyer said. “I thought that they did a really good job of playing team defense and taking them out of what they do well, and then on the other end it led to some points.”
The Chargers matched their mantra of team defense with an equally unselfish brand of offense, as they consistently threw the extra pass to get a better shot off.
That unselfishness showed in the box score, where Edison had four players in double digits. Aliyah Caporini paced the Chargers with 15 points, while both Mariah Medina and Hannah Vitaz scored 14 points each, and Alana Fidler added 11 points.
At times, Norwalk did a good job executing coach Brock Manlet’s offense. But too often, they mishandled the ball under the heavy pressure of Edison’s defense, which was led by Vitaz underneath and Mariah Medina — who made a game of stealing the ball and running the distance of the court for easy lay-ins.
Edison led just 13-11 after one quarter, but extended that lead 32-17 by halftime with the first of two big outbursts. The Chargers took a 47-28 lead after three quarters, then blew the game open for good with a 16-5 scoring margin in the final quarter.
“I thought we made a lot of mistakes tonight that we can’t have,” Manlet said. “We turned the ball over and didn’t rebound very well, and I think that led to some more mistakes on defense. We did some nice things tonight, too.
“I thought at times we did a very good job of running the offense, and we did some things pretty well on defense,” he added. “But like we told the girls, you can’t allow the big runs and make that many mistakes and expect to win.”
Edison is at Port Clinton on Friday in SBC Bay Division play, while Norwalk is scheduled to entertain Lexington in non-league play on Saturday.
Lindsey Koenig 1-0—2; Elena Barber 4-3—11; Paige Maurer 2-2—6; Alex Nolan 2-4—9; Skylarr Story 2-1—5;. TOTALS 11-10—33.
Aliyah Caporini 4-5—15; Emma Houser 0-1—1; Mariah Medina 6-2—14; Molly Houser 0-2—2; Alana Fidler 5-1—11; Hannah Vitaz 5-4—14; Sam Smith 1-0—2; Jess Stoll 1-2—4. TOTALS 22-17—63.
Norwalk 11 6 11 5 — 33
Edison 13 19 15 16 — 63
3-point FGs: (N) Nolan (E) Caporini 2.
JV: Edison, 28-23