Instead of their trademark attacking style of play where they try to take advantage of their athleticism, coach Tracey Moyer decided to down shift her team in an attempt to grind out an upset of the Rockets.
It almost worked, as they just a few plays short and the Rockets left town with a 34-28 win.
Oak Harbor improved to 10-3 overall and 4-2 in the Bay, while Edison fell to 7-5, 3-3.
“Listen, I’m telling you that are an athletic team and they are one of the up-and-coming programs in our league,” Oak Harbor coach Tom Kontak said. “Coach Moyer does a really good job with them, and believe me, we know when we head to their court that we are in for a battle.
“They slowed the game down and defensively they made it difficult on us,” he added. “We have a very unselfish team though and whether it is Logan (Harris), Sophie (Eli), or someone else, the whole team is happy just to get the win and they root for each other. Tonight, was one of those nights that was just a team effort and we are happy just getting a win.”
Edison went into a stall-type offense midway through the first quarter and found success when it found themselves tied at five apiece after a quarter. The Chargers continued controlling the pace through the second quarter taking the lead 11-9 with three minutes left in the first half. That’s when Oak Harbor closed the half on a 7-0 run, thanks to three straight Edison turnovers and a pair of defensive breakdowns.
Eli sparked the Rockets to begin the second half with one of her four steals
that led to an Abby Dornbusch trip to the free throw line, stretching their run to 12-0. With all the momentum going against them, Edison somehow climbed its way back into the game as it managed to run clock while making up points.
Mariah Medina and Hannah Vitaz were instrumental in the comeback. MMedina led the Chargers in scoring with nine points and picked up four steals as they found themselves down 30-26 midway through the fourth.
“We came in with the idea of slowing the pace of the game and limiting Harris’ touches,” Moyer said. “This is a team that loves to go-go-go and I asked them to change it up this week — they bought into it and played so hard. I am proud of the effort they gave and selflessly bought into the game plan we came up with as coaches.
“Vitaz is a tough player and she held her own with Harris,” she added. “Anytime you guard her without a lot of help and hold her to just seven points, you have done something. I thought we executed everything perfectly most of the game. We just had a few little errors to end the first half on a four-point swing when we looking to take the final shot and turned it over twice. Then, we carried that over into the start of the third and that was the difference.”