The Chargers wasted no time jumping out to a nine-point first quarter lead that they maintained throughout in a 41-31 win over the Flyers in Norwalk.
Edison (12-8) dominated the game on the defensive end of the court from the opening tip until the final horn. The Chargers gave the Lady Flyers (12-7) fits all game long as junior Mariah Medina and the Chargers stopped the ball in transition and stayed up in the face of the St. Paul shooters, rarely giving the Lady Flyer a decent look at the basket.
“We asked the girls to come out fast and try to get the lead early,” Edison coach Tracey Moyer said. “We knew that they have fallen behind some this year and that they were able to come back in quite a few of them to get the win. We knew we had to play hard for four quarters, because St. Paul is a really good team and they were going to keep coming at us. I thought we did a good job of stopping them whenever they looked like they were going to go on a rally.”
After scoring just six points in the first quarter, the Lady Flyers got on track as Camille Endsley scored four and Meredith Dilger added another three points to chip into the Edison lead before going into the half at 25-19.
Unfortunately for St. Paul, the second quarter was their high mark, as it could only muster a total of 12 points in the second half as the Charger defense played solid the remainder of the game.
Morgan Baxter led the Lady Flyers in scoring with eight points, all of them coming in the second half. After scoring six in the first half in an effort to keep the Lady Flyers in the game Meredith Dilger was held scoreless in the second half as Edison pestered her with multiple coverages.
“These girls have to make a choice,” St. Paul coach Vicky Mahl said. “It really is that simple, they have to make a decision about whether they want to play basketball or not. On Saturday they played a great game (vs. Western Reserve) and then tonight they didn’t give the effort they needed. You have to give Edison credit, they have a good squad over there, too. We have a big game coming up with Mapleton, it’s a conference game and we can’t afford another conference loss heading into the tournament.”
Alana Fidler paced the Edison offense in the early going scoring eight of her 12 points in the first half. Vitaz also scored in double-digits with 10 points as she dominated on the blocks on both ends of the court to play a big role in the win. Then when the Lady Flyers got back to within 36-31, Edison’s freshman, Aliyah Caporini, shut the door with five points in the final quarter — Caporini made all three of her free throws and completed a three-point-play in that final quarter.
“This is a good non-conference win for us,” Moyer said. “We were able to spread the scoring out among the team and that is what we try to do each timeout. I like the way they have been playing lately and I feel good about where we are as we head closer to the tournament.”
Edison hosts Willard in an SBC Bay division game on Saturday, while St. Paul visits Mapleton in a Firelands Conference matchup.
Sabrina Downey 1-0—2; Mariah Medina 1-0—2; Aliyah Caporini 2-5—9; Molly Houser 3-0—6; Alana Fidler 3-6—12; Hannah Vitaz 3-4—10. Totals: 13-15—41.
ST. PAUL (12-7)
Morgan Baxter 4-0—8; Anna Lukasko 2-0—4; Megan Hammersmith 2-1—5; Camille Endsley 2-0—4; Danielle Smith 2-0—4, Meredith Dilger 2-2—6. TOTALS: 14-3—31.
Edison 15 10 8 8 — 41
St. Paul 6 13 6 6 — 31
3-point FGs: None.