The Springfield Blue Devils were coming off a loss to Perrysburg in
which they shot 28-percent as a team but Monday in their regular season
finale the Blue Devils shot better than 50-percent for three quarters
and then held on to defeat Sylvania Southview, 46-41. It was senior night for the home team Cougars but it was the Blue Devils who seemed inspired by the evening.
The Springfield Blue Devils were coming off a loss to Perrysburg in which they shot 28-percent as a team but Monday in their regular season finale the Blue Devils shot better than 50-percent for three quarters and then held on to defeat Sylvania Southview, 46-41.
It was senior night for the home team Cougars but it was the Blue Devils who seemed inspired by the evening. Jumping out to a 9-0 lead, the Blue Devils did so by converting on four of their first five shots. Southview appeared rattled by the Springfield defensive pressure but settled down as the quarter progressed and by the end of the quarter had pulled within three, 14-11.
“I have no explanation for how we played. It was senior night but we had no intensity, no focus,” said Southview coach Todd Bostater. “We failed to execute all night. Give Springfield credit. They played well but we made it easy for them.”
It got no easier for the home team Cougars in the second quarter. The Blue Devils continued their hot shooting and refused to buckle under Southview’s defense.
Contributions were coming from everywhere for Springfield coach Mike Hamptons’ charges. By halftime, six different players had scored for the Blue Devils as they increased their lead over the Cougars to seven, 24-17.
“Everybody was focused,” said Hampton. “They really wanted it. The seniors led the way but everybody bought into it.”
Early in the second half there were signs that Springfield was beginning to unravel.
Unlike in the first half when the Blue Devils committed only five turnovers, Springfield turned the ball over five times alone in the third quarter. Fortunately for the Blue Devils, however, they continued their hot shooting while the Cougars remained cold.
In the final frame the contest heated up substantially. Springfield suddenly lost their hot hand and continued to struggle taking care of the ball. Meanwhile, the Cougars converted on five of their first seven shots, including two big threes, and with just under two minutes remaining in the game the Cougars had pulled within one point, 42-41, and, with possession of the ball, had a chance to take their first lead of the night.
Unfortunately for the Cougars, however, it was not to be their night. Over the next two minutes Southview turned the ball over four separate times while the Springfield ladies stepped up big at the foul line by converting on 5 of 7 opportunities to protect their victory.
Springfield’s upset win was a complete team effort. No less than nine different players found their way into the scorebook and only one player, Morgan Coulter, managed to score double figures. Coulter with 13 also pulled down 5 rebounds.
In contrast, Southview had only four players score. Freshmen Ariel Gaston and Tiffany Scott each had 14 and Afua Nantwi added 10. Only one other player, Jenna Vermilya, scored for the Cougars.
Both Springfield and Southview have completed their regular season and enter tournament play next Tuesday. Springfield ends with a 10-10 record while Southview stands at 11-9.