By Chris Graham, SWMsports.net
For the first time since 2011 the Lady Eddies made it to the Regional semifinals. The 15-7 Eddies traveled to Battle Creek Harper Creek to take on the 19-3 Otsego Bulldogs.
In spite of getting off to a slow start Edwardsburg kept it close throughout the first quarter. The 1-3-1 pressure put on by the Bulldogs made life difficult for the guards as it took away passing lanes, and forced the Eddies into some shots. At the end of the first quarter the Eddies trailed 11-7.
The second quarter saw the Bulldogs flex their muscle. They were led by freshman Mattison Rayman, who poured in 12 points in the first half. Liz Barwegen did most of her damage in the first half as well as she scored eight of her nine points in the first and second quarter. The Eddies countered with Kaitlyn Zarycki and Savannah Dixon. They each turned in five points in the first half, while the other Eddies scored only four points. That left Edwardsburg with a 33-14 halftime deficit.
The second half was more of the same as hole the Eddies found themselves in only grew. Edwardsburg was able to stay relatively close in terms of their rebounding. They were undersized compared to the Bulldogs, but still managed to pull in 32 rebounds, 16 of those offensive which helped create second chance points.
The final score, 52-30, does not truly reflect how hard fought the game was for Edwardsburg. The Eddies went 4-17 from distance, and shot 11-54 overall. Dixon and Brayden Curtis each had seven points, while Samantha Ekanayake had six points.
The stat line that sticks out the most would be points in the paint. The size truly won the game for Otsego as they poured in 36 points in the paint, while the Eddies could only manage 12 points from close range.
It was a terrific season for Edwardsburg who regained their District Champion title again. The Eddies could return all but the one graduating senior, Gabi Fonseca. The future is bright for the Lady Eddies basketball program.