It was a clean sweep for the Edwardsburg Eddies this week. On Monday night they took on the Niles Vikings. Kaitlyn Zarycki and Abbey Krugh carried Edwardsburg offensively that game. Edwardsburg scored 75 on that night and beat the Vikings, 75-33.
Wednesday night was a slow start for the Eddies as Vicksburg slowed the game down. Eventually, the dam broke and the turnovers started piling up for the Bulldogs. The Eddies were able to convert those turnovers into points. Edwardsburg pulled away and beat Vicksburg 61-28.
Three Rivers was the next challenge for the Eddes and it was for the district championship on Friday night. It was a hotly contested game from the beginning. The player’s emotions and energy were overflowing into the audience that gathered to watch the game.
Both teams traded blows early on with Edwardsburg taking the lead at the end of the 1st quarter, 11-5. Zarycki started things off for the Eddies with 6 points in the quarter, and Krugh added the other 5. Kali Heivilin was the lone scorer for the Wildcats with 5 points.
Edwardsburg would extend their lead in the second quarter behind 5 more points from Zarycki, while they also had contributions from Kaitlynn Allen, Chloe Bartz, and Claire Bartz each had 2 points. Heivilin was able to receive help from Hadley Miller, Alivia Knapp, and Alaina Abnet. At halftime, the Eddies led 22-13.
Halftime was a welcomed sight for both teams as the starters remained in the game for the bulk of the first half. Three Rivers came out slugging in the third and fourth quarter. They were able to cut the Eddies lead down to 6 at one point before the Eddies pulled away. Zarycki was able to score 8 more points for the Eddies in the third quarter, while Claire Bartz had 4, and Krugh 2 more. Heivilin threw in 5 points, while Knapp chipped in 3, and Miller 2 respectively. The Eddies lead grew, and at the end of 3, it was 36-24
A subplot for most of the game was the fact that Zarycki was chasing the Edwardsburg all-time scoring mark, for boys or girls basketball. In 2013, Josh Kozinski was able to solidify the mark with 1,580 points. Zarycki came into the contest sitting at 1,567 points, needing only 13 to tie and 14 to break. She not only caught Kozinski, but passed him in the third quarter of the game Friday night. After scoring 28 points Zarycki now sits alone at the top of the record book with 1,595.
Edwardsburg would make the night twice as sweet by beating Three Rivers 56-42. Zarycki tallied 9 in the 4th quarter, while Krugh had 7 points, and Claire Bartz 4 points. Hadley Miller was able to break through with 6 points of her own, and Heivilin again found the bucket often as she scored 11 points.
On Monday night the Edwardsburg Eddies will face the Hamilton Hawkeyes who beat Holland Christian 49-32. Hamilton is 22-0 on the year and is the same team that beat the Lady Eddies in the Regional Championship last year. Edwardsburg seeks to avenge the loss and pursue the elusive Regional Championship.
Zarycki 28 points
Allen 2 points
Chloe Bartz 2 points
Claire Bartz 10 points
Abbey Krugh 14 points
Brady 3 points
Miller 9 points
Heivilin 21 points
Knapp 6 points
Abnet 3 points