When Mikayla Kummet hit a layup with just over eight minutes to go, who would ever guess that that would be the final points the Eagles would score? Tuesday, March 11, No. 2 seed Eden Valley-Watkins fell to No. 1 seed New London-Spicer, 35-32, in the South Sub-Section 6-2A championship game at Sexton Arena. The Eagles (19-8 overall) held a 21-15 halftime advantage, but their second-half 11-point effort would not be enough to hold off the Wildcats. Following an incredible five-plus minutes scoring drought by both teams, NL-S’s Ashlyn Geister dropped in a chippie to put the Wildcats ahead for good. As is the case more often than not, the game was decided at the charity stripe. New London-Spicer went 13 of 19 from the line, while the Eagles hit just 2 of 4. Game scoring summary: Mikayla Kummet, 14; Elaina Stommes, 3; Brook Stang, 2; Bella Perlberg-Cromwell, 6; Dani Nelson, 7.
Things looked promising early for the Eagles in their Section 6-2A semifinal game Tuesday night, March 4, in Collegeville. EV-W shot out to a 9-0 lead, but New London-Spicer cranked-up the full court pressure and turned things around, emerging with a 65-43 victory. Eagles’ Coach Adam Langer said his club really struggled with the intense pressure they were getting. He said that even when they broke the press, the boys couldn’t hit a shot. The Wildcats (18-10) went on an 11-0 run from the 7:54 to 4:08 marks of the first half to tie the game at 22. Jared Streit led EV-W with 16 points, and the Eagles finished their season with a 16-10 record. Eagles’ scoring summary: Reese Jansen, 3; Nick Pauly, 9; Bret Mattice, 13; Austin Schlangen, 2; Jared Streit, 16. “This was only the fourth time our school has ever been to this game and we’ve still never won it,” Langer said. “We have a lot to be proud of. I’m happy with what we accomplished this season.”
EV-W junior Jared Streit was named Central Minnesota Conference male athlete of the week. Streit scored 33 points and hauled in 45 rebounds. Streit set a school record for rebounds in a game with 29 Saturday, Feb. 22, against Maple Lake and set the school record for career rebounds with 705.
Cruising through the early rounds of the playoffs, the Eden Valley-Watkins hoopsters played their way to a semifinal contest against No. 1 seeded New London-Spicer. That game was played on Tuesday night in Collegeville and the Eagles’ loss knocks them out of the running now.
The road to that matchup included a 59-35 victory over St. John’s Prep Thursday, March 6; followed by a Saturday 52-34 decision over the Litchfield Dragons. In the St. John’s Prep game, Dani Nelson’s double-double (21 points, 10 rebounds) led No. 2 seed Eden Valley-Watkins past SJP. Eagles’ teammate Maria Holdvogt finished with 15 points. Jamie Scherer 2, Mikayla Kummet 5 (9 assists), Maria Holdvogt 15, Elaina Stommes 2, Bella Perlberg-Cromwell 6, Greta Stommes 8, Dani Nelson 21 (10 rebounds).
The Eden Valley-Watkins’ girls had a busy week, first traveling to Holdingford Monday, Feb. 24, then motoring over to Paynesville Tuesday, before finally returning Friday, with Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted as their guests. Losing to both Holdingford, 50-43, and HL-W-W, 48-43, the Eagles managed to handle Paynesville, 50-24, in the middle of it all. EV-W vs. Holdingford game scoring summary: Mikayla Kummet, 7; Greta Stommes, 8; Dani Nelson, 12; Elaina Stommes, 4; Jamie Scherer, 2;
Bella Perlberg-Cromwell, 4; Brook Stang, 6. Tuesday’s game with the Bulldogs was never in doubt, as the Lady Eagles took a 13-point halftime advantage and doubled it, winning by 26. EV-W vs. Paynesville scoring summary: Mikayla Kummet, 9; Greta Stommes, 2; Dani Nelson, 12; Elaina Stommes, 6; Jamie Scherer, 4; Bella Perlberg-Cromwell, 7; Brook Stang, 5; Maria Holdvogt, 4; Breanna Stang, 1. Officially closing out the regular season, the Eagles came up a little short Friday against an undefeated conference-bunch, the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Lakers. EV-W junior guard Mikayla Kummet finished with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the Eagles (9-5 CMC, 17-7 overall). EV-W vs. HL-W-W scoring summary: Jamie Scherer, 2; Mikayla Kummet, 13; Maria Holdvogt, 2; Elaina Stommes, 2; Brook Stang, 3; Bella Perlberg-Cromwell, 8; Dani Nelson, 4; Greta Stommes, 9. Eden Valley-Watkins will face St. John’s Prep at 7 p.m. on Thursday at home in the opening round of the Section 6-2A playoffs.
Eagles’ Greta Stommes is pressuring her opponent on defense during home game v HL-W-W Lakers Friday, Feb. 28. Photo by Nick Block.