As Evergreen returned from winter break, sophomore post player Samantha Kisiel sat on the bench, the result of missing an earlier practice.
Her punishment was to bide her time and come off the bench against George Washington on Jan. 3. When she entered the game, she made sure to make the most of the opportunity.
Kisiel scored a career-high 22 points as the Lady Cougars pulled out a 57-46 victory in front of a sparse Evergreen High crowd. Kisiel scored most of her points in the paint as Evergreen solved GW’s 3-2 zone defense.
“I think it took a lot of patience on the outside and on the inside just working as a team. That’s what really helped us out,” Kisiel said.
Guard Emily Elmgreen, who added 19 points, always makes it a point to look for Kisiel in the low post. She certainly found her in this one.
“I’m always looking for Sam pretty much,” Elmgreen said. “They did switch into a zone, but we actually practiced that yesterday. We were pretty prepared for it, I think.”
While the score was tied seven times in the first half, including 27-all at the intermission, Evergreen (5-3) never trailed in the final two quarters after opening up the half on an 8-0 run. George Washington (6-4) pulled to within a point three times in the fourth quarter, finally at 47-46 with 2 minutes, 36 seconds remaining, but the Lady Cougars closed the game on a 10-0 run, six of those points coming from the charity stripe.
“I think at the end of the game, we just had the eye of the tiger. We wanted to get out there and get a win, and it showed,” Kisiel said.
“I think we executed really well tonight. We were patient. We were disciplined. We played really well together,” Elmgreen said. “We never really got our heads down. If we did, we were able to pick it up really quickly.”
Four other players — Annie Trimarco (six points), Logan Newhall (four), Lauren Russell (four) and Erin Morrato (two) — scored for Evergreen.
Sophie Nick led George Washington with 19 points. Tyla Wilder added 12 for the Lady Patriots.
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