Archie girls advance in WEMO

Special to the Democrat MissourianDecember 6, 2013 

The top-seeded Archie Whirlwinds easily defeated eighth seeded Miami Eagles 62-12 Dec. 2 in the first round of the WEMO girls conference basketball tournament at Adrian.

Miami got the ball rolling with a pull up jumper in the lane by Crystal Routen. The Eagles and Whirlwinds kept it close, trading scores until the 5:48 mark in the first quarter.

That's when the top seeded Archie squad came alive.

The Whirlwinds put on an offensive clinic going on a show-stopping 50-0 run against the Eagles. Adrian’s Taylor Plattner led the barrage with 18 of the 50 points. Miami did not put the ball through the hoop until Chana Erickson’s bucket with 3:16 left in the third quarter.

"I told the girls to be concerned about what we can do," Archie head coach Troy Schulte said. "Defensively we did what we had to do. We played hard and we pressured the ball. We did the little things we needed to do to be successful," Schulte said.

The Whirlwinds held Miami to only four points over a span of 17-plus minutes. Miami fought hard to stay in the game but could not keep up with Archie’s pressure defense and fast break offensive attack. During the third quarter, eight of the Whirlwinds’ nine points were scored as a result of steals or fast-break opportunities.

The Eagles’ leading scorer was Crystal Routen with six points.

Just about everyone on the bench scored for the Whirlwinds. In addition to Plattner’s 18 points, seven other players contributed to the victory: Samantha Ogden (11 points), Briley Anderson (nine points), Mary Kurzweil (eight), Mallory Lyons and Jordan Schulte (five each) and Leslie Iseman (two points).

Archie met fourth seeded Osceola in the winner’s semi-final game Dec. 5.

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