Edison used a full-court press and a 24-6 scoring blitz in the third period to send Norview of Norfold running for cover in a surprisingly easy 50-38 victory for the Eagles in the Virginia state unclassified girls basketball championships last night at Fairfax.
Leading, 20-17, at halftime, the Northern Region champions (21-3) finally obeyed Coach Steve Gutekunst's plea to press and began to steal one pass after another.
"I wanted them to press in the second quarter but they got excited and I guess they forgot," said Gutekunst. "When we came out for the third quarter, I reminded them again. Our press has not worked that well before. It really killed them."
Three Norview turnovers and three missed shots in the opening minutes of the quarter led to 10 straight Eagle points, four by All-Met guard Kim Albany, and a 30-17 Edison lead.
Denise Holloway's basket halted the Eagle surge temporarily but the Pilots were unable to get the ball up the court, throwing it away four more times in the quarter. Meanwhile, Albany pumped in six more buckets to send the Eagles flying out to a commanding 44-23 advantage after three periods.
"I think the girls must have panicked," said Norview Coach Peggy Fardette.
In the beginning, Edison showed signs of panic. Norview, with its bookend, 6-foot-1 Delys Brooks and Lisa Mungo, setting up in a double low post, seemed set to have a field day against the shorter Eagles.
Five straight baskets, two of them layups by Brooks, gave Norview a 10-4 lead with 4:54 left in the first quarter.