CEDARVILLE — Sometimes, a single player can ruin an opposing team’s entire game plan. In their final regular season game, the Cedarville Indians defeated this year’s Ohio Heritage Conference champions, the Greenview Rams, by a score of 61-44, thanks in large part to senior Maggie Coe.
“A lot of teams game plan to stop Maggie but, more often than not, they can’t,” Cedarville coach Josh Mason said. “That is a testament to the work she put in during the offseason.”
Coe led the Indians (16-6, 11-5 in the OHC South) with 30 points and five assists.
“She has worked so hard to bring her game to another level,” Mason said. “She can go off and score 30 for you or she will just as happily score 10, but put up 10 assists. That’s what makes her such a special player.”
The Rams (16-5, 13-3 OHC South) tried to take away Coe and force the Indians to score in different ways, but they simply couldn’t stop her.
“We had a defensive game plan based around stopping Maggie and she scored 30,” Greeneview coach Tim Hoelle said. “Obviously, we didn’t do a very good job tonight, and we will look to get back to how we’ve been playing defensively as we head into the postseason.”
Hoelle said the team simply did not execute what they wanted to accomplish, but added that this game was a great experience to get ready for the crazy playoff environment.
“We’ll get better from this and refocus Monday and Tuesday and hopefully be ready for our game on Wednesday,” Hoelle said.
The sixth seeded Rams will play against seventh seeded Arcanum at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Covington High School for their first-round game in the Division III sectional tournament..
The Indians hope to build on their momentum from the win and carry it over to the postseason.
“These girls are just holding on to every moment and trying to keep this going,” Mason said. “We are going into that time of the year where if you lose you’re done, so we are going to take this day by day and just see what we can do.”
The second seeded Indians will begin Division IV sectional tourney play against No. 9-seed Miami Valley Christian at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday Feb 13 at Monroe High.
Joshua Woolverton is a student intern for Greene County News from Cedarville University.