Mustangs boosted by Ag School title, Larkin named tourney MVP
Before Evergreen Park went 3-1 this past week on its way to capturing to the Agriculture Science School Tournament this past week, the team experienced a much-needed confidence boost Dec. 20 in a big win over Lemont.
And to hear head Coach Bruce Scadutotell it, he said that win served as a catalyst for the Lady Mustangs success this past week.
Evergreen Park began the tournament with a 55-29 victory over Bremen on Monday and followed it up with a 55-15 win over Perspectives Math and Science on Thursday. After a 39-36 setback against the hosts on Friday, the Mustangs prevailed over Longwood 67-34 in the championship on Saturday. Nicole Parker was named the tournament MVP.
“The win against Lemont really built our confidence heading into the tournament,” Scaduto said. “We kind of came together that let us come in with a good feeling that we’ve been playing well.”
Against Bremen, Megan Pfister led the way with 11 points.
“I think we got Bremen on an off game,” Scaduto said. “We we’re hitting everything that we were throwing up. They couldn’t hit anything. We just kind of fed off of that. The girls played real well as a team.
“I was thinking that Bremen would be one of, if not the, best team in the tournament. We ended up beating them soundly, and I think the confidence just began to increase as we were playing.”
In the win over Perspectives Math and Science, Erica Carridine (14 points) and Tenesha Anderson (10 points) led the way.
“Perspectives is not a great team, but we were able to get everybody in during the first couple of games, which is always nice,” he said. Obviously, our main players — Megan Pfister and Nicoel Larkin did well
“Erica has been playing really nice defense for us. She’s like our stopper. She does real well and is the quickest player we have We managed to stop our opponents better players, and we built off of that.”
Despite the loss to Chicago Ag, where the Mustangs didn’t score a point in the first quarter, they reached the title game due to the fact that every team in the field suffered on defeated and that they boasted the largest point margin in their victories.
“The loss to Chicago Ag was our worst game of the season,” he said. “We found ourselves behind 15-0 after the first quarter. We started to play OK in the second quarter; it took a while to get going, and we couldn’t do anything well until mostly in the second.
“The slow start basically killed us and it took us forever to catch up. We got back in the game, but it just wasn’t enough.”
In the championship game against Longwood, Larkin scored 14 points for Evergreen Park (11-7). Kortni Lewis and Jonie Nard added 11 points each for the Mustangs.
“Everyone had a loss, and we wound up in the championship,” he said. “We beat Longwood pretty good. It was another game we got everyone playing. It was actually a nice tournament as far as getting people to play.
“Whenever you can win a tournament, it’s a good thing.”