Besonen hit a 3 at the end of the third and another early in the fourth to make it a seven-point game at 43-34. E-TC missed four times while getting stops on the other end. Kedsch dropped another 3 and Wagner scored again inside to make it 48-34. Abbie LeGault got E-TC on the board, but Kedsch was good again from the outside and the Panthers’ season soon ended.
Carney paid more attention to Besonen after her hot start and the Panthers didn’t have that big impactful second source of offense like the Wolves did.
“If (Elise) could have found an opening, I think she could have kept making them,” coach Besonen said. “When they were in man, we were able to break them down, and when they went into that zone, it was harder to find shots, and they were keeping a little better eye on Elise. So it was harder for us to get some shot attempts. But we didn’t shoot well, it was probably our worst shooting night of the year, 32% overall.”
Carney-Nadeau was a tough guard as the Wolves got so much production from the inside and outside. They picked a good night to shoot the lights out, but they also got some good looks because of the attention E-TC needed to give Wagner, who also had 17 rebounds and helped C-N outboard E-TC 33-14.
“Some of the rebounds, if we weren’t sorted out because we were trying to crash and get that board to help out Abbie (LeGault) with the big girl; if they got it, they found that 3,” Besonen said. “Getting back on D a couple times, if we were trying to double, they found their shooter.”
Wagner, of course, was good in her own right. The only way to stop the 6-3 junior was to deny her the ball and that wasn’t happening either.
“We do a really good job of moving it and hitting her on the move so she can just turn and get underneath her defender and score,” Linder said. “Once she gets the ball, it’s her footwork, her hands. She has really good hands, if you get the ball close to her, she’s pretty much gonna come up with it.”
Besonen’s fantastic five-year career came to a close at E-TC and she’ll be an automatic selection for the fifth time on the All-UP team.