Northeast lost sight of Alva freshman Jaden Hobbs multiple times, and she made them pay with 3-pointers. But the second half was a different story.
Second-year Northeast coach Londaryl Perry said he made some adjustments at halftime to a matchup man defense and one of the Vikings’ zone offense to counter the Goldbugs’ man defense.
“The floor just opened,” he said. “It was kind of like one of those things where it was just our moment.
“We basically made them pick their poison.”
It resulted in a 14-0 run that extended from the end of the second quarter into the third. A 21-17 Alva lead turned into a 31-21 Northeast advantage.
Alva (25-5) would only be able to get within six the rest of the way.
Hobbs, who averaged 29.5 points per game in her first two state tournament games, was limited to just 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting.
Northeast senior post Chanel Akins scoring 10 points off the bench. Edwards also added 11 points and six assists.
For Northeast, the victory is validation after last season’s heartache.
And the mission is accomplished.
“This is awesome,” Edwards said. “This is a great feeling to not be on the losing side.”