No. 6 Eagles gear up for final regular season game

Noah Cloonan

A hot start by the Ashland Eagles (26-1, 20-1) propelled them to an 85-69 victory at Tiffin (7-19, 5-16) on Saturday.

The Eagles knocked down their first five shots to jump out to a 12-4 lead and they never looked back. AU extended its lead to 29-9 with just over two minutes to go in the first quarter.

The Eagles continued to force turnovers and convert them into points as they closed out the half on an 11-0 run to make the score 52-26 at the half.

“I thought we got off to a great start,” said head coach Robyn Fralick. “Our defense created a lot of our offense, and I thought we played with a lot of energy across the board.”

The second half brought much of that same intensity as the Eagles extended their lead to 63-33 halfway through the third quarter. Ashland finished strong and left Tiffin with an 85-69 win.

Laina Snyder led all scorers with 25 points and also chipped in nine rebounds in the victory. Snyder surpassed the 900-point mark on Saturday in only her sophomore season. Laina averages over 15 points per game and is a major reason why Ashland has had so much success this season.

“She is a very dynamic player, a great scorer and a great rebounder,” said Fralick.” What you don’t see in the box score is she makes a lot of energy and hustle plays throughout a game.” 

The Eagles will shift their focus to Thursday as they prepare for their final regular season game at home against Lake Erie (8-19, 5-16). For Jamie Sobczak and Mckenzie Miller it will be their final regular season game at Kate’s Gymnasium.

Both of these players have had phenomenal careers at AU and look to finish out the year with a National Championship run. Miller knows exactly what it is like to make a run for the National Championship, as she is the only player remaining from the 2013 National Championship team.

Throughout her career Miller has been extremely accepting of every role the coaches have asked her to play and all this hard work has paid off as she is one of the leaders of this Eagles team. Miller Averages almost 10 points a game and can light it up from behind the arc shooting over 38%.

 Sobczak has had a bit of a different path in her collegiate career. She transferred to Ashland for her sophomore season from Wheeling Jesuit and has become a major part of this team.

In 2015 Jamie was voted as teammate of the year and this just goes to show how valuable she is to her teammates.

“Both have had big impacts in this program both as great teammates and as players on the court,” said Robyn Fralick.

Thursday will not be the final home game for these two girls, however, as the Eagles will host the GLIAC tournament which will start on March 1.

The Eagles will not take this final game lightly as they look to improve to 27-1 to finish of the 2016 regular season campaign.

“Every game is an opportunity and we need to take advantage of opportunities in front of us,” said Fralick. “This is our next opportunity and we need to make the most of it.”