Updated: 6:11 p.m., Defense leads Perrysburg girls to second straight district title (3-2-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ/Sentinel Sports Writer   
Saturday, 02 March 2013 17:47
Perrysburg's Sarah Baer eys the basket Saturday. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
FINDLAY — In its first two games on the Division I state tournament trail, offense highlighted Perrysburg’s play. PHOTO GALLERY
In games against Springfield and Lima Senior, the Yellow Jackets scored 67 and 79 points, respectively.
But Perrysburg’s defense stole the show in a district final against Ashland on Saturday afternoon.
Perrysburg’s all-around outstanding effort on the defensive end led it to a 51-33 win over the Arrows in a district championship at Liberty-Benton High School.
It is the third time in four years Perrysburg has advanced to the regional under head coach Todd Sims, who is in his fourth season at the helm.
Overall, it is Perrysburg’s fourth trip to regionals in six years.
“It helps the program,” Sims said of the team’s success over the years. “We have a lot of Lady Junior ’Jackets up in the stands. Why wouldn’t you want to play for us? It’s a great place to play, we’re very successful, so it’s great for us.”
Perrysburg’s defense forced 26 turnovers and limited Ashland to just 11 field goals on 30 attempts.
Sarah Baer and Maddy Williams each recorded four steals in a contest where Perrysburg out-scored Ashland 30-10 in the middle two quarters.
Baer finished with 15 points and six rebounds, while Allex Brown and Lindy DeLong each added 12 points. Brown had eight rebounds.
Eighth-ranked Perrysburg, now 23-1, will play Notre Dame Academy in the regional semifinals at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Toledo Central Catholic High School.
“We knew that we had to come out really hard,” Williams said. “This far in the tournament, nothing is going to be an easy game.”
Perrysburg struggled offensively in the first half, but its defense kept it in the game. The ’Jackets were just 4-of-13 from the floor in the opening quarter, but forced eight turnovers as the teams played to a 12-12 tie.
Fortunately for the ’Jackets, their defense stayed strong for the remainder of the game as they held Ashland (13-12) to just one point in the second quarter. Perrysburg took a 23-13 lead into the half.
“It was a grinder,” Sims said. “We didn’t shoot as well as we have. Give them credit; Ashland is very scrappy.
“It was one of those where we did what we needed to do to win,” he added. “But we’re going to have to play better on Tuesday.”
DeLong opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer from the top of the key and after trading baskets Williams made it 31-17 with a miraculous traditional three-point play with 5:58 left in the quarter. Williams collected a steal at midcourt and seemingly just threw the ball up as she was fouled on her way to the hoop.
With Perrysburg’s speed and athleticism, plays like this come often as it is able to jump passing lanes on a regular basis.
“Everyone that is on the court is really fast,” Williams said. “Our press (defense) is set for someone to cut the gap. Whenever that gap is open, everyone has pretty good vision on the court.”
“The thing about when we press ... we deflect a lot of passes too and that’s a rhythm breaker,” Sims said. “You can’t just bring the ball up, call your set and run it. There’s always people running around and we’re tipping balls and falling on the floor.”
Ashland’s Mariah Mansperger, who scored a team-high 15 points, cut the Perrysburg lead back to 31-19 with an inside basket. But the ’Jackets used a 11-0 run, capped by a Katie Dunphy 3-pointer, to take their biggest lead of the game, 42-19, with 1:40 left in the third quarter.
Heading into the regional semifinals, Perrysburg will see a familiar opponent in Notre Dame.
The Eagles, 21-3, handed Perrysburg its lone loss of the season, a 40-38 decision on Jan. 26.
Notre Dame also defeated Perrysburg last year, 44-28, in the regional semifinals.
“It’s definitely going to be a really big challenge,” Williams said of the upcoming regional semifinal.
“They are our rival now. Everything is really coming down to this ... This could be it for us seniors and everybody else and nobody wants it to end.”

Sattler, 2-0—4; Whitacre, 0-0—0; Williams, 1-1—3; Moore, 0-0—0; Dunphy, 0-1-0—3; Perry, 0-0—0; Gremler, 1-0—2; Dorner, 0-0—0; DeLong, 3-2-0—12; Baer, 6-3—15; Brown, 5-2—10. TOTALS: 18-3-6—51.
Chandler, 0-0—0; Carpenter, 0-0—0; McFarlin, 0-2—2; Baker, 0-0—0; Yetzer, 1-0—2; White, 0-2—2; Hendershott, 0-1-0—3; Stoops, 3-3—9; Townsend, 0-0—0; Mansperger, 6-3—15. TOTALS: 10-1-10—33.
PERRYSBURG    12    11    19    9    —51
ASHLAND    12    1    9    11    —33

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