|Updated: 11:53 p.m., Perrysburg girls basketball opens with win (11-26-13)|
|Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ/Sentinel Sports Writer|
|Tuesday, 26 November 2013 22:34|
Battling foul trouble in their season-opener at Northview, the Yellow Jackets’ inexperienced bench was certainly tested. PHOTO GALLERY
To say the non-starters handled themselves well is an understatement.
Perrysburg, with limited time from Sarah Baer and Allex Brown, saw strong contributions from all nine players that entered the game, en route to a 61-53 win over Northview Tuesday night.
Northview, expected to be one of the top teams in the Northern Lakes League, is 2-1 and 0-1 in the league. Perrysburg also is expected to contend for the league title.
Taylin Hunter led Perrysburg’s bench players with eight points and five rebounds. The 5-foot-10 sophomore was matched defensively against Kendall Jessing, who scored 22 points and recorded 11 rebounds.
But don’t let the number be deceiving. Nine of Jessing’s points came from the free-throw line and she was contested inside all night.
“This isn’t an easy game to play in,” said Perrysburg head coach Todd Sims. “The environment wasn’t easy and some of the people on our bench played (junior varsity) last year ... and they did really well (tonight). And they’re only going to get better.”
“We all really trust each other, and we know we’ve got each other’s back,” added Hunter.
And Perrysburg needed that trust throughout the contest with Baer missing the majority of the first half with two fouls, and then most of the third quarter when she picked up her third and fourth fouls.
Even without the Bowling Green State University-bound Baer, Perrysburg kept its composure and clung to 47-41 third-quarter lead.
The ’Jackets never trailed in the second half.
Leading 51-44 and the pressure mounting to keep its lead, Perrysburg’s turnovers started turning costly.
Northview’s Maddie Cole, a BGSU commit, scored four straight to cut the deficit to 51-48 with 4:21 to play.
Brown and Cole traded baskets before Kelsey Moore split two Northview defenders and drove to the hoop, giving Perrysburg a 55-50 lead.
But Northview’s Maddie Fries answered with a 3-pointer just under a minute later.
Then Perrysburg, in veteran fashion, managed the clock, created a turnover that turned into a Baer basket, and hit free throws to score the game’s final six points, clinching the win.
“We had every reason that we could have folded. ... But you battle. Good things happen when you fight,” Sims said.
“We’re a team, and that’s what teams do,” he added. “Sometimes you’re called upon to do some things, maybe play a little longer than you’re used to. That’s what you do when you’re a good team. That’s just the way things are.”
Perrysburg struggled — was atrocious — early. With 5:23 left in the first quarter the ’Jackets had already compiled five fouls and four turnovers as they fell behind 6-2.
Abby Sattler eased Perrysburg’s nerves with her shooting from beyond the arc.
Two of Sattler’s four 3-pointers followed in the first quarter and the ’Jackets eventually led 13-12 after the opening eight minutes.
After a pair of free throw by Jessing, Sattler hit a triple from the top of the key, putting Perrysburg back ahead 16-14 with 6:28 to play in the opening half, with Brown and Baer sitting.
Sattler finished with 15 points, while Brown added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
“Thinking about that in hindsight, that kept us in the game. ... That kept us afloat because of our foul trouble,” Sims said of Sattler’s long-range effort.
“The rocky start was first-game jitters. It doesn’t matter who you are, you have them,” he added. “This was (Northview’s) third game and I think that helped them. They were a little more relaxed in the beginning.
“But we battled. I feel like that’s the best word. We fought like crazy, we battled the whole game. That’s what you have to do when you play (Northview). That’s how you win big games.”
Perrysburg won the junior varsity game 39-19. Emily Baer led the ’Jackets with 10 points.
PERRYSBURG 61, NORTHVIEW 53
Sattler, 0-4-3—15; Hunter, 1-6—8; Moore, 1-2—4; Witt, 0-2—2; DeLong, 2-1-1—8; Baer, 2-2—6; Piezer, 2-0—4; Brown, 3-1-5—14; Stapleton, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 11-6-21—61.
Fries, 2-1-0—7; Austin, 0-1-0—3; K. Cole, 0-0—0; Riggs, 0-0—0; Duwve, 0-0—0; McCoy, 2-3—7; M. Cole, 2-10—14; Jessing, 5-1-9—22. TOTALS: 11-3-22—53.
PERRYSBURG 13 18 16 14 —61
NORTHVIEW 12 17 12 12 —53
Junior varsity: Perrysburg, 39-19.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:24|
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