|(updated: 11:00 p.m.) Perrysburg girls beat AW, win 30th straight NLL game (2-13-14)|
|Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ/Sentinel Sports Writer|
|Thursday, 13 February 2014 22:50|
PERRYSBURG — Running the table in any league is impressive. Try doing it in back-to-back seasons.
Perrysburg’s girls basketball team finished its Northern Lakes League schedule a perfect 14-0 for the second straight year with a 50-20 win over Anthony Wayne Thursday night.
Perrysburg’s Sarah Baer scored 25 points and collected 11 rebounds, leading Perrysburg to its 30th consecutive NLL win, dating back to the 2011-12 season.
The sixth-ranked Yellow Jackets are 19-2 overall. AW is 13-6, 9-5.
“We feel like we have a reputation to work our hardest and win all of the league games,” Baer said. “It all comes from how hard we work in practice and how everything comes together during a game.”
Although it clinched the NLL title almost two weeks ago, on this night Perrysburg celebrated its championship as well as Senior Night with a dominating second-half performance.
Allex Brown added 10 points and 14 rebounds for the ’Jackets.
“We knew what we had coming at us. Their offense, we knew it,” Baer said. “Lindy (DeLong) did a great job of stealing the ball, and we all shut Jasmine (Bonivel) down with her shots.”
Perrysburg held a 24-15 lead at halftime, but a 10-0 run to start the third quarter extended the lead to 34-15. Baer scored seven points in the spurt, which was helped by two AW turnovers.
The Generals, without starting guard Megan Bedard due to injury, managed to score just five points in the second half, including one in the fourth quarter.
AW was 0-for-8 in the final eight minutes and 8-for-41 (20 percent) for the game.
“Defense won us the game tonight,” Perrysburg coach Todd Sims said. “Offensively, a little choppy at times, but in the third quarter ... we started to stretch it a lot. You could tell they were struggling a little bit with shooting and stuff like that. We stayed on them, which is a good thing.
“You’ve got to learn once you get teams down, you’ve got to stay on them — not give them any life.”
Perrysburg held AW’s Bonivel to just four points and didn’t allow any General to reach double figures.
Victoria Burdo led AW with nine points, all of which came via the 3-pointer in the first quarter.
“Our game plan was just like it always was,” Sims said. “We went over their stuff and found some keys here and there. We talk about player strengths and weaknesses on whoever you’re guarding and just guard them. Just play defense.”
With its two consecutive undefeated NLL seasons, Sims knows that his program is continuing toward another level.
“That’s kind of one of my goals in my mind, is to try to be an elite-type team. That’s everybody’s goal,” Sims said. “There are certain times when we do some really, really good things, and we’ve been very consistent for a long time here. ... Why wouldn’t you want to come here and play? It’s a great gym, a great atmosphere, a great crowd, very successful team, and a great school.”
Perrysburg won the junior varsity game, 36-33, clinching the NLL championship. Erika Joldrichsen led the ’Jackets with 14 points.
PERRYSBURG 50, ANTHONY WAYNE 20
Sattler, 2-1-0—7; Hunter, 2-0—4; Joldrichsen, 0-0—0; Moore, 0-1—1; E. Baer, 0-0—0; Witt, 0-0—0; DeLong, 1-1—3; S. Baer, 10-5—25; Piezer, 0-0—0; Brown, 4-2—10; Stapleton, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 19-1-9—50.
Bahr, 0-0—0; Allen, 1-0—2; Bonivel, 2-0—4; Burdo, 0-3-0—9; Hertzfeld, 0-0—0; Krieg, 0-0—0; L. Mitchell, 0-1—1; Hood, 1-0—2; Zankl, 1-0—2; A. Mitchell, 0-0—0; Saneholtz, 0-0—0; Smith, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 5-3-1—20.
AW 11 4 4 1 —20
PERRYSBURG 14 10 16 10 —50
Junior varsity: Perrysburg, 36-33.
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