PERRYSBURG — In its first five games, Perrysburg’s girls basketball team had already been through some rough patches.
|Perrysburg's Kayla Piezer (left) takes a shot on Maumee's Chelsea Higgins. (Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Foul trouble and a high turnover count slowed the Yellow Jackets, although they had not dropped a game.
Friday night’s game against Maumee was different.
The Panthers, yet to win this year, dug a hole early and Perrysburg capitalized, putting together its most complete performance in a 82-25 Northern Lakes League trouncing.
“The better you play, the more confidence you have as a player and as a team. That’s only normal,” said Perrysburg head coach Todd Sims, whose team improved to 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the NLL.
Maumee is 0-6. 0-5.
In a game where Perrysburg never trailed, the Yellow Jackets had four players reach double figures, and they held a 43-17 edge in rebounding.
Posts Sarah Baer and Allex Brown scored 22 and 11 points, respectively, and they combined for 23 rebounds, exploiting a sizeable height advantage inside.
Jenn Witt scored 12 points, all via the 3-pointer, and Lindy DeLong added 10.
“Everybody had playing time and played really good. They stepped up and did their job,” Baer said.
In previous games, it had been common for the ’Jackets to struggle with foul trouble, but Perrysburg tallied just 12 fouls and committed 11 turnovers. Six of Perrysburg’s turnovers came in the fourth quarter when some junior varsity players saw action.
Perrysburg took a 16-0 lead just over four minutes into the game and led 27-5 by the end of the first quarter.
Witt opened the second quarter with a triple from the left wing and following a Maumee basket, Baer connected inside, sparking a 10-0 run.
A 15-0 run in the third quarter, highlighted by threes from Brown and Witt, gave Perrysburg a 61-12 lead with 2:22 left in quarter.
The inside and outside scoring threats haunted the Panthers. Perrysburg hit seven 3-pointers and converted 22 shots from 2-point range.
“The thing is, with three good post players, teams are going to either spread out and take away the threes or (guard inside),” Sims said.
Bench play continued to be a strength for Perrysburg, especially the production from Taylin Hunter, a post. The 5-foot-10 sophomore scored eight points and grabbed nine rebounds.
“(Hunter) helps a lot because if me and Allex get in foul trouble, she’s in right away and she does a great job of keeping up with everything and she works hard,” Baer said.
Perrysburg’s bench, which includes Witt, contributed with 29 points.
“Everyone that came in played well,” Sims said. “There weren’t any huge lulls like there are in some games.
“They need to play,” Sims added of the bench. “We’re eight deep. ... But we need to keep developing them.”
Perrysburg won the junior varsity game, 32-17. Sonia Krolak led the ’Jackets with eight points.
PERRYSBURG 82, MAUMEE 25
Green, 2-1-0—7; Stichler, 0-0—0; White, 2-0—4; Harris, 2-4—8; Chilupe, 0-0—0; Jefferson, 0-0—0; Smith, 0-0—0; Bailey, 0-0—0; Bergquist, 0-1—1; Krewson, 0-0—0; Higgins, 1-3—5. TOTALS: 7-1-8—25.
Sattler, 1-2-0—8; Hunter, 3-2—8; Joldrichsen, 0-0—0; Moore, 0-2—2; E. Baer, 0-0—0; Witt, 0-4-0—12; DeLong, 4-2—10; S. Baer, 8-6—22; Piezer, 2-2—6; Brown, 3-1-2—11; Stapleton, 1-1—3. TOTALS: 22-7-17—82.
MAUMEE 5 6 3 11 —25
PERRYSBURG 27 15 27 13 —82
Junior varsity: Perrysburg, 32-17.