|Updated: 9:33 p.m., Perrysburg girls cruise to sectional title (2-23-13)|
|Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ/Sentinel Sports Writer|
|Saturday, 23 February 2013 21:22|
The Yellow Jackets, in almost typical fashion, put together another rout — this time in a Division I sectional final against Springfield.
Eighth-ranked Perrysburg had no trouble collecting its 21st win of the season in a 67-37 stomping of Springfield at Otsego High School.
The ’Jackets, now 21-1 overall, have been impressive all year winning by an average of 26.8 points per game. PHOTO GALLERY
In its lone loss of the season, Perrysburg fell to Notre Dame Academy 40-38.
“Through 22 games, usually you have two or three real stinkers ... We haven’t had that huge dip,” said Perrysburg head coach Todd Sims. “That’s this team’s strength is we’ve been consistent. We don’t go through huge lulls usually.”
Saturday night’s game marked the third time Perrysburg has defeated Springfield this season.
In two Northern Lakes League games this season, the ’Jackets beat the Blue Devils 59-35 and 54-34.
But Perrysburg knows that even though it has seen success all season with little struggles, their path in the postseason will not be easily paved.
“We know that farther on into the tournament games are going to get tougher,” said sophomore Lindy DeLong, who scored a game-high 16 points.
DeLong gave Perrysburg balance from the perimeter as she knocked down three 3-pointers, two of which came in the second quarter helping the ’Jackets gain their 41-15 halftime lead.
Perrysburg hit five triples as a team.
“We know that any single one of our guards can put up threes whenever we need to ... We have confidence in every single one of our players,” DeLong said.
Sarah Baer and Allex Brown helped spread the Blue Devils defense as they were consistent scoring threats down low.
Brown scored 14 points off the bench and Baer finished with 11. Baer and Brown also combined for 14 rebounds.
“We have good perimeter shooters so we are difficult to guard,” Sims said.
“Lindy played great, she hit some big shots and that loosens their defense up a little bit, which allows us to throw the ball inside.”
The ’Jackets came out rolling, jumping to a 10-0 lead midway through the first quarter. And they didn’t slow down the rest of the half, as they forced 14 turnovers and limited Springfield to six field goals in the first 16 minutes.
Perrysburg was 50 percent (14-of-28) from the floor in the first half and 20-of-23 at the free-throw line for the game.
“I love the way we played in the first half ... They were chomping at the bit to play,” Sims said. “I’ve read where a lot of people say don’t take the bye, but we earned the bye.
“And we needed a little time off. We had a lot of energy in the first half and played really well.”
Perrysburg will play Lima Senior in the district semifinal on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Otsego.
PERRYSBURG 67, SPRINGFIELD 37
Yoder, 3-1-3—12; H. Geiger, 0-0—0; Rollins, 3-0—6; Powhida, 3-0—6; Goodwin, 2-0—4; Nopper, 0-0—0; Montague, 2-0—4; D. Geiger, 0-0—0; Teifke, 1-0—2; Collins, 0-0—0; Fox, 0-0—0; Watkins, 1-1—3. TOTALS: 15-1-4—37.
Sattler, 1-1-0—5; Whitacre, 0-0—0; Williams, 3-1-0—9; Moore, 0-2—2; Dunphy, 0-0—0; Perry, 2-2—6; Gremler, 1-2—4; Dorner, 0-0—0; DeLong, 3-3-1—16; Baer, 2-7—11; Schumaker, 0-0—0; Hunter, 0-0—0; Brown, 4-6—14; Piezer, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 16-5-20—67.
SPRINGFIELD 6 9 7 15 —37
PERRYSBURG 21 20 15 11 —67
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