|(updated: 11:00 p.m.) Perrysburg girls cruise to victory over Maumee (01-30-14)|
|Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ/Sentinel Sports Writer|
|Thursday, 30 January 2014 22:54|
Having not played since Jan. 18, the 10th-ranked Yellow Jackets showed a bit of rust early Thursday night in a Northern Lakes League matchup at Maumee. PHOTO GALLERY
But five minutes into action, Perrysburg seemed to be back in mid-season form and coasted to a 79-19 victory over the Panthers.
“Teams game plan for you and it’s like sort of whatever the game plan is, they’re really into it. And then when we started to stretch the lead a little bit that was it,” Perrysburg coach Todd Sims said.
Perrysburg is 13-2 overall and 11-0 in the NLL, clinching at least a share of the league title with three games to play. Northview is second in the NLL at 9-3. Every other team has at least four league losses.
After committing four fouls and three turnovers in the opening four minutes, Perrysburg held just a 7-4 lead over the Panthers (1-15, 0-12). Then Abby Sattler’s 3-pointer from the top of the key sparked a 21-2 run that spilled into the second quarter, giving the ’Jackets a 28-6 lead.
“It might have been a little bit of rust, but I thought we looked all right the rest of the night,” Sims said.
Sarah Baer led Perrysburg with a game-high 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Allex Brown added 15 points. Lindy DeLong and Abby Sattler each scored 14 points as the ’Jackets held a 34-19 advantage in rebounds.
Defensively, Perrysburg used a full-court press, a tactic it has only used on a part-time basis this year.
On this night it paid off. The ’Jackets forced 39 turnovers, which led to easy transition baskets all night.
“We did it a lot last year. We don’t do it as much this year, but we still practice it a lot,” Sims said of the full-court pressure.
“A lot of times once you get a steal or two and you get out in transition, then it seems to snowball, at least tonight it did. It was a little slow in the beginning but once we got a few points in transition that was pretty much it the whole night, give or take.”
Not only did Perrysburg use a transition game for points, it also knocked down seven 3-pointers, including two each from Sattler, DeLong and Jenn Witt.
Abbi Schultz was Maumee’s only scorer in double figures as the Panthers were held to six or fewer points in each quarter.
When asked what his team gains from such an out-of-hand game, Sims eluded to the point that Perrysburg simply needed to get back on the court.
“We haven’t played in so long with the weird weather and we just needed to play. So we got that out of it,’’ Sims said. “You play harder than you practice. You usually give a little more effort even though you try to practice really hard.”
Perrysburg won the junior varsity game, 44-18. Erika Joldrichsen led the ’Jackets with 12 points.
PERRYSBURG 79, MAUMEE 19
Sattler, 4-2-0—14; Hunter, 2-0—4; Joldrichsen, 0-1-0—3; Moore, 0-0—0; E. Baer, 0-0—0; Witt, 1-2-0—8; DeLong, 2-2-4—14; S. Baer, 8-3—19; Piezer, 0-0—0; Brown, 5-5—15; Stapleton, 1-0—2. TOTALS: 23-7-12—79.
Green, 1-0—2; Stichler, 0-0—0; Higgins, 1-0—2; Harris, 2-1—5; Calopietro, 0-0—0; Kachenmeister, 0-0—0; Krewson, 0-0—0; Chilupe, 0-0—0; Bergquist, 0-0—0; Schultz, 5-0—10; White, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 9-1—19.
PERRYSBURG 21 22 23 13 —79
MAUMEE 6 5 4 4 —19
Junior varsity: Perrysburg, 44-18.
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