|(updated: 1:01 a.m.) Perrysburg girls fall to Central Catholic in OT (01-18-14)|
|Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ/Sentinel Sports Writer|
|Saturday, 18 January 2014 23:47|
TOLEDO — Maybe it was one quirky play, or maybe it was a culmination of mistakes that cost Perrysburg’s girls a win Saturday night at Toledo Central Catholic.
Either way, the Yellow Jackets, ranked 12th in Division I, struggled at inopportune times leading to a 50-49 overtime loss to the Fighting Irish.
Perrysburg committed 17 turnovers in the loss, none more costly than an unforced turnover with just over two minutes to play in overtime.
Leading 48-44, the ’Jackets gave the ball away for the final time. Central’s Byrdy Galernik, who scored a team-high 19 points, turned the takeaway into a runner through the lane, cutting the Irish deficit to 48-46 with 2:04 left in overtime.
Central went on to score four of the game’s final five points to seal the win, improving to 8-3 overall.
Perrysburg is 12-2.
“You can’t do that,” Perrysburg coach Todd Sims said of the late-game mistakes. “In games like this, one little misstep, one lack of box out because you’re tired, or an unforced turnover like that hurts you.
“Up four with two minutes to go, I really like our chances,” he added. “We weren’t really being guarded and we turned the ball over and gave them a possession and Byrdy scored. You just can’t do that. It’s unacceptable if you want to win these kind of games.”
After Central’s Mikayla Simon tied the game at 48-48 on an assist from Alex Matus, Sarah Baer was fouled and went 1-for-2 from the free-throw line to regain Perrysburg’s lead with 50.6 left in overtime.
Central’s ensuing possession gave a controversial ending to what was an already interesting game.
With the Irish in the bonus, Central’s Michelle Murnen was fouled with 37 seconds remaining. As she approached the one-and-one free throw situation another Central player attempted to substitute into the game, but after the ball was already ruled in play.
After what appeared to be a lane violation by the Irish, the officials blew the whistle after the buzzer sounded, allowed Central’s substitution and ruled that Murnen would shoot a first free throw again.
Murnen eventually sank both attempts, giving Central its 50-49 lead.
“What should have happened is the girl should have subbed first because it wasn’t a two-shot foul shot. It was a one-and-one,” Sims explained. “(The official) threw (Murnen) the ball but they were going to sub her in, and the buzzer went off so she got to shoot it again.
“That ended up being the point, but that’s not what lost it,” Sims continued.
Abby Sattler gave Perrysburg a chance on its final possession, but her 3-point attempt from the top of the key rimmed out with three seconds left, and the clock ran out without another attempt.
Baer scored 21 points and collected 16 rebounds, while Lindy DeLong added 11 points. But the rest of Perrysburg’s offense never provided a constant threat as the ’Jackets shot just 19-of-42 (45 percent) from the field.
“They’re a good defensive team. ... We got a little tired but we need more than two players to score,” Sims said. “When you talk to basketball coaches they always talk about that third scorer. Most teams have two on a certain night and it’s that third one that usually gets you over the hump and we didn’t get that tonight.”
Perrysburg led 14-9 at the end of the first quarter, but seven turnovers in the second quarter allowed Central to take a 24-22 lead into halftime.
In the fourth quarter Baer and DeLong combined to score all 12 of Perrysburg’s points, helping it come back from a 37-32 deficit.
Trailing 42-39, Baer’s offensive rebound and put back preceded a DeLong 3-pointer from the top of the key, giving the ’Jackets a 44-42 lead with 1:41 left in regulation. But a Galernik runner tied the contest just 16 seconds later.
But as many negatives as Perrysburg saw, Sims still sees the game as a whole as a positive.
“It only makes us better,” he said. “And hopefully the next time this happens we get that box out or we don’t help off and give them the layup or we don’t turn the ball over with no one guarding us. But like I said, when you get through these things, it only makes you better. I like those 75-25 wins, but you get better doing this.”
Perrysburg won the junior varsity game, 38-36 in overtime. Macy Tudor’s runner from the left side with nine seconds left in OT gave broke a 36-36 tie. Erika Joldrichsen led Perrysburg with 10 points.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 50, PERRYSBURG 49, OT
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