|(updated: 4:53 p.m.) Perrysburg girls fall to Notre Dame in battle of state-ranked teams (2-15-14)|
|Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ/Sentinel Sports Writer|
|Saturday, 15 February 2014 15:57|
PERRYSBURG — After trailing by just two at halftime, Perrysburg’s girls basketball team had a chance for a statement win over Notre Dame Saturday afternoon.
But the Eagles used their strength, size and length to hold the Yellow Jackets to just 13 second-half points as Perrysburg fell, 50-35, in a battle of Division I state-ranked teams.
Sixth-ranked Perrysburg is 18-3 overall, while Notre Dame, ranked seventh, improved to 18-3.
The ’Jackets battled through nine first-half turnovers to go into the break down 24-22. But scarce baskets were even harder to come by in the second half. Perrysburg shot just 5-of-25 from the floor in the final 16 minutes as it was out-scored 26-13.
It was just the third time this season that Perrysburg was held to less than 40 points.
“I’ve coached in a lot of games, and we’ve left the gym sometimes and we couldn’t even get a shot off,” Perrysburg coach Todd Sims said. “The other team we played was so much faster than we were and whatever. But (today) we got shots — we got quality shots. Inside they were harder, more difficult because of their length. But we also go some wide-open looks at some threes.”
Sarah Baer led the ’Jackets with 13 points and 15 rebounds, but no other Perrysburg player reached doubled figures. Allex Brown had 10 rebounds.
Throughout the second half, after every Perrysburg run, Notre Dame had no trouble answering.
The ’Jackets trailed 41-28 with 7:20 to play before cutting the lead to 41-32. But the Eagles closed the game on a 9-3 advantage.
“That’s what really good teams do. That’s what state-caliber teams do,” Sims said. “Sometimes when you hit a couple shots in a row you wake them up. ... That’s why they’re as good as they are.”
The Eagles have reached the state semifinals in each of the last two seasons.
Notre Dame opened the third quarter with a 7-0 run in a span of 1:51. Kaayla McIntyre, who sat most of the first half with foul trouble, sparked the run with a quick basket inside. She finished with 13 points.
Tierra Floyd also scored 13 points, and Jayda Worthy added 11.
McIntyre, Floyd and Worthy all stand at 6-feet or taller.
The 6-2 Floyd is the class of 2015’s top-ranked small forward in the state, and 10th in the country, according to ESPN.
“We struggle to score against them because we don’t get second shots against them. Or when we do an offensive rebound, there’s a 6-2 girl with long arms there to deflect the shot,” Sims said.
Notre Dame won the junior varsity game, 33-28. Sonia Krolak led the ’Jackets with nine points.
NOTRE DAME 50, PERRYSBURG 35
Copeland, 1-2-0—8; Huth, 0-0—0; Miller, 0-0—0; Gaines, 0-0—0; McIntyre, 6-1—13; Worthy, 3-5—11; Jefferson, 1-3—5; Parker, 0-0—0; Floyd, 1-3-2—13. TOTALS: 12-5-11—50.
Sattler, 1-1-0—5; Hunter, 0-2—2; Joldrichsen, 0-0—0; Moore, 0-0—0; Witt, 0-0—0; DeLong, 1-1-3—8; S. Baer, 4-1-2—13; Piezer, 0-1—1; Brown, 3-0—6; Stapleton, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 9-3-8—35.
NOTRE DAME 14 10 13 13 —50
PERRYSBURG 9 13 6 7 —35
Junior varsity: ND, 33-28.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 05:51|
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