|Updated: 11:34 p.m., Perrysburg girls finish perfect NLL season by beating Anthony Wayne (2-14-13)|
|Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ/Sentinel Sports Writer|
|Thursday, 14 February 2013 22:06|
But Perrysburg’s girls did just that after fending off Anthony Wayne 51-38, Thursday night in their regular season finale. PHOTO GALLERY
The Yellow Jackets, ranked eighth in Division I, head into the postseason 20-1 overall and 14-0 in the NLL.
Perrysburg had not gone undefeated in the NLL since the 2008-09 season.
“It’s very cool. They’re real excited,” said Perrysburg head coach Todd Sims. “We clinched (the NLL title) the other day and they’re still fired up because that’s a great accomplishment.
“I can count on my hands how many times our girls teams have gone through the league undefeated,” he added.
Sarah Baer was a centerpiece in the paint for Perrysburg.
The 6-foot-1 junior center scored a game-high 19 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked five shots. She was the only player to score in double figures for the ’Jackets, who struggled shooting in the first half.
Baer, after missing her first three shots, finished 8-of-15 from the floor.
“She is so hard to guard ... And she gets to the (free-throw) line because people smack at her,” Sims said. “Her thing is she just needs to finish around the basket more consistently. And she will, and she works on it.”
Baer was not the only one missing inside. As a team, Perrysburg was 18-of-50 (36 percent) from the field and had made just six field goals in the first half where it clung to a 20-19 lead.
“We need to shoot better,” Sims said. “And we are a better shooting team than that.
“It was one of those things,” he added. “Every basketball team goes through it ... But I liked the way we fought.”
AW (13-8, 8-6) led the majority of the first half before Perrysburg sprung to life late in the second quarter.
The Generals held a 19-16 lead before Baer cut the lead to one on a bucket inside with 38 seconds left in the first half.
On the ensuing possession, the AW player fell and the ball rolled out of bounds. Perrysburg capitalized with another basket by Baer with eight seconds on the clock, giving it a 20-19 advantage.
“We out-played (AW) in the first half,” Sims said. “We were behind most of the time, but you looked at halftime and we were up one. That was a little psychological advantage for us.”
The momentum carried over to the third quarter.
Perrysburg remedied its poor-shooting first half by making its first five shots of the third quarter where it out-scored the Generals 19-9.
Baer scored nine of her points in the period where the ’Jackets were 8-of-13 shooting, thanks in part to guard Maddy Williams’ intelligent passes inside.
Williams, who scored six points, contributed with eight assists and five steals.
“Maddy Williams, she owned the third quarter,” Sims said. “She doesn’t score a lot. She could, but she doesn’t need to. But she made some great passes. She’s a natural passer.”
Perrysburg led 30-24 with 4:32 left in the third before Allex Brown’s layup, Baer’s traditional 3-point play and Maddy Perry’s bucket made it 37-24 with 1:03 to go in the quarter.
AW cut the lead to 37-28, but that was as close as it would get to the ’Jackets the rest of the way.
The Generals, who committed four of their 17 turnovers in the fourth quarter, did not get a shot off for the first three minutes of the final quarter.
“This team fights like crazy,” Sims said. “We’re never going to lay down or go away. And that’s our strength. We’re always around people. They might break presses and do some things, but we’re always going to be around to just wear you out and we did that.”
To begin its postseason, Perrysburg will play the Bowling Green-Springfield winner in a sectional final Feb. 23 at Otsego High School at 6:15 p.m.
AW won the junior varsity game, 34-30 in overtime. Taylin Hunter led the ’Jackets with 12 points.
PERRYSBURG 51, ANTHONY WAYNE 38
Sattler, 1-1-3—8; Whitacre, 0-0—0; Williams, 1-4—6; Moore, 0-0—0; Dunphy, 1-1-0—5; Perry, 1-0—2; Gremler, 0-0—0; Dorner, 0-0—0; DeLong, 2-1—5; Baer, 8-3—19; Brown, 2-2—6. TOTALS: 16-2-13—51.
Cardinal, 0-1-0—3; Allen, 1-0—2; Bonivel, 4-1—9; Bedard, 2-2-3—13; Mitchell, 0-0—0; Krieg, 0-2—2; Venglarcik, 0-0—0; Hood, 1-0—2; Zankl, 1-5—7; Bahr, 0-0—0; Shields, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 9-3-11—38.
PERRYSBURG 8 12 19 12 —51
AW 11 8 9 10 —38
Junior varsity: AW, 34-30, OT.
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