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Updated: 10:33 p.m., Perrysburg girls pound Waite, 69-22 (2-11-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ/Sentinel Sports Writer   
Monday, 11 February 2013 22:22
Perrysburg's Katy Dunphy (14) aims for the basket against Waite's Taylor Works. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG — It would have been hard for Senior night to be any better for Perrysburg’s girls basketball team Monday night.
The Yellow Jackets, ranked 10th in Division I, cruised to a 69-22 win over Waite in a nonleague contest inside The Arena at Perrysburg High School.
With its win, Perrysburg is 19-1 overall, while Waite is 7-10. PHOTO GALLERY
The game marked the final time the five seniors would compete on their home floor, and fittingly all five seniors saw action, combining for 21 points.
Maddy Williams led the senior group with eight points, while Samantha Gremler added seven points.
Mollie Whitacre, Maddy Perry and Katie Dunphy score two points each.
“That’s a great thing,” Perrysburg head coach Todd Sims said of the five seniors getting playing time. “This night is for them. We talked about that, sending them out the right way.”
But it was hardly a stress-free night from the beginning as the final score might indicate.
The ’Jackets were sluggish for the first two and a half minutes of the game. They were lacking intensity, missing shots, not rebounding and hardly playing defense as Waite jumped out to an 8-0 lead.
Sims quickly took a timeout after Tazunique Smith’s bucket to make it 8-0 with 5:42 to play in the first quarter.
“Possibly,” Sims said as to whether the score of the junior varsity game (54-3, Perrysburg) had anything to do with a slow start. “Even though I told them that their varsity has won some games, but you can’t look at that.
“Like I said in the timeout, (Waite) made some shots, but they were 8-footers,” Sims added. “It wasn’t like they were throwing in 25-footers, because they were open. We weren’t guarding anybody.”
Perrysburg responded from the 8-0 deficit with a 12-0 spurt of their own sparked by a pair of free throw from Sarah Baer.
Baer scored six of Perrysburg’s first eight points, finishing with a game-high 17 points and seven rebounds. She was 6-of-6 from the free-throw line.
“I knew we’d be fine once we got a little rhythm,” Sims said. “Once we broke the ice and got the tempo going a little bit, I knew we’d be fine.”
Following a basket from Janae Kenny to make it 12-10, the ’Jackets went on a 30-3 scoring run which started with 53 seconds left in the first quarter and finished with 4:34 to play in the third.
The scoring outburst made it 42-13 and through that time Baer and Allex Brown had done the bulk of their work to help lead Perrysburg.
Lindy DeLong scored seven of her 13 points in the fourth quarter, where the ’Jackets out-scored Waite 18-5.
“Once we scored and started pressing a little bit to get the tempo up, then it was good,” Sims said.
Baer and Brown, again were a dominant force inside as they have been all year. Brown contributed with 12 points and 14 rebounds for her second consecutive double-double.
But Gremler, who saw significant minutes off the bench, was a force as well collecting eight rebounds.
And Sims went on to compliment all four of his post players, who are all 5-foot-11 or taller.
“She is tough to guard because she is so active,” Sims said of Baer. “But so is Allex, so is Maddy Perry, so is Sam. We’re not big physically, so we run.
“If you’re a bigger post player for the other team, you get sick of chasing them all over the place.”
Perrysburg travels to Anthony Wayne Thursday night as it will attempt to get through the Northern Lakes League without a loss.
Perrysburg won the junior varsity game 54-3. Sarah Stapleton led the ’Jackets with 12 points.

Thompson, 0-0—0; Kenny, 1-0—2; Works, 0-1—1; Gary, 0-1-0—3; Smith, 1-0—2; Caldwell, 3-2-0—12; Craig, 1-0—2; Williams, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 6-3-1—22.
Sattler, 1-2—4; Whitacre, 1-0—2; Williams, 4-0—8; Moore, 1-0—2; Dunphy, 1-0—2; Perry, 1-0—2; Gremler, 2-1-0—7; Dorner, 0-0—0; DeLong, 5-1-0—13; Baer, 5-7—17; Schumaker, 0-0—0; Brown, 5-2—12. TOTALS: 26-2-11—69.
WAITE    10    3    4    5    —22
PERRYSBURG    16    18    17    18    —69
Junior varsity: Perrysburg 54-3.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 February 2013 10:36

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