|Updated: 11:48 p.m., Perrysburg girls suffer first loss of season (01-26-13)|
|Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ/Sentinel Sports Writer|
|Saturday, 26 January 2013 23:21|
TOLEDO — Perfection will not headline Perrysburg’s girls basketball team this year.
Saturday night the Yellow Jackets suffered their first loss of the season, a nonleague defeat at Toledo Notre Dame.
With her team trailing by two, Allex Brown’s 3-pointer from the right wing with four seconds on the clock caromed off the rim and the Eagles walked off 40-38 winners.
“I couldn’t ask for anything else,” Perrysburg head coach Todd Sims said of the final shot attempt. “We got a wide-open look to win the game and it didn’t go in. It was a great shot, it looked good.”
Perrysburg, ranked fifth in Division I, is 14-1 overall and ND improves to 13-3.
The ’Jackets battled back from a 34-24 deficit entering the final eight minutes of action as they caused 10 turnovers in that time span.
Abby Sattler scored seven of her team-high 10 points in the fourth quarter as she led Perrysburg on a furious comeback attempt.
The junior guard followed two free throws with a 15-foot jumper early in the fourth to cut ND’s lead to 36-32.
With one minute left in regulation, as the Eagles continued to falter on the offensive end, Sattler drilled a triple from just left of the top of the key, tying the contest at 37-37.
In the bonus with under one minute left, ND had possession and ran the clock to 24.3 seconds before Jayda Worthy, who scored a game-high 17 points, was fouled on her shot attempt.
Worthy missed the second of two free throws, but teammate Kaayla McIntyre grabbed the offensive rebound and converted an easy put-back to give ND a 40-37 lead with 19 seconds left.
Maddy Williams went 1-for-2 from the free-throw line on the ensuing possession and then ND was called for a five-second violation afterwards as it could not inbound the ball thanks to the tight Perrysburg defense.
The 10th Eagle turnover of the period gave Brown the chance for the game-winning shot.
“That wasn’t necessarily the play, but (ND) took away the initial part of the play and we kicked it and got a wide open look,” Sims said. “That’s all you could ask for. Next time it goes in.”
Perrysburg struggled finishing around the basket most of the game as it was reflected in a 12-of-34 (35 percent) shooting effort from 2-point range. The ’Jackets connected on only two 3-pointers and had nobody except Sattler in double figures.
Brown and Sarah Baer scored nine and eight points, respectively.
“In big games those add up, and in the games that aren’t so close you maybe forget about those misses around the hoop,” Sims said.
The misses around the basket allowed ND, the quickest team Perrysburg has seen all season, to capitalize through the first three quarters of the game.
The Eagles took a 23-15 halftime lead and turned it into a 32-19 lead with 3:06 left in the third quarter.
Perrysburg got within 10 by the end of the third and its usually stellar full-court pressing defense started getting the job done, giving it a chance for the win.
“Normally when you give up 40 points you have a pretty good chance at winning,” Sims said. “We gave up 40 points, with a chance to win at the end, on their court. I’ll take that.”
For Perrysburg, a team that has been in just three games this year where the winning margin has been 10 points or less, it is not worried about falling to ND, who was in the state final four last year.
“We don’t talk about (having been) undefeated,” Sims said. “We don’t talk about state rankings or ... polls or anything like that. We just play. We’ve done that all year so far and we’re going to do that for our next game.
“(It’s) not a big deal,” he added. “If we would have won, not a big deal ... Thursday against Maumee, that’s the big deal.”
ND won the junior varsity game 19-15. Lauren Piezer led Perrysburg with four points.
NOTRE DAME 40, PERRYSBURG 38
Sattler, 2-1-3—10; Whitacre, 0-0—0; Williams, 0-1-1—4; Dunphy, 1-0—2; Perry, 0-1—1; DeLong, 2-0—4; Baer, 3-2—8; Brown, 4-1—9. TOTALS: 12-2-8—38.
Battle, 1-1-0—5; Miller, 0-0—0; Wilkins, 0-0—0; Ohlinger, 1-2-0—8; McIntyre, 2-0—4; Worthy, 7-3—17; Jefferson, 2-1—5; Schroeder, 0-0—0; Parker, 0-0—0; Floyd, 0-1—1. TOTALS: 13-3-5—40.
PERRYSBURG 8 7 9 14 —38
NOTRE DAME 11 12 11 6 —40
Junior varsity: Notre Dame 19-15.
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