Updated: 10:45 p.m., Perrysburg's girls fall to Notre Dame in regional semifinal (3-5-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ, Sentinel Sports Writer   
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 22:50
Perrysburg's Lindy Delong (middle) loses control of the ball while defended by Notre Dame's Christina Jefferson (23) and Kaalya McIntyre (15). (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
TOLEDO — Perrysburg entered its third Division I regional semifinals in four years, Tuesday night, against the only team to beat it this season.
Notre Dame Academy defeated the Yellow Jackets 40-38 on Jan. 26. And again on this night, the Eagles, with their size and athletic ability were a winner over eighth-ranked Perrysburg — this time in a game that meant much more. PHOTO GALLERY
Despite having another solid defensive effort, the ’Jackets struggled offensively as they ended their season with a 41-30 loss to ND at Toledo Central Catholic High School.
Perrysburg, which ended its season 23-2, fell to the Eagles in the regional semifinals last year as well.
The ’Jackets connected on just 12 shots from the floor and failed to have a scorer in double figures. They scored in single digits in every quarter except the third.
“There are some teams that have size but they don’t have athletic ability. They have both,” Perrysburg head coach Todd Sims said of ND.
“They’re a little bit longer than we’re used to shooting over, but I thought we did a pretty good job, at times, of getting open shots,” he added. “In games like this you have to make those.”
Sarah Baer and Allex Brown, who have dominated the paint throughout the tournament, met their match against the Eagles.
Baer, and junior, and Brown, a sophomore, were limited to seven and three points, respectively and combined for 16 rebounds.
Baer, a 6-foot-1 center, averaged 13.2 points per game in the regular season, while Brown, a 6-1 forward, averaged 10.2 points per game in the regular season.
“A lot of times Sarah and Allex and Maddy (Perry) and Sam (Gremler) can go around post players and shoot layups,” Sims said. “We can’t get around (ND). They’re a little bit more athletic than we’re used to.”
On the other hand, the Eagles, now 22-3 overall, were efficient on offense. Although they made just 14 shots from the floor, the Eagles ran the clock to ensure they got they shot they wanted.
Tierra Floyd scored a game-high 14 points as she knocked down three 3-pointers and Jada Worthy added 12 points and 12 rebounds.
“We did a good job of getting the ball in places to score, even if it was after 30 or 40 seconds off the clock,” said ND head coach Travis Galloway. “Our patience was unbelievable.”
“The thing about them is ... you can’t go down six or eight because they’re good at holding the ball or taking their time,” Sims said.
Perrysburg trailed 27-17 with 2:17 remaining in the third quarter before cutting its deficit to 27-24 by the end of the third.
Lindy DeLong, who scored six points for the ’Jackets, hit a 3-pointer with 49 seconds left in the period and then Baer recorded a steal and went coast-to-coast for the layup, just 25 seconds later, making it 27-22.
Floyd was hit with an offensive foul with 8.3 seconds left on ND’s next possession and Abby Sattler drove for a buzzer-beating runner to get Perrysburg within three.
But the Eagles started the fourth with Floyd shooting two free throws. She made the first and then missed the second, but Worthy was there for the offensive putback to stretch the ND lead back to six (30-24) with 6:16 left in the game.
“There was a lot of pressure on her to be a leader ... She does a great job of making the hustle plays,” Galloway said of Worthy.
“The game came down to we just didn’t make enough plays,” Sims said.
The Eagles out-scored Perrysburg 14-6 in the fourth quarter and out-scored it 7-2 in the final 2:11, while going 7-of-12 from the free-throw line.
“Our kids did a great job of staying with each other and keeping their composure,” Galloway said.
For Perrysburg, it completed a 23-win season with just one returning starter in Baer. Next year the ’Jackets will potentially bring back three starters (Baer, DeLong and Sattler) as well as Brown, who came off the bench all season.
“Nobody would have guessed, with one starter coming back, that we would have been 23-2,” Sims said. “I’m very pleased. It is hard, mostly because you’re going to miss them.
“We have a very bright future ... We’re not going anywhere.”

Battle, 0-0—0; Miller, 0-0—0; Ohlinger, 0-0—0; McIntyre, 4-0—8; Worthy, 5-2—12; Jefferson, 1-5—7; Floyd, 1-3-3—14. TOTALS: 11-3-10—41.
Sattler, 2-1—5; Whitacre, 0-0—0; Williams, 1-1-0—5; Dunphy, 0-0—0; Perry, 2-0—4; Gremler, 0-0—0; DeLong, 0-2-0—6; Baer, 3-1—7; Brown, 1-1—3. TOTALS: 9-3-3—30.
NOTRE DAME    12    6    9    14    —41
PERRYSBURG    9    2    13    6    —30


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