(Updated 10:15 p.m.) Springfield girls down BGHS in sectional game (2-19-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 21:26
Bowling Green's Livvy Dill (left) charges down the court as Springfield's's Sydney Powhida guards. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
TONTOGANY — Closing the game on a 21-1 run allowed Springfield to post a 52-33 victory over Bowling Green in a Division I girls sectional game at Otsego High School Tuesday. PHOTO GALLERY
The Bobcats had a 32-31 lead after Reagan Morman made two free throws with 5:53 to play in the game. BG did not score again until Sara Morlock made a free throw with 53.8 seconds remaining to play. The three free throws were the only points BG scored in the fourth quarter.
The Bobcats were hurt by turnovers and missed shots in the fourth quarter. Springfield’s 2-3 zone was fairly effective contesting outside shots and also made it difficult for BG to take the ball to the basket.
‘‘We couldn’t hit jump shots,’’ BG head coach Jeff Nichols said. ‘‘When we’re not finishing at the rim because of contact or because of quick shots, we are not scoring.
‘‘As the frustration of not being able to score kind of snowballed, our defensive effort lost focus and it just didn’t end up being a good night for us.’’
Nichols added because of their shooting woes, some Bobcats started to pass up shots they would normally take: ‘‘No kid wants to make the mistake that ends up costing another turnover or something. We just didn’t step up and shoot the jump shots we needed to shoot. It’s not anybody’s fault.’’
BG took a 30-28 lead into the final quarter. Springfield tied the game with a basket from Sydney Powhida and took the lead on a Mya Watkins free throw. Watkins’ free throw broke a streak of nine straight missed free throws for the Blue Devils.
After the Bobcats regained the lead on Morman’s free throws, Springfield took control of the game at both ends of the floor. Offensively, Powhida scored 10 points in the final quarter and Natalie Yoder had six. The Blue Devils were 10-of-20 from the free-throw line in the final eight minutes.
‘‘The difference in the fourth quarter was that our girls started to contain the ball and were doing a real nice job on the glass,’’ said Springfield head coach Steve Carroll. “Down the stretch we hit some foul shots and we came up with some loose balls and rebounds and contained the dribble.’’
Carroll said overall the zone was effective and that the Blue Devils, for the most part, met their goals on defense — to get back; stop the ball and contain the ball; and limit BG to one shot.
BG had beaten Springfield twice in the regular season.
“I give a lot of credit to coach Carroll and the Springfield girls, they came out and played hard,’’ Nichols said. ‘‘They really wanted to work and keep us at a slower-pace, kind of a controlled-style game.
‘‘They (Springfield) played very physical tonight. Some of bumping and stuff like that, I’m not saying it was a foul, I think that kind of displaced us a little bit,’’ Nichols added.
Both teams got off to a slow start as BG held a 7-4 lead after eight minutes.
Springfield made 9-of-10 free throws in the second quarter as the Blue Devils led 20-18 at the half.
In the third quarter, Hanna Williford scored six points and Livvy Dill was 4-of-4 from the free-throw line to help the Bobcats take their two-point lead into the final quarter.
Haley Glandorff led BG with 10 points, Dill scored nine and Williford added eight.
Yoder led the Blue Devils with 17 points and Powhida added 14 points.
Springfield was 21-of-31 from the free-throw line in the game as Yoder was 11-of-13.
BG finished its season 13-10.
“We’re proud of the kids. We had 13 wins after we graduated nine seniors and five starters last year,’’ Nichols said. ‘‘A lot of people probably thought we would be lucky to win three or four games.
‘‘We’re still learning. We have two sophomores and two juniors (starting),’’ Nichols added.
Springfield, 10-13, advanced to face Perrysburg Saturday at 6:15 p.m. at Otsego.

Glandorff, 2-2-0—10; Smith, 0-0—0; Dill, 1-1-4—9; Williford, 3-2—8; Morman, 0-1-2—5; S. Morlock, 0-1—1; Daniels, 0-0—0; Pisarski, 0-0—0; Maas, 0-0—0; Schaller, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 6-4-9—33.
Yoder, 3-11—17; S. Powhida, 6-2—14; Nopper, 1-0—2; D. Geiger, 1-1-2—7; Teifke, 1-2—4; Goodwin, 0-0—0; Rollins, 0-3—3; Collins, 0-0—0; Watkins, 1-1—3; H. Geiger, 0-0—0; Fox, 0-0—0; Montague, 1-0—2. TOTALS: 14-1-21—52.
BGHS    7    11    12    3    —33
SPRINGFIELD    4    16    8    24    —52
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:21

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