Perrysburg girls defeat AW

Perrysburg’s Kayla
VanderVlucht (35) goes inside (Photos: Aaron Carpenter/Sentinel-Tribune)

PERRYSBURG — A stretch of 2:36 made all the difference Friday night for Perrysburg’s girls.
After trailing the entire first half, the Yellow Jackets closed the third quarter on an 11-2 run to take
the lead for good against Northern Lakes League opponent Anthony Wayne. PHOTO
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result was a 50-44 victory for Perrysburg, which improved to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the NLL.
Early on it looked as if the Yellow Jackets were in for a long night after four turnovers allowed AW to
jump out to an early 10-0 lead.
The charge was led by General freshman Jasmine Bonivel, who scored all seven of her points during the
stretch.
But Perrysburg fought back and chipped away at the lead throughout the remainder of the first half to cut
the deficit to 27-23 by halftime.
“Those are fun games to be in,” said Perrysburg head coach Todd Sims. “I’ve said this a lot now, when you
haven’t lost, you’re going to get teams’ ‘A’ games, and I’m not so sure we believe that yet. But once we
got down in a hole, we’re going to fight. I’d rather not be down 10-0 or anything, but I wasn’t worried
because I knew we’d scrap and fight with them.”
The Generals (4-3, 2-2) came out firing on all cylinders, but were forced into bad passes later in the
game due to Perrysburg’s defense.
“We got off to a good start,” AW head coach Justin Zemanski said. “We were making shots, and we were very
aggressive, but if you try to play Perrysburg in a half-court game it’s going to be very difficult. They
(Perrysburg) battled, we just had two or three too many mistakes … I give Perrysburg a lot of credit
for that, their pressure was outstanding.”

AW was led by Emma Ricketts, who scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds. Hayley Barrett added 10
points and six rebounds for the Generals.
The third quarter spelled the beginning of the end for AW as it was forced into eight of its 21 total
turnovers.
Most of the turnovers came in the 11-2 run, which allowed the Yellow Jackets to take a 40-34 lead into
the final quarter of play.
“That third quarter was huge,” Zemanski said. “We wanted to try to get off to a good start in the third
to set a foundation for the second half, we just didn’t get it done. The effort was there, but a couple
mistakes got us. If we could have got that lead back to where it was in the first half, we could have
put the nail in the coffin, but it just didn’t happen.”
Although Perrysburg itself had 21 turnovers, most came in the first half. Once the game progressed, the
Yellow Jackets settled down and played their game.
“We were a little choppy,” Sims said. “Obviously in the beginning, we got down. We were a little
tentative I would say, but once we got going we were all right. We hit a couple of three’s in the second
quarter and that was kind of the turning point, it got us a little bit of rhythm on offense. We have to
be an inside-out team. That has to be our strength. The more we can throw the ball inside, the more
things are going to open up outside.”
Perrysburg finished the game 18-of-38 (47 percent) from the field, including 3-of-9 (33 percent) from
beyond the 3-point line.
Kelsea Newman was the top performer for Perrysburg, scoring a game-high 17 points and grabbing six
rebounds. She was 5-of-5 from the free-throw line, including the two free throws that clinched the
victory.
“Any win is a big win no matter who you’re playing, but they’re (AW) obviously one of the top teams in
our league,” said Sims. “We play Northview next Friday, so we’d like to go in there on a positive note,
so tonight it’s a great win.”
Perrysburg won the junior varsity game 38-25. Abby Sattler led the Yellow Jackets with 10 points.

PERRYSBURG 50, ANTHONY WAYNE 44
ANTHONY WAYNE
Bedard, 2-0—4; Barrett, 2-1-3—10; Bonivel, 2-1-0—7; Tyre, 3-0—6; Ricketts, 6-2—14; Hilfinger, 0-0—0;
Kreft, 1-1—3; Smith, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 16-2-6—44.
PERRYSBURG
K. Tudor, 3-1-0—9; Knight, 1-0—2; B. Tudor, 0-2—2; Matolyak, 0-2—2; Treece, 1-2—4; Delas, 3-0—6; Newman,
3-2-5—17; VanderVulcht, 4-0—8. TOTALS: 15-3-11—50.
ANTHONY WAYNE
16 11 7 10 —44
PERRYSBURG 7 16 17 10 —50
Junior varsity: Perrysburg, 38-25.