Perrysburg struggles in opener

PERRYSBURG — Perrysburg’s girls basketball team has dominated the Northern Lakes League over the last two
seasons.
That domination came to an end in the season opener Tuesday night.
Northview, sporting three Division I signees, pressured a young Perrysburg team all night, leading to a
54-34 win over the Yellow Jackets.
Perrysburg’s 30-game NLL win streak was snapped in the loss.
“They’re loaded. They grew up and we graduated people,” Perrysburg coach Todd Sims said of Northview.
Perrysburg committed 26 turnovers and missed a handful of shots around the basket. The Jackets trailed
26-14 at halftime and failed to reached double-digit scoring in any quarter except the fourth.
But Northview (2-0) appeared to be firing on all cylinders after the first quarter.
Kendall McCoy, who will play at Miami (OH) next year, led the LadyKats with 17 points. No other Northview
player reached double figures, but Kendall Jessing had seven points and Maddie Cole had six. Jessing and
Cole will play at Ohio and Bowling Green, respectively, next year.
“You can’t control that stuff. … They just happen to have a really, really good senior class,” Sims
said.
“We struggled offensively,” he added. “To stay close with them you have to make shots — shots that maybe
you don’t normally make.”
Allex Brown, who is signed with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, led Perrysburg with 10
points. Erika Joldrichsen added eight points.
The Jackets held a slim lead through the majority of the first quarter, but it never lasted.
With the game tied at 11-11, McCoy hit a jumper from the left side and followed it with a 3-pointer from
the top of the key. Jessing added another triple from the right corner 58 seconds later. It all sparked
a 12-0 Northview run, helping it to its 12-point lead at halftime.
The LadyKats all but put the game away late in the third quarter, using an 11-0 run capped by a McCoy 3,
to go up 42-20.
“We hit an offensive lull more than everything else,” Sims said. “And if you’re not shooting well, you’re
loosing an extra 10 or 12 possessions. … We missed some shots that we’re going to make.”
Perrysburg had 15 turnovers in the first half, and then nine more in the third quarter.
“They’re one of those teams, because they’re so talented, you have to sort of hang around them,” Sims
said of Northview. “If you look at their roster, they have everything you need to be good.”
Perrysburg won the junior varsity game 42-28. Hailey Wenzelman led the Jackets with 12 points, while
Sonia Krolak added 11.