(updated: 10:58 p.m.) BGHS girls battle, fall to Toledo Rogers (2-27-14)

BG’s Kendal Glandorff
(12) gets tangled up with Rogers’ Keasja Peace (right) for the ball. (Photo: Enoch

PERRYSBURG — Bowling Green’s girls basketball team battled to the final possession, but came up just
short in a 71-68 Division II district semifinal loss to a talented, athletic Toledo Rogers team at
Perrysburg High School.
After trailing for nearly the entire game, the Bobcats battled to within one point in the fourth quarter.
Bowling Green had a chance to tie the game with 23 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, but was
unable to execute the offensive set and turned the ball over. PHOTO GALLERY

“It’s a
shame we didn’t win, but I am so proud of these kids,” BG coach Jeff Nichols said. “They are one of the
most athletic teams we have seen this year and they have several Division I commits, but they had to
play 32 minutes tonight.”
BG was led by senior point guard Hanna Williford who finished with 26 points. Tyanna Smith, who had to
sit out much of the third quarter due to foul trouble, finished with 20 points and eight rebounds,
including 16 first-half points. Smith made 10 free throws in a row through the first three quarters.
Kendal Glandorff had 11 points and two blocked shots.
A Reagan Morman jumper from the wing with 1:56 remaining in the fourth quarter cut the lead to 66-64.
Later, a Williford steal and layup made it 69-68 with 50 seconds remaining.
BG fouled to extend the game and Rogers’ Akienreh Johnson hit two free throws to make it 71-68. Johnson
had 21 points for Rogers (21-4) and Sasha Dailey added 17. Both have made commitments to Division I
“You can look back and we can look at a couple of calls here and there, a free throw here, a turnover
there,” Nichols said. “You can’t ask for anything more from these kids than they gave.
“There are not any of our kids who should be walking out of here with their head down.”
BG trailed by as many as 14 points in the second quarter and was held to just six points in the first
quarter. But the Bobcats, on the heels of strong post play from Smith, cut the lead to four at 35-31 at
the half. BG out-scored Rogers 25-18 in the second quarter.
In the second half, BG played without one of its key post players, Livvy Dill, who sustained an ankle
injury, Nichols said.
“It changes a lot of what we do. She is a great contributor for us. When she goes out, it hurt us,” he
Smith, after erupting for 16 first-half points, was held to just four points in the second half.
“We knew we would have some opportunities to get the ball inside to her. She has improved so much this
year … she is a kid that wills herself to get better,” Nichols said of Smith. “They did a nice job
fronting her and being physical with her in the post.”
Rogers was the aggressor in the third quarter and pushed the tempo of the game. The Rams took a 58-52
lead headed into the final eight minutes after Glandorff hit a 3-pointer to close out the quarter.
Headed into the fourth, Rogers hit key 3-pointers and battled for offensive rebounds, but BG never backed
The Bobcats, led by Williford, attacked the rim and went 17-of-22 from the free-throw line over the
course of the game.
“She is a super player. We are going to miss her next year,” Nichols said about Williford. “She played
strong and she played fearless and she led us.”
“In the second half, we decided we could either give up or go start playing the best we could. I just
tried to do my part and get to the rim, so that’s what I did,” Williford said.
“We worked really hard in practice to get here. We knew they were a really good team and we had to give
our best. We did that,” Williford added.
BG finished its season at 13-12.
Glandorff, 3-1-2—11; Smith, 5-10—20; Dill, 2-0—4; Williford, 6-3-5—26; Morman, 2-1—7; Maas, 0-0—0;
Bowers, 0-0—0; Szabo, 0-0—0; Kale, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 18-5-17—68.
Dailey, 7-1-0—17; Austin 1-1-2—7; Smith, 0-1—1; Johnson, 6-2-3—21; Peace, 4-1—9; Hampton-Bey, 1-0—2;
Petty, 2-0—4; Easley, 3-0—6; Williams-Price, 2-0—4. TOTALS: 26-4-7—71
BGHS 6 25 21 16 —68
17 18 23 13 —71

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