Perrysburg 6-foot-2 junior center Wrigley Takats is surrounded by a different kind of crew than when she helped lead the volleyball team to the Division I state semifinals.
On the basketball floor Takats is surrounded by a contingent of young, talented guards who led the Yellow Jackets to a 56-13 rout over Bowling Green on the Bobcats’ floor Tuesday.
Sophomore guard Chloe Kilbride scored 15 points, junior guard Taylor Jockett scored 11, and sophomore guard Hayley Griggs had 10 points and five steals in leading the Yellow Jackets.
Takats, who had four points and a game-high 10 rebounds, says her role is to crash the boards, dominate in the paint, and make sure the guards get their opportunities to score.
“I think that everyone is stepping up their own role,” Takats said. “For me, I’m not supposed to score, I’m supposed to get the boards.
“We have Chloe, Hayley, and (sophomore guard) Ayla (Turk) who are going to score and give us those points. When we each do our role, we do very well,” Takats continued.
The Yellow Jackets shot 47% (21-for-45) from the field, made 6-of-8 free throws (75%), and had just 13 turnovers to the Bobcats’ 25. In addition, Perrysburg connected on eight three-point shots.
Turk had six points, four rebounds and two steals, freshman guard Kallie Thames had six points and two steals for the Yellow Jackets, and senior forward Megan Gibbs had four points and two steals.
Senior forward Aubry Petree did not score but had five rebounds as the Yellow Jackets held a 32-26 advantage off the glass.
Perrysburg improves to 3-2 overall and 2-2 with the Northern Lakes League victory but already suffered conference losses to Napoleon and Anthony Wayne.
“We’re getting better. We weren’t ready to play the Napoleon game and that is my fault, plus we had some late fall sports and stuff,” Perrysburg coach Todd Sims said.
“But since then, we’ve been getting better. We played OK against Anthony Wayne. Obviously, we had a few things we need to try and work on, like everybody else.
“We are still really young — freshmen, sophomores, juniors and some seniors sprinkled in, but I like where we are at,” Sims added.
Takats believes her team will be a force to deal with as the season gets into the stretch run.
“I think we have real good potential,” Takats said. “We are all different leaders, and we all play different roles.
“I feel like we’re putting them all together right now and it’s working very well. So, we need to keep doing that and we’ll be very successful.”
BG, which falls to 3-4 and 1-3, had early non-league wins over Lima Senior and Tiffin Columbian, and got off to a good start against Perrysburg Tuesday.
One minute into the game, junior guard Lola Thompson hit a three, and then junior post Allison Fry scored on a dish from junior guard Macyn Dean-Scheele, giving the Bobcats an early 5-1 lead.
Perrysburg went on a 15-2 run, taking a 16-7 lead, and by halftime Perrysburg led, 35-11. Midway through the third period, Perrysburg’s lead reached 35 points and the game went to a running clock.
Lola Thompson finished with five points, four rebounds and two steals and senior post Shayle Greiner had four points and eight rebounds for the Bobcats.
Senior post Jamie Sayen had two points and seven rebounds, Fry had two points and two steals, and senior guard Londyn Thompson had two steals for the Bobcats, who were 5-for-37 (14%) from the field and 2-for-3 from the line.
First-year BG coach Jake Vanneman, a 1999 BGHS graduate, says his team is taking what it can from the wins, and learning from the losses.
“Right now, we are just trying to learn how to continue on little successes — one stop at a time and then working on taking care of the basketball,” Vanneman said.
“Basically, we’re trying to compete on a daily basis, find ways to understand when we make an adjustment in games, and we have to learn how to make those adjustments quickly.”