SYLVANIA – Perhaps the most excitement at the Division III girls sectional first round at Sylvania Northview was when an unruly Liberty Center fan would be asked to leave the premises by the game officials.
That came in the fourth quarter long after the outcome was decided as second-seeded Archbold started the game on a 9-0 run and never looked back, toasting the Tigers 73-16.
“Having a week off before the tournament is why we played a first round game,” explained Streaks coach Brian Ziegler. “It was a long layoff to this game and I thought we executed very well on offense against their man and the zone. I thought we cut well, we screened well and I thought tonight was one of our best defensive efforts all year.”
Cassi Wyse opened scoring just 11 seconds into the game on a high-low lob before Kierstyn Repp and Alyssa Ziegler each tripled and Andi Peterson split a pair from the foul line to make it 9-0 with 4:19 left in the quarter.
Emma Babcock put the Tigers on the board by hitting a free throw, then Ziegler traded triples with the Tigers’ Sydni Altman to keep LC within contact at 12-4 when Archbold rattled off a huge run that lasted the rest of the half.
Morgan Miller scored on an out-of-bounds play, Emie Peterson got inside for a hoop, Shelby Cline and Emie Peterson each added a three-pointer prior to the end of the quarter, giving the Streaks a 22-4 lead.
That lead ballooned to 42-6 by halftime thanks to 13 second period turnovers forced by the Streaks.
Andi Peterson and Wyse each scored on the same high-low play, Repp and Wyse went solo to the rim after steals for two more scores, and Ziegler nailed yet another three to fuel the run.
“Our post players sealed really well tonight,” Ziegler said of the myriad of lobs to the rim. “Our high-low worked really well and everyone did a nice job getting the ball to people in position to score.
“We had a lot of kids do a lot of good things tonight. I thought trapping out of our half court defense was a big key tonight and we did that very well. Our kids know they are going to get opportunities and practice is very competitive. Sometimes it’s not very much fun but they know they are going to be called upon at some time and they need to execute.”
Archbold extended their advantage into the third, causing 12 more Tiger turnovers which led to Wyse and Andi Peterson scoring over the top, Neila Kinsman’s layup, and Repp’s second three-ball to bump the score to 56-9 at the quarter.
In all the Blue Streak defense harassed the Tigers into 36 miscues for the game while committing 14. Ziegler led an extremely balanced scoring column with 13, while Wyse also hit double figures with 10.
The Streaks (19-4) advance to the sectional final to play Rossford Saturday afternoon at Sylvania Southview at 1 p.m.
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