Archbold girls basketball proved why they are a favorite to defend their Northwest Ohio Athletic League title Friday, jumping out to a 37-point lead by halftime and putting away Wauseon in the second half, 79-29.
The closest Wauseon got came when a three-point play from Sydney Zirkle cut Archbold’s lead to 4-3 1:26 into the contest.
However, Emie Peterson responded for Archbold with two free throws, Andi Peterson added a basket on an inbound play, Kamryn Hostetler pegged a three-pointer, then both Hostetler and Andi Peterson got buckets off steals to make it 16-3.
Over the next few minutes the Indians got a combined five points from Rylee Campbell and Sam Aeschliman, but Blair Bucklew hit a long deuce for the Blue Streaks and Hostetler a triple, keeping the margin at 21-8 with 2:30 left in the first quarter.
Archbold closed the quarter with six straight to lead 27-8 after one.
The Streaks continued to dominate in the second stanza, outscoring Wauseon 20-2. The Indians’ lone points came on a drive and score by Zirkle to make the score 33-10 at the 4:34 mark.
Hostetler then banged home a three and Lily Krieger added a putback basket to extend the Archbold lead. Andi Peterson would follow with three straight Blue Streak hoops, while Bucklew scored inside and also hit 1 of 2 free throws to equal the halftime margin of 47-10.
Hostetler paced the Streaks with 18 points, Andi Peterson tacked on 16 and Krieger 10. Aeschliman and Campbell each had 9 for Wauseon.
Archbold (2-0) stays at home on Tuesday when they host Fairview. Wauseon (0-3), after they host Edgerton Monday, is off until next Monday when they face Fairview on the road.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010