Helped out by a quick start from Morgan Leppelmeier, Pettisville took an early lead, then watched reserves play in the final stanza of a 44-33 Buckeye Border Conference girls basketball win against invading Edon Tuesday night.
“I’m extremely happy with how hard the girls are working,” Pettisville coach Jason Waldvogel said after the win. “We want people to play at our tempo and they’ve gotten people to do that in the first quarter the last couple of games.”
Leppelmeier tallied Pettisville’s first 10 points and had 12 of her game-high 19 points by the end of the opening period. Her fifth basket of the quarter, followed by scores from Kendal Pursel and Bekah Liechty, put the Blackbirds ahead 14-6 with two minutes left in the opening quarter.
“We had a good match-up for Morgan early on,” stated Waldvogel. “She realized it and got the ball in her hands. We utilized that to begin with.”
The Birds carried a double-digit lead through the rest of the half. Nichole Foor did have back-to-back baskets as Pettisville led 28-15 at the half.
“We are still looking for her to get more touches,” the Pettisville coach said of Foor. “We’re a lot better team when she touched the ball.”
Edon put together two extended runs in the second half. The first one came early in the third when Arianna Howard scored from the low block and Claire Radabaugh hit a pull-up jumper from the elbow. However, that run was answered at the end of the period when Leppelmeier tallied her final basket of the night and Mikayla Graber hit from long range.
Edon’s second run took the final 5:48 of the contest. With Pettisville going deep into its bench, the Bombers closed the game on a 10-0 run to make the final 44-33.
“It’s a good time to give some of these girls some minutes,” Waldvogel explained about going deep in his bench for the final period. “A game situation is something you can’t simulate in practice. It was a good fourth quarter for us to get some girls some time.”
Eight of Pettisville’s 17 turnovers were committed in the final stanza. The Birds finished 19 of 34 from the floor and had 23 rebounds to 17 for Edon. The Bombers finished 14 of 34 shooting after a 6 of 18 first half.
Foor added eight points for Pettisville.
The Birds (3-1, 3-0) will visit Montpelier Friday in a BBC clash.
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