Blackbirds down Vikings, 35-28

By Joe Blystone - For the Expositor

Pettisville found its way into the end zone one more time than Evergreen to hang a 35-28 loss on the Vikings Tuesday night.

Wait! Hold up! Football score in a basketball game. My bad.

Instead of multiples of seven, both teams struggled getting to the final in increments of one, two and three as they shot a combined 23 for 83 from the floor.

It was the Vikings who shot it a little bit better early, taking an 11-2 lead in the first quarter on a pair of baskets from Hannah Herr, four points from Savanna VanOstrand and a bucket from Jamie VanLoocke.

Meanwhile, the Blackbirds were one of their first 13 before Elizabeth Beck scored on a curl drive with 47 seconds left in the first.

That hoop sparked a 10-0 Pettisville run that carried to the last minute of the second quarter.

Beck did most of the damage with another drive and a triple from the left wing, and a Sami Tilley putback of another Blackbird miss gave Pettisville a 12-11 lead.

As poorly as the Birds shot in the second quarter (3-12), Evergreen did them one better..or worse..going 0 for 10.

The only score came when Bailie Sutter split a pair of free throws to knot the game back up at 12 with 1:34 left in the half.

Finally it was Pettisville in the third quarter showing some semblance of offense, going on a 10-2 run led by 5 of 8 shooting from the floor.

Morgan Leppelmeier’s putback broke a 14 all tie with 4:23 left to give Pettisville the lead for good.

Tilley followed with a score inside and Leppelmeier picked up a loose ball and rammed it home to give the Blackbirds a 20-14 lead.

Sutter scored her second hoop of the quarter to get Evergreen within four, but Beck drilled her second triple of the night as the Birds took a 24-16 lead into the final quarter.

Two hoops from Brandi Schnitkey and one more from Kendal Pursel around an Abi Borojevich three-ball gave Pettisville its biggest lead at 31-19 midway through the fourth quarter.

“I’m extremely proud of our girls tonight,” said Blackbird coach Jason Waldvogel. “This was probably the best team effort we’ve had all year. Everybody contributed both on the offense and defensive end. This was a hard fought hustle game and I think we were good in that area tonight.”

For the game, after going 4 of 7 in the first quarter, the Vikings shot just 6 for 34 the rest of the game.

After a 5 for 26 first half, the Blackbirds were 8 of 16 in the second.

Beck led all scorers with 13 for Pettisville. Leppelmeier added 10, eight of those in the second half.

No Vikings hit double figures.

Evergreen (3-8) now travels to Swanton on Thursday to face the Bulldogs in an NWOAL contest. Pettisville (9-6) hosts Montpelier Thursday in Buckeye Border Conference action.

By Joe Blystone

For the Expositor

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