PH makes 13-point third quarter turnaround to defeat Wauseon

By Kevin Milliken - For the Expositor

Sometimes a strategic timeout can be used to simply settle a basketball team down or stop a rally — and sometimes it can be a game-changer.

That was the case Thursday night as the Patrick Henry girls basketball team made 16 of 20 free throws in the second half to turn a seven-point deficit into an eight-point road win, 46-38 over Wauseon in a Northwest Ohio Athletic League game.

The Lady Patriots were down by seven points, nothing seemed to be working right, and coach Kyle Tietje wanted a timeout before Wauseon could build on its lead and put the game away.

“We ran four straight sets and we didn’t execute off one of them the right way,” said coach Tietje. “It was always one different person (who) messed it up. We came out a little sluggish and I thought I’d call timeout (to) get into them. I think it worked. We lit a fire under them and they came out and played well after that.”

The teams traded baskets after the timeout to keep the Lady Indians up 28-21. Patrick Henry then went on a 10-0 run to take the lead by making a conscious effort to take the ball into the paint.

That resulted in four straight foul shots by senior Alyson Prigge and junior Claire Seedorf, followed by a pair of three-point plays by junior Jessica Bostelman who drove the lane on consecutive possessions.

Wauseon finally broke the spell with a layup by senior Anna Marshall with a minute left in the third period to cut the PH lead to 31-30.

But the Lady Patriots went on a 5-0 run to end the third quarter on foul shots and a putback by junior Courtney Rosebrook off a missed free throw for a 36-30 lead. PH made 9 of 10 from the charity stripe in the decisive quarter.

Wauseon opened the fourth quarter aggressively, trying to take the ball to the hoop and turning things up a notch defensively. The Indians made six straight free throws — four from Marshall and a pair by sophomore Karli Penrod to tie the game at 36 apiece.

But junior Katie Wagner answered for the Patriots with the team’s only three-pointer of the night from the wing.

“That was a big shot. That kind of got her going a little bit, made her a bit more aggressive,” said Tietje.

Wauseon kept it close until the final 2:30, when Patrick Henry put the game away at the foul line.

Wagner made four straight free throws, while sophomore Katelyn Drewes made the front end of a 1-and-1 for the final margin of 46-38. Patrick Henry made 7 of 10 from the line in the fourth quarter, shooting 80 percent at the charity stripe in the second half.

Wauseon’s coach credited the increase in dribble penetration by PH for the change in the tone of the game in the second half.

“We’ve played teams that do that, so that’s a little frustrating. We’ve got to be able to handle that,” said Indians’ coach Ashley Oyer. “They dribble-drove, they penetrated off the high post and they did a nice job of that. They’re lanky and big on the defensive end. They can cover ground and we tried to attack it at times, but just couldn’t get them to fall.”

“We were just aggressive and we were physical as we were driving to the basket. We made our free throws,” summed up Tietje.

The game turned out to be a tale of two halves. The two teams started the game a little tentative, as if feeling each other out. But six Patrick Henry turnovers gave the Indians a 7-6 lead at the end of the first period, thanks to a putback basket by freshman Lexi Sauber and a long jumper from Marshall.

Wauseon continued the 12-0 run in the second quarter when senior Kallie Strauss rattled in a layup off the drive and Penrod hit back-to-back jumpers for a 14-6 lead.

Patrick Henry’s Wagner answered with a pair of left-handed shots of her own to cut the Wauseon lead to 14-10.

Wauseon then went into a full court press the last 3:30 of the quarter after the Lady Patriots knotted the game at 14.

Marshall hit a long jumper to start an 8-1 run, which was followed by sophomore Rylee Campbell knocking down a triple, giving the Indians a 22-15 lead. PH cut the deficit to five points just before the half.

“We made shots in the first half and we didn’t make them (in the second half). We had quite a few open looks. The style of the game changed a little bit for us, but we’ve got to be able to adjust to that, too,” said Oyer.

Bostelman scored 14 points, while Wagner added 13 to lead Patrick Henry.

Marshall led Wauseon with 12 points, while Penrod contributed 10.

The game was essentially to decide fourth place in the NWOAL, as well as assess where the teams are as sectionals quickly approach. For the Indians, the game served as a frustrating example of a young team with growing pains.

“We have to get our confidence down the stretch yet, and I think until we can get over the hump and get one of those wins in a crunch game situation, I think we get a little tentative,” said Oyer. “Is it young? Yeah, we’ve got some young kids on the floor, but we’ve still got to be able to still work on getting over that hump.”

Both teams play non-league contests early in the week. Patrick Henry will close out the NWOAL season by hosting Delta on Thursday. Wauseon will end league play Thursday, Feb. 11 with a road game at Bryan.

By Kevin Milliken

For the Expositor

Kevin Milliken can be reached at [email protected]

Kevin Milliken can be reached at [email protected]