Wauseon at one point went on a 23-5 spurt that began in the second quarter and extended into the third, allowing the Indians to blow open a once tight game and come away with a 54-25 victory over Archbold in non-league girls basketball Friday night at Archbold.
“We finally hit some shots there in that second half that we know we can make, we just couldn’t get them to fall in that first half. And unfortunately, that’s the way basketball is sometimes. But the girls really worked hard offensively (and) defensively. We did a lot of good things, but you know we got a lot of stuff to work on too,” said Wauseon Coach Dan Seiler on his girls pulling away down the stretch.
Archbold’s Alayna Perez hit a jump shot 28 seconds into the second quarter to pull them within 11-7, but then Marisa Seiler made her presence known for Wauseon. She scored 13 of her game-high 23 points in the second stanza.
Seiler’s consecutive baskets in the paint and 1 of 2 at the line from Archbold’s Harley Phillips put the margin at 15-8 with 4:08 left in the half.
Hayley Meyer converted inside for the Indians nine seconds later, but a pair of Addison Moyer hoops for the Blue Streaks with a Seiler hoop in between made it 19-12. Seiler hit a 3-pointer that put Wauseon up 10, then she added a drive and score and a basket off a steal.
“Everybody looks at her offense but defensively, her long arms just cause so much havoc all over the court,” said the Wauseon coach of his daughter. “When she attacks that backside, it’s awful tough for an offensive player to get away from that. I thought she had a few late reads but for the most part, her reads were really good tonight.”
A Karsyn Hostetler drive and bucket made the difference 26-14 at the half.
Wauseon would catch fire from beyond the arc in the second half. They made six 3s compared to just two in the first half.
Kadence Carroll knocked down a triple 34 seconds into the third, a reverse layup by Seiler, then a three each by Autumn Pelok and Carroll extended their lead to 37-14 at the 5:20 mark.
Hostetler nailed a triple herself to pull the Streaks back within 20, however, Seiler buried one from deep in response for Wauseon. Meyer added to the lead with a drive and score along the baseline, then Moyer’s putback and Meg Mello’s made jumper trimmed the Indian lead to 21 (42-21) by the end of the third.
The Indians would outscore the Streaks 12-4 in the fourth — including 3-pointers made by Carroll and Ellie Rodriguez.
“I honestly gotta tell ya, I was surprised he (Archbold Coach Brian Ziegler) left us that open,” explained Coach Seiler. “I don’t know if they just lost assignments or we were just doing a good job of rotating down through and then popping back out. I got to watch film on that because I’m kind of baffled myself. Kadence Carroll knocks down three (3-pointers) and she had nobody in the same zip code.
“The kid can shoot. She’s playing with a lot of confidence and she’s gonna be a force to be reckoned with I think before the end of the year. So hopefully she keeps shooting and only gets better.”
After Seiler, Meyer chipped in with 12 points and Carroll nine for the Indians. Moyer paced Archbold with 12 points.
Archbold (2-1) has a pair of road games this week at Fairview Tuesday and Edgerton on Friday. Wauseon (1-0) welcomes Edgerton on Tuesday.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.