Momentum swings were a common theme of Tuesday night’s rivalry matchup between Archbold and Pettisville in girls basketball.
The Blue Streaks looked to run away with it after a first quarter which saw them go up 15-3, the Blackbirds responded with a stellar second quarter, but the third tilted the pendulum back in Archbold’s favor as they held on for a 38-30 win.
“It’s a rivalry so it doesn’t matter how far you get ahead, each team’s gonna fight back,” said Blue Streak mentor Brian Ziegler. “They (Pettisville) did a nice job; they played aggressive. They got a lot of rebounds on us and got some momentum. I thought we did a nice job taking care of the basketball in the fourth quarter. Just had good ball movement.”
Pettisville Coach Jason Waldvogel expressed optimism that sooner or later his girls will be on the right side of some of these close games.
“I think we definitely came to play…and played hard,” he said. “We’re still looking, how do we put it over the top? We start getting a few more shots to fall and these games will turn out differently for us.”
Archbold’s Leah McQuade scored 6 of her game-high 13 points in the opening quarter as the Streaks built their double-digit lead.
However the Birds, with an effective zone defense, steadily chipped away at the deficit until they were within two, 17-15, at the halftime break.
“We probably rebounded decently out of it. We were just working hard to give them just a little bit different look, and they were struggling to knock down shots too,” said Waldvogel as to what made their zone work so well.
Archbold outscored Pettisville 9-3 in the third.
Addi Ziegler’s basket with 13 seconds left in the frame put them up 26-18 heading into the fourth. She also scored 24 seconds into the fourth, bumping the margin to 10.
However, the Birds refused to give in and with 4:15 remaining, Hollyn Klopfenstein’s bucket in transition pulled them back within three (29-26).
Archbold took the momentum back on its next possession when Addi Ziegler found Carly Grime for a hoop. Then, with 3:13 left, McQuade hit a pair of free throws for a 33-26 lead.
“I think a big play was when we found Addi inside and she went up for a shot and found Carly on the back side of the rim and got a layup,” said the Blue Streak coach on what he considered a key play down the stretch.
Karsyn Hostetler helped seal the win with 5 of 6 at the line in the game’s final minute. Though shorthanded, the Streaks got some key contributions off the bench which aided them in the win.
“I thought our zone there at the end kind of slowed them down a little bit. Obviously, we were down a couple players there with Sophie (Rupp) and Addison (Moyer) going out. So I thought the bench played well and gave us some big minutes. I thought Karsyn hit some big free throws in the fourth quarter there,” concluded Ziegler.
Ziegler added eight points for Archbold (4-4), while Meleah Plank paced Pettisville (1-7) with eight as well.
“I think Archbold, credit to them, they were patient with the basketball. Then, when they did miss shots they were hustling after it. They probably got a few more 50-50 balls than what we did,” Waldvogel said on how the Streaks were able to close it out.
Archbold is at Wauseon this Friday for the Northwest Ohio Athletic League opener. Pettisville welcomes Hilltop in Buckeye Border Conference action.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.