SYLVANIA — Back in the early ‘90’s, Nolan Richardson and his Arkansas Razorbacks called the pressure and pace of their games “40 Minutes of Hell”.
Northern Buckeye Conference champ Lake plays at the pace as well for 32 minutes.
Archbold survived the heat, along with 21 first half turnovers, by shooting 68 percent, then blew the game open in the fourth quarter as the sixth-seeded Streaks eliminated the third-seeded Flyers 80-63 in a Division III sectional final at Sylvania Southview Saturday.
“We knew that we were going to turn it over,” said Archbold veteran coach Brian Ziegler. “We just couldn’t have those bad turnovers that led immediately to scores. We didn’t have too many of those. Turnovers are really bad when they turn into points and we limited that.
“It starts with our seniors and they were the leaders out there today and fed off each other. I can’t say enough about them right now.”
Despite 10 first quarter miscues, the Streaks converted 6-8 field goal attempts that included six points from Addi Ziegler to stay close at 17-15.
Delani Robinson had a pair of steal-and-scores for Lake, then Vayda Delventhal and Elise Staczek both tripled early in the second to give Lake their biggest lead at 28-21.
Harley Phillips’ 3-pointer cut into the Flyer margin, then Addison Moyer and Ziegler each had a score off Lake turnovers to bring Archbold back to 30-29 with 4:10 left in the half.
Karsyn Hostetler’s long-range bomb gave Archbold a short-lived 35-34 lead, but Brigid Enright’s putback forged a 36-36 tie.
Ziegler’s split at the line put the Streaks up a point at the break, 37-36.
Ziegler scored the first eight of the third for Archbold but Robinson, Enright, Kelsie Gladieux and two Ava Ayers free throws countered Ziegler’s spurt and Lake led 48-47 with 2:29 to go.
That’s when the Flyers became unglued.
In the span of 55 seconds, Archbold went 7-10 from the foul line, six of those chances came from Lake turnovers along with a technical on Enright.
All that brought the Streaks from one down to six up and Leah McQuade’s score off the offensive glass kept the Streak ahead 56-51 heading into the fourth.
Sophie Rupp’s three-point play and two more Ziegler field goals stretched the spread to 68-60 with 3:57 left and with Archbold in the lead, the Streaks blew the game open scoring the next 12.
“(Lake) isn’t used to that kind of a game and we were able to spread them out and they started to panic a little,” Coach Ziegler said of his team’s late run. “I thought we took advantage of that and kept the ball moving. We didn’t make the quick pass and let things just happen and got some easy baskets off layups. We just saw the floor well and just played hard all game long.”
Ziegler had six more of those to cap her 35-point night.
Rupp’s layup off a turnover finished her game at 16 points.
Robinson led lake with 18 but the Flyers shot just 6-26 from the floor in the second half, many of those rushed as Archbold ran at shooters all night long.
Turnovers were in abundance for both teams as each nearly had one a minute in the “32 Minutes of Hell” contest.
Archbold had a whopping 32 and Lake had 29 but Archbold’s 24-42 from the floor and 41 free throw attempts helped cover up the mistakes.
The Streaks play in the Division III district against an opponent to be named Thursday at Anthony Wayne.
Lake got to the final with a 64-23 romp over Swanton.