Pettisville adds wins over Edgerton, Holgate


By Max Householder - [email protected]



Jaret Beck works the ball inside for Pettisville Saturday against Edgerton. He finished with 16 points in the contest.

Jaret Beck works the ball inside for Pettisville Saturday against Edgerton. He finished with 16 points in the contest.


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Pettisville’s Joey Ripke scores inside in the first half versus Edgerton Saturday night. The Blackbirds, who won 50-33 at Holgate Friday, bested the Bulldogs by a 53-40 final.


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Pettisville had to overcome a difficult zone defense put on by Edgerton, a loosely officiated game in which they let the visiting Bulldogs mug the Blackbirds’ 6’9” Cayden Jacoby a majority of the time, but the Birds checked all the boxes in a 53-40 win Saturday night in non-league boys basketball.

The Bulldogs were very physical the whole night when the ball got dumped into the paint, both with Jacoby and others. However, Pettisville kept attacking and their persistence would pay off.

“I think our kids dealt with the physicality OK,” stated Pettisville coach Brian Leppelmeier. “I mean we knew it coming in. Obviously Cayden knows what’s gonna be done to him in the paint. But I thought he did a better job, tonight, of making those adjustments. And then getting the basketball to his teammates. Getting some hands on some offensive rebounds. Would have been nice to have a few of those putbacks. I think we had a lot of looks there in the second half, things were just rolling off the rim.”

Pettisville, taking some time to get acclimated facing the Edgerton 2-3 zone, trailed 8-2 and called a timeout with 3:01 left in the opening quarter. Edgerton’s Corey Everetts had six of those eight points.

However, the Birds closed the stanza on a 9-0 run, culminating with a Jacoby 3-pointer to go ahead 11-8 after the first. That run would ultimately be a 15-1 spurt as it carried over to the second quarter.

Pettisville’s Joey Ripke hit a pair of shots to begin the second, Cory Herman went 1 of 2 from the foul line, then a Jack Leppelmeier floater extended the margin at 17-9 at the 4:28 mark.

“In terms of attacking the zone, just made sure we got ball reversals. And with the way they were extending it, we just made sure we need to get the basketball down on the baseline, you know attack it from that way. It was just a little bit of a concentrated effort. We anticipated man, (Edgerton) came out zone. Thought our kids made the adjustment; we got some quality shots at the rim,” said coach Leppelmeier on his boys settling in against the Bulldog zone.

The Birds would lead by double digits (24-13) at the half as Jaret Beck scored consecutive hoops in the final 1:38. Beck got loose for layups on several occasions against the Bulldogs, finishing with 16 points for the game.

“Sean (Adkins) and Jaret have been doing that, with the adjustment of how they guard Cayden,” explained the Pettisville coach. “Of (opening) up some driving lanes for those guys and making sure that they’re attacking the rim. I thought they took some quality shots. We didn’t shoot the basketball particularly well from the free throw line, but Jaret hit some big free throws down the stretch.”

Pettisville maintained a 32-19 lead in the third after a Jacoby bucket inside with under four minutes left. The Dogs responded from that point as Herman drilled a pair of free throws and Everetts tacked on a pair of baskets, trimming the margin to 32-25.

Nathan Swank got them a little closer with 1 of 2 free throws. Beck got free backdoor for another hoop, but it was answered at the other end by Scottie Krontz whose jumper put the score at 34-28 entering the fourth.

The difference remained six (41-35) with just 2:12 remaining after a Swank three-point play.

But Pettisville was not to be denied on this night. A basket by Beck, plus four free throws from Ripke — the latter two coming because of a Edgerton technical — gave the Birds a comfortable 12-point lead with less than a half minute remaining.

Jacoby recorded a double-double for the Birds with 19 points and 16 rebounds. Ripke chipped in 13 points.

Everetts paced Edgerton (1-9) with 17.

The night before Pettisville visited Holgate where they came a way with a 50-33 victory in Buckeye Border Conference action. The Birds (8-4, 2-0 BBC) are at North Central this Friday before hosting Evergreen on Saturday.

Jaret Beck works the ball inside for Pettisville Saturday against Edgerton. He finished with 16 points in the contest.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2023/01/web1_Beck-v.-Edgerton.jpgJaret Beck works the ball inside for Pettisville Saturday against Edgerton. He finished with 16 points in the contest. Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest

Pettisville’s Joey Ripke scores inside in the first half versus Edgerton Saturday night. The Blackbirds, who won 50-33 at Holgate Friday, bested the Bulldogs by a 53-40 final.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2023/01/web1_Ripke-bucket-inside.jpgPettisville’s Joey Ripke scores inside in the first half versus Edgerton Saturday night. The Blackbirds, who won 50-33 at Holgate Friday, bested the Bulldogs by a 53-40 final. Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest

By Max Householder

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Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.