The Pettisville defense limited Montpelier to 26 percent (8 of 31) shooting from the field and just 14 points after the first quarter for a 36-22 win at home in BBC girls basketball action Friday.
“We’ll definitely take it,” said Blackbird mentor Jason Waldvogel. “We are fairly inexperienced and we are working our way through things, but the girls battled and we made some good stops on defense which led to some offense. It is a nice win for us, especially early in the year.”
The Locomotives did take a 5-4 lead in the opening quarter on Landri McKelvey’s three at the 5:02 mark. However, that would be their last lead of the game.
Pettisville’s Morgan Leppelmeier reclaimed it on a pair of baskets, then Nichole Foor’s two-point field goal gave them a five point edge. Montpelier got within two on 1 of 2 free throws for Jaelyn Lyons and a layup from Marley Eich, but 1 of 2 from the free throw line for Pettisville’s Alexa Leppelmeier made it 11-8 after one.
Although he is pleased with getting the win, Waldvogel knows that this is a game that can be a learning experience for games in the future.
“That is probably one of the bigger teams that we’ve matched,” he said of Montpelier. “I think sometimes we try to force the issue when we want to get out and get going to quick. We’ve just got to take it possession by possession sometimes. It is a learning experience for us.”
The Blackbirds got seven points from Morgan Leppelmeier in the second quarter, plus four from Foor to counter six Locomotive points to make it 22-14 at the half.
Their defense only allowed a free throw for Montpelier’s Lauren Cooley and a basket by Eich in the third quarter.
Foor split a pair from the line for the Birds, Morgan Leppelmeier tacked on a triple, Brandi Schnitkey hit a pair of free throws and also added a jumper which pushed their lead to 30-17 heading into the fourth.
“I thought we rebounded the ball a little bit better,” said Waldvogel, referring to his team’s second half effort. “We were getting through screens (better). I think early we weren’t trying to get through screens. I think we just worked a little bit harder on the close outs and (our) ball pressure was a little bit better too.”
A three by McKelvey got the Locomotives within 12 in the fourth quarter but that was as close as they would get.
Morgan Leppelmeier finished with 14 points to lead all scorers. Foor added six for the Birds.
Pettisville (5-0 overall, 4-0 BBC) is at Stryker Tuesday for a pivotal league match-up.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010