ARCHBOLD – Starting with a run that took the final minute and a half of the first half, Archbold pulled away from visiting Swanton, then really controlled the third quarter as the Lady Streaks posed a 57-39 win over the Bulldogs last Monday in a make-up Northwest Ohio Athletic League contest.
Archbold led the entire second period, but never by more than six points. That changed with 1:23 left to play in the half. It started when Kamryn Hostetler knocked down a pair of free throws, then Swanton committed a turnover.
The Streaks took over again with a minute left in the half, and they ran the clock all the way down to two seconds when Brooke Kohler scored for a 26-19 halftime lead.
Going inside to start the second half, Lily Krieger scored six of Archbold’s first 10 points of the second half as the Streaks pushed the lead to 36-24. Hostetler added a bucket for a 38-24 score and a Swanton timeout.
“I thought we started out slowly in the first half,” admitted Archbold coach Brian Ziegler. “In the end of the second quarter we got on a little run. It gave us some confidence.”
The Bulldogs used the longball to try to stay in the game. Sidney Taylor and Haley Nelson each had a triple in the period, however, Andi Peterson ended the period with baskets to put the Streaks ahead 48-20 heading into the final period.
“I don’t know where we lost a little confidence,” Swanton coach Eric Oakes said of the second half. “They did a little bit of a better job trapping up at half court. We dribbled the ball to no man’s land a couple of times.”
Archbold’s efficient offense made 11 of 14 shots in the period.
“We made some adjustments against what they were trying to do,” added the Archbold coach. “We were able to hit Lily inside for some quick baskets. Hitting some outside shots also brought them out.”
Twice in the final period Swanton put together small runs, but it wasn’t enough. Adriane Wood tallied a pair of hoops, with Grace Oakes adding a free throw for a 57-39 final.
Swanton dominated play early on. Krieger did get the first basket of the game for Archbold, which came after three offensive rebounds. Ally Hendricks sandwiched scores around an easy basket from Nelson for a 6-2 score.
“We can beat people off the dribble and get the ball to the hoop,” stated Oakes. “Sid Taylor did a great job in the first quarter. When we passed the ball to the corner, she did a nice job flashing and girls were hitting her with passes right underneath the bucket.”
The Bulldogs pushed the lead to 12-6 before Archbold battled back. Hostetler knocked down a pair of free throws, then Gabby Nafziger hit the first of two shots from the line. The Streaks came up with the miss, which led to an Emie Peterson triple with 25 seconds left to tie the game.
“We had a height advantage and not very many times we have a height advantage,” Ziegler said of getting to the offensive glass. “With the height advantage there is no reason we shouldn’t rebound and the girls went after the ball tonight.”
Andi Peterson and Krieger opened the second period with scores to start the rally in the second period.
Krieger led all scorers with 16 points for Archbold. Hostetler added 14 points and Andi Peterson pitched in 12. Nelson and Taylor had 12 each for Swanton.
The Streaks finished 24 of 49 from the floor and committed 13 turnovers. Swanton was 17 of 42 shooting the basketball and had 23 turnovers.
The Bulldogs faced then Maumee at home last Tuesday, coming away with a 35-32 win. They also won at Patrick Henry 59-48 Thursday.
After hosting Cardinal Stritch Monday, Swanton travels to Wauseon this Thursday and Otsego on Saturday.
The Bulldogs also learned of their sectional draw when it was announced Sunday. They receive a bye in the first round and will take on the winner of Van Buren and Delta Saturday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. at Springfield for a Division III sectional championship.
Reach Randy Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org