The Archbold defense held Swanton without a field goal for 8:51 from the second quarter into the third to take the lead for good, defeating the Bulldogs at their place, 58-48, in NWOAL girls basketball Friday night.
“Last week (against Delta) we did a nice job of not having a big section of a game where we (struggle offensively),” said Swanton coach Eric Oakes on the loss. “We got a little lazy with the ball. We couldn’t put it in the basket. And then we weren’t rebounding defensively in that second quarter and they were getting the second opportunities.”
The Bulldogs took a 21-18 lead at the 6:36 mark of the second quarter after baskets by Sidney Taylor and Cydney Christensen. However, the Blue Streaks, who are ranked third in the state in Division III, then went on a 17-0 run to blow it open.
They took the lead for good on consecutive baskets from Brooke Kohler. Kierstyn Repp then added a triple for the Streaks, Kohler hit a pair from the foul line, and four straight points by Morgan Miller made it 31-21 with 2:08 left in the first half.
“We were really pleased with the second quarter,” said Archbold mentor Brian Ziegler after the game. “And especially, we had a couple girls in foul trouble and I thought our bench played really well in the second quarter. Gave us some big minutes.”
Archbold’s Kamryn Hostetler drew a foul and hit a pair of free throws on their next possession, then Miller scored with her left hand to further increase the Blue Streak lead. Swanton’s Abby Arnold hit a couple freebies with 18 seconds left to make it 35-23 at the break.
Miller scored inside to begin the third quarter, Andi Peterson tacked on two free throws, and Taylor split a pair for Swanton to put the difference at 15 at the 6:14 mark.
The Dogs finally hit a field goal on Taylor’s bucket, and Taylor Dohm’s putback got Swanton within 39-28 at the 5:21 mark.
Both squads then traded baskets before Andi Peterson’s jump shot and two Emie Peterson free throws bumped the advantage back to 15. Miller added a putback bucket, while Haley Nelson of Swanton split a pair of free throws to make it 47-31 after three.
“I thought we guarded their guards really well,” said Ziegler of his team’s defense. “And I thought we rotated and really had some good help side (defense) and got some deflections and steals. I thought we also rebounded pretty well the second and third quarters.”
Despite falling behind 53-33 early in the fourth, Swanton managed to go on a 12-2 run which got them as close as 10 with just under two minutes remaining.
First it was Nelson who went 1 of 2 from the foul line, then Taylor added a basket on a drive to the hoop, Christensen tacked on two more freebies, Taylor’s three-point play and a pair at the line by Hostetler made it 55-41 with 2:53 remaining.
Swanton then got within 10 with 1:57 left after a Christensen putback and two free throws for Nelson. However, the two squads matched points down the stretch to seal the win for the Streaks.
“We came out just a little flat there in the third quarter. But they battled all night,” said Oakes of the Dogs’ effort. “Obviously, Archbold is so well coached. Their girls are very disciplined in what they run. They get after it just like we do.”
Miller had 16 points to lead Archbold, Hostetler added 15 and Repp 11. Taylor finished with 15 and Christensen 12 for Swanton (8-6, 1-1 NWOAL).
The Bulldogs will next host Pettisville Tuesday.
Archbold moved to 13-0 overall and 2-0 in the league with the win. They are at Stryker on Tuesday.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010