In a game of momentum swings where the difference was one point at halftime, two after three quarters, and all square at the end of regulation, Swanton outscored Pettisville 12-2 in overtime for a 52-42 home victory in girls basketball last Tuesday.
“I didn’t know how it was gonna go tonight because we had a weird week where the girls were off school Friday (and) Monday obviously for the holiday. You never know what those situations do to you,” said Swanton coach Eric Oakes after the game. “We looked a little off in the beginning, but the spark came in the end there and we were able to pull out that win.”
Swanton held the 20-19 advantage at the half, but Pettisville scored on Morgan Leppelmeier’s jump shot 34 seconds into third to put them on top. However, the Bulldogs responded with Haley Nelson’s bucket off a steal, Taylor Dohm’s deuce with the help of Nelson’s assist, and two Nelson free throws which put them up by five at the 4:39 mark.
Elizabeth Beck then drilled a three for Pettisville, Dohm split a pair from the foul line for the Bulldogs, and Pettisville’s Sami Tilley scored off the glass before another Beck triple gave the Blackbirds a 29-27 lead after three.
“I told her in the second half she’s gonna step up for us. She did that,” said Pettisville coach Jason Waldvogel of Beck who finished with nine points, all from beyond the arc. “And, it’s gonna have to happen. We are gonna have to hit some of those outside shots.”
The lead continued to change in the fourth quarter untill the Birds got back-to-back buckets from Alexa Leppelmeier to put them ahead 38-35 with 4:09 left. But, Sidney Taylor tied it for the Dogs with a three-point play, and Nelson scored on a dribble penetration to give them the lead, 40-38, at the 1:02 mark.
“She’s stepped it up in the last I don’t know how many games,” said Oakes of Taylor who finished with a game high 19 points. “We are really making sure she stays aggressive and gets the ball to the hoop. And then she’s hitting some outside shots which she is capable of doing.”
Pettisville would knot the score on Morgan Leppelmeier’s foul line jumper with 44 seconds left, a bucket that sent the contest to overtime.
No one scored until 1:49 to go in overtime, as Swanton’s Cydney Christensen got a bucket down low but missed the tack on free throw to make it 42-40. They then got a bucket by Taylor after Swanton grabbed the rebound on the missed free throw, and Nelson hit four straight from the line to put them up eight with 48 seconds remaining.
Pettisville’s only points of the overtime came on Nichole Foor’s putback, but a bucket from Nelson and two free throws for Taylor put the finishing touches on the Swanton win.
“Defensively we played pretty well – we did some good things. We had a few breakdowns that gave them a couple easy buckets and it kind of turned the game,” said Waldvogel. “I think in the overtime they probably picked it up a little bit more defensively, and, we were just tentative with the basketball offensively.”
The two teams played even in the first quarter as they were tied 9-9 heading into the second.
Taylor hit 1 of 2 free throws and Bridget Harlett scored on a drive to the hoop to put Swanton up 15-11 with 3:29 left in the half. However, Alexa Leppelmeier responded with a triple and Morgan Leppelmeier tacked on a bucket which gave Pettisville a 16-15 lead just under a minute later.
“They hit the three,” said Oakes of the Pettisville offense. “We knew both Leppelmeiers are great players. And they still got their points. We did a nice job on everybody else, and it was just enough there to get them there in the overtime.”
Swanton took the lead back on Harlett’s hoop and a three for Ally Hendricks, but Morgan Leppelmeier’s triple got the Birds within one at the break.
Outside of Taylor, Nelson finished with 15 points for the Bulldog offense. Morgan Leppelmeier had 17 and Alexa Leppelmeier 12 for Pettisville.
Swanton returned home Thursday where they defeated Bryan 36-29 in NWOAL action. The win moved them to 2-1 in the league, giving them more league wins this season than they had for all of the 2015-16 campaign.
Nelson had 14 points and Taylor added 11. Allye Minor scored 10 to lead the Golden Bears, who dropped to 2-1 in the league.
The Bulldogs travel to Evergreen for a league match-up this Thursday.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010