For a while, the Archbold and Evergreen girls basketball game carried a striking resemblance to last season’s pressure-filled contest that the Blue Streaks won 39-35 despite committing just under half of the game’s 59 turnovers.
But trailing 20-19 with 13 miscues in the first 10 minutes, Archbold coach Brian Ziegler made a strategic change and finished the game on a 41-13 run to take a 60-33 victory on the opening night of the NWOAL season Friday.
“We made some adjustments against their press,” explained Ziegler. “I thought we settled down and we quit trying to quickly get it over and found the open man with the diagonal pass and we really got some good fast breaks and got some numbers, 3-on-2, 2-on-1 whatever it was. I thought we did a good job finding Lily Krieger inside and she played strong and scored for us.”
The teams traded buckets early as Mady Peluso’s drive gave visiting Evergreen an 8-7 lead.
Archbold took back the advantage on Brooke Kohler’s jumper out of the key and got a little distance when Kamryn Hostetler drove the baseline for a score.
Evergreen came right back as Abi Borojevich stuck a turnaround jumper and Hannah Herr hit a high arcing triple out of the left corner for a 15-13 lead before Krieger scored just before the buzzer to knot the score at 15 after one.
Krieger’s stick back and Andi Peterson’s jumper off the left wing gave Archbold a 19-15 lead early in the second.
Kelsie Komisarek answered with a triple and Savannah VanOstrand scored off a Blue Streak turnover to give Evergreen a 20-19 lead with 5:50 left in the half but from then on it was all Archbold.
The Blue Streaks finished the half with a 10-0 run that included two hoops from Peterson, another Jumper from the key from Kohler, another drive by Hostetler and a basket from Blair Bucklew to go in at the half up 29-20.
That 10-0 run turned into 22-2, as a 12-2 burst starting the third quarter in essence put the game away.
Peterson’s fast break basket and foul line jumper started the spurt.
Krieger added a three-point play, then another putback and Hostetler nailed a three-ball to make it 41-22 with 5:18 left in the third.
“She rebounds for us, she gives us height defensively with some deflections and blocks and she’s scoring right now,” said Ziegler regarding his 6’ junior.
Peterson led all Blue Streak scorers with 16 points. No one for the Vikings hit double figures.
Archbold is now 6-1 on the season while the Vikings fall to 3-3.
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