Archbold, OH

AHS Girls’ Win Over Tigers Sets Up NWOAL Showdown With Delta

Emie Peterson, shown against Bryan, led the Streaks with 15 points in their win over Defiance and scored 13 in the NWOAL victory over Liberty Center.– photo by Mary Huber

Emie Peterson, shown against Bryan, led the Streaks with 15 points in their win over Defiance and scored 13 in the NWOAL victory over Liberty Center.– photo by Mary Huber

And then there were two.

The Archbold and Delta girls basketball teams head into the final week of the regular season with identical 19- 1 records, 6-0 in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League.

The showdown between the two is tomorrow, Thursday, at Delta, with the junior varsity game set to tip off at 6 pm.

Only one can win the 2017- 18 NWOAL championship.

The Panthers have won two solo or shared league titles, with the last coming in 2015.

The Blue Streaks have won 14 solo or shared league titles, including last year.

To get to the title game undefeated in the league, Archbold defeated Liberty Center 44-35 and the Panthers beat Bryan 54-40, Thursday, Feb. 8.

But before the battle with Delta, Archbold, ranked sixth in Division III in last week’s Associated Press poll, was scheduled to take on 10thranked Ottawa-Glandorf last night, Tuesday, in the Thunderdome. The Titans are 18-2.

AHS 44, Defiance 36

In non-league action, AHS avenged an early season loss by beating Defiance 44- 36, Tuesday, Feb. 6, in the Thunderdome.

The Bulldogs were the victors on Tuesday, Dec. 12, when they won the DPT Classic 58-48.

Archbold turned the tables in the Thunderdome, though, dropping Defiance to 15-3 on the season.

“I thought our girls executed the defensive game plan extremely well,” said Brian Ziegler, AHS head coach.

“We weren’t at full strength tonight, and I thought each player stepped up.

“Emie Peterson and Lily Krieger did a good job leading us in scoring, and Blair Bucklew hit some big threes for us.

“This is a nice win against a very good Defiance team.”

Archbold led 7-4 after one, 19-15 at the half, and 30- 22 after three. Both teams scored 14 points in the final period.

Peterson led all scorers, with 15 points. Krieger added 10 points and grabbed seven of Archbold’s 18 rebounds.

Kennedy Replogle led the Bulldogs, with 10 points and six of their 17 rebounds.

AHS 44, LC 35

“This was a nice win playing short-handed again,” said Ziegler. “I thought we did a nice job in the second quarter putting a good run together. Liberty Center played hard.

“I thought Lily Krieger had a strong game both offensively and defensively with nine rebounds and several blocks.”

The Streaks were on top 12-8 after one, 28-16 at the half, and 32-26 after three.

Krieger led AHS with 15 points. Peterson added 13.

Peyton Spieth was the only Tiger in double figures, with 10 points.

LC (12-8, 3-3 NWOAL) out-rebounded AHS 23-17, but committed 17 turnovers to eight for the Streaks.

ARCHBOLD (44) – Bucklew 9,
Kohler 4, E. Peterson 15, Hostetler
6, Krieger 10. Totals 16-8-44.
DEFIANCE (36) – Wityk 9,
Schlatter 2, Turner 4, Poling 7, Smiddy
4, Replogle 10. Totals 16-2-36.
AHS 7 12 11 14 – 44
DHS 4 11 7 14 – 36
JV: Archbold won 44-36.

ARCHBOLD (44) – E. Peterson
13, Kohler 3, Bucklew 2, Nafziger 2,
Hostetler 9, Krieger 15. Totals 18-7-
LIBERTY CENTER (35) – Skeens
6, Weaver 3, Spieth 10, Altman 4,
Detmer 4, Hollenbaugh 8. Totals 13-
AHS 12 16 4 12 – 44
LCHS 88109-35
JV: Liberty Center won 32-31.

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