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Birds Go 10-0 In BBC, Up Win Streak To 11

Kaitlyn Nofziger (22) breaks free from Fayette's defensive pressure and Erica King, front, waits for a hole to open under the basket.– photo by Mary Huber

Kaitlyn Nofziger (22) breaks free from Fayette’s defensive pressure and Erica King, front, waits for a hole to open under the basket.– photo by Mary Huber

The Pettisville girls basketball team finished its regular season with an 11- game win streak, defeating Liberty Center and Fayette to finish 16-4.

The Birds also won the Buckeye Border Conference with a perfect 10-0 record.

Pettisville traveled to Liberty Center, Tuesday, Feb. 16, and came home with a 43-34 non-league victory.

The Birds were back on the road, Thursday, Feb. 18, to Fayette. PHS finished the regular season on a good note with a 51-30 BBC victory.

PHS 43, LC 34

The Birds led 12-7 after one and 19-17 at the half. The gap was broadened to 32-25 after three, and an 11-9 fourth quarter gave the Birds the 43-34 victory.

“We didn’t shoot very well in the first half and didn’t control the boards, either,” said Jason Waldvogel, PHS head coach. “The second half, we rebounded better and had some shots fall.”

The Tigers won the rebounding battle 26-22, but committed 21 turnovers to Pettisville’s nine.

Erica King led all scorers with 25 points, including five of the team’s six threepointers. Kaitlann Hogrefe led LC (5-15) with 13.

The Birds were 15-40 from the field for 31% and 7-10 from the foul line for 70%. The Tigers were 14-29 from the field for 48% and 6-11 from the foul line for 54%.

PHS 51, Fayette 30

The Birds led 13-6 after one period, but Fayette (5- 15, 3-7 BBC) won the second period 7-5 to go into the locker room facing an 18-13 deficit.

Pettisville took charge in the third period 16-6, and a 17-11 fourth period gave the Birds the 21-point margin of victory.

“We were slow to start the game,” said Waldvogel. “Give Fayette credit for their hustle. We played a lot harder in the second half.”

King again led all scorers, with 16 points. Starting tournament play she has 1,132 points, and is 16 points away from tying Jennifer Rupp, Pettisville’s second highest career scorer, who had 1,148.

Lynelle Richer is the Birds’ all-time female leading scorer, with 1,628.


Pettisville, top-seeded in the Division IV sectional at Wauseon, plays last night’s North Central-Maumee Valley Country Day winner in a sectional final, Saturday, Feb. 27, 6:15 p.m.

– Hostetler
9, Bontrager 3, K. King 2, Beck 2,
Garcia 2, E. King 25. Totals 15-7-
McClain 4, Hefflinger 6, Spillers 1,
Maneval 2, Spieth 8, Hogrefe 13.
Totals 14-6-34.
12 7 13 11 – 43
7 10 8 9 – 34
Reserve score:
Pettisville won
35-25. Pettisville leading scorer:
Lauren Frey 17.
– Hostetler
2, Bontrager 8, Avina 4, K. King 2,
Beck 1, Nofziger 8, Garcia 5, E. King
16, Frey 3, Yoder 2. Totals 18-13-51.
– Seiler 11,
Downing 6, Hartman 4, Lewellen 5,
Baker 4. Totals 11-7-30.
13 5 16 17 – 51
6 7 6 11 – 30
Reserve score:
Pettisville won
30-17. Pettisville leading scorer:
Katie Yoder 11. Fayette leading
scorers: Melani Seiler and Ashytn
Baker, 5 each.

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