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Birds Outlast Vikings In District Semifinal




Quinn Nofziger takes an off-balance shot against Leipsic but still keeps his eye on the basket. The PHS senior led all scorers with 22 points in the Blackbirds' 59-46 district semifinal victory.- photo by  Scott Schultz

Quinn Nofziger takes an off-balance shot against Leipsic but still keeps his eye on the basket. The PHS senior led all scorers with 22 points in the Blackbirds’ 59-46 district semifinal victory.- photo by Scott Schultz

Pettisville outscored Leipsic 15-6 in the fourth quarter on its way to a 59-46 Division IV district semifinal victory, Tuesday, March 10.

Pettisville (20-2) opened with a 4-0 run with layups by Michael Deffely and Quinn Nofziger.

Leipsic (10-13) answered with a 16-8 run, and Pettisville was on the wrong side of a 16-12 score after one period.

Nofziger opened the second with a layup. Jordan Klopfenstein added a deuce at the 6:41 mark to tie the score at 16. For the rest of the period the lead went back and forth, with Leipsic ahead 29-28 going into the locker room.

Neither team shot very well in the first half, as the Birds unofficially were 12/26 from the field and 0/3 from beyond the arc. Leipsic was 11/27 from the field and hit three treys, and was winning the rebounding battle 19-11.

The Birds opened the second half with a 6-0 run for a 34-29 lead, prompting the Vikings to call a time-out with 6:43 left in the third.

Leipsic cut the difference to two, 37-35, with 4:41 left in the quarter but that was as close as the Vikings got for the rest of the game.

Leipsic’s Jacob Schroeder hit a three-pointer to close out the third period, and Pettisville took a 44-40 advantage into the final eight minutes.

Baskets by Deffely, Nofziger, and Michael Burkholder upped the difference to 10, 50-40, to start the final period. The closest the Vikings came again was eight, 52-44, but Nofziger came back and hit a basket to give PHS a 10-point lead again.

After Liam Nadler hit one of two foul shots, an intentional flagrant foul was called on the Vikings with 2:20 left, giving PHS two foul shots and possession of the ball. Nofziger hit both free throws, and on the following play Jordan Klopfenstein was fouled and hit one of two shots at the line for a 58-45 lead.

Klopfenstein hit one of two free throws with 51 seconds left for Pettisville’s total of 59 points. Jamey Pingle stepped to the line for Leipsic with nine seconds left and made one of two for its total of 46.

Nofziger led all scorers with 22 points. Deffely was also in double figures, with 17.

Nadler was the only Viking in double figures, with 15.

Pettisville was 23-51 from the field, including two threes, for 45%, and 11/21 from the foul line for 52%. Leipsic was 16-47 from the field, including four treys, for 34%, and 10-19 from the foul line for 53%.

The Birds won the rebounding battle 35-34, and committed three fewer turnovers, eight. compared to Leipsic’s 11.

BOX SCORES

PETTISVILLE (59) – Avina 3, Deffely 17, Burkholder 5, Q. Nofziger 22, Klopfenstein 6, Haase 6. Totals 23- 11-59.

LEIPSIC (46) – D. Schroeder 5, Maag 6, Nadler 15, Gibson 2, Mangas 9, Pingle 1, J. Schroeder 8 . Totals 16-10-46.

PHS 12 16 16 15 – 59
LHS 16 13 11 6 – 46


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