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Blackbird Girls Stay In BBC Title Hunt




Lauren Frey (32) drives around an Edon Blue Bomber, Thursday, Feb. 3. The Birds control their own destiny in the BBC. If Pettisville wins at Stryker on Thursday, the Birds and Panthers would tie for the league title with 8-2 records.– photo by Mary Huber

Lauren Frey (32) drives around an Edon Blue Bomber, Thursday, Feb. 3. The Birds control their own destiny in the BBC. If Pettisville wins at Stryker on Thursday, the Birds and Panthers would tie for the league title with 8-2 records.– photo by Mary Huber

Using a 23-5 third quarter advantage, the Pettisville girls basketball team raised its record to 7-2 in the Buckeye Border Conference with a 63-34 victory at Hilltop, Thursday, Feb. 10.

To win a share of the league title, the Birds must defeat Stryker, tomorrow, Thursday, at Stryker. PHS won their first meeting 53- 41 in overtime, Friday, Jan. 14.

The Panthers (13-5, 8-1 BBC) assured themselves at least a share of the league title with a 36-21 victory over Edon, Thursday, Feb. 10.

The loss dropped the Bombers to 6-3 in the BBC.

In the matchup with Hilltop, Pettisville led 12-9 after one period and 18-16 at halftime. The 23-point explosion in the third period was followed with a 22-point fourth.

“We did not rebound or finish shots in the first half,” said Jason Waldvogel, PHS head coach.

“We started controlling the boards shortly into the second half and changed the momentum of the game.”

Ten Blackbirds scored, led by Katie Yoder with 13 points, including two threepointers.

Also in double figures was Tanner Hostetler, with 11.

Sam Lilemon was Hilltop’s only player in double figures, with 10.

The Birds were 18-22 from the foul line for 82%. Hilltop was 6-14 for 43%.

The Cadets committed 32 turnovers, while Pettisville had only 12.

BOX SCORE
PETTISVILLE (63) Yoder 13,
Hostetler 11, Bontrager 8, Avina
6, L. King 2, K. King 6, Nofziger 4,
Garcia 8, Frey 3, Klopfenstein 2.
Totals 22- 18-63.
HILLTOP (34) Purk 3, Smith
3, Carpentar 2, Mocherman 2, Robbarge
3, Lilemon 10, Bleikamp 3,
Hodson 6, Mocherman 2. Totals 12-
6- 34.
PHS 12 6 23 22 63
HHS 9 75 13 34
Reserve score: Hilltop won 44-
43 OT. Leading scorer: Lauren
Hostetler, 18 points.


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