The Pettisville girls basketball team ran into a wall when the Birds hosted Archbold, Monday, Dec. 28.
Trying to penetrate inside, the Blackbirds, whose tallest player is 5-foot-9, kept running into 6-1 Hailey Galvan.
All the Blue Streak senior had to do was stand with her hands held high. She blocked a number of shots of the much-shorter PHS team, and led the Streaks in the scoring column with 20 points, allowing Archbold to come home with a 62-49 nonleague victory.
“This was a nice road win against a good team,” said Brian Ziegler, AHS head coach. “Pettisville is very quick and scrappy.
“We did a nice job getting the ball into Hailey, and when she got the ball she used her height advantage and was able to score.
“Another huge key was going nine for 10 at the foul line in the fourth quarter, and 14-17 for the game. Shooting free throws at that percentage can win a lot of games.”
“I thought both teams played pretty well,” said Jason Waldvogel, PHS head coach.
“We didn’t finish shots and convert free throws, but I’m proud of how hard we played.”
The Streaks jumped out to a 17-11 first-quarter lead, but PHS came back to within two, 22-20, with 3:40 left in the second.
Archbold finished the period with a 4-1 run, giving it a 28-21 halftime advantage.
Pettisville got within one, 32-31, on an Ashlyn Bontrager basket midway through the third period, but that was the closest the Birds got.
AHS led 42-37 after three periods and outscored PHS 20-12 in the fourth, including nine of 10 free throws in the final 2:50 after the Birds were forced to foul.
Archbold (8-1) won the rebounding battle 38-33. Bontrager had eight for PHS, which dropped to 4-3.
Archbold was 23-57 from the field for 40%. Pettisville was 19-56 for 34% and 10-18 from the foul line for 56%.
Andrea Allan scored 16 points and Alyssa Schaub, 10, for AHS.
Erica King led PHS with 17 points. Kaitlyn Nofziger scored 12.
– B. Wyse 4, Newman 4, Allan 16, Graber 5, Galvan 20, Hurst 1, Schaub 10, Stacy Wyse 2. Totals 23-2-62.
– Bontrager 8, Avina 6, K. King 1, Beck 2, Nofziger 12, Garcia 3, E. King 17. Totals 19-10-49.
17 11 14 20 – 62
11 10 16 12 – 49
Pettisville won, 45-35. Leading scorers: PHS-Lauren Frey, 21; AHS-Chelsea Goebel, 15.