Strong defense by Archbold and cold shooting by Coldwater resulted in a 13-2 first-quarter lead and 48-25 rout of the Cavaliers, Saturday, March 3, at Kalida, giving the Streaks the Division III district championship.
It is Archbold’s 10th district title in school history.
“I’m proud of our girls,” said Brian Ziegler, AHS head coach. “I couldn’t ask for any better of a start to a game, let alone a district final game.
“We came out ready and executed very well tonight. Our defensive effort was phenomenal tonight. Our defensive effort got our offense started, and we never looked back.”
Streaks Lead 13-2
Coldwater’s Courtney Wellman scored the game’s first two points, going one-for-two on each of two straight trips to the foul line.
The Cavaliers didn’t score again until 6:04 remained in the second period, when Meg Muhlenkamp scored their first field goal with a putback.
By that time Archbold led 18-4.
Coldwater was never able to get into an offensive flow, scoring in single digits in every quarter.
The Streaks built the lead to 29-9 at the half and 46-16 after three quarters as the offense hit on all cylinders.
The Cavaliers did outscore AHS 9-2 in the fourth, but the Streaks brought home the championship trophy and the 48-25 win.
“We showed a lot of determination tonight,” said Ziegler.
“Once again our bench was huge tonight when Abby Short and Chelsea Goebel had to sit with fouls.
“Darian Oberlin, Jesse Fidler, Cassidy Williams, and Morgan Cody all had big contributions.
“I liked what we did offensively. We took what they gave us and didn’t force it. We did a nice job getting Cassidy Wyse the ball and had nice balanced scoring.”
Archbold’s defensive pressure “not only took us out of our game, but took us out of our confidence level,” said Nick Fisher, Coldwater head coach, who ended the season with a 15-9 record.
“We didn’t hit any shots early and couldn’t get into our press and do some of the things that we like to do.
“(Archbold’s) defense not only disrupted our offense and took our confidence away, but it also created their offense.
“Their defense creates a lot of transition points.”
Wyse led Archbold with 14 points. Kiya Dues led Coldwater with five.
Sarah Kanney, who led the Cavaliers with 25 points, including five three-pointers, in Coldwater’s 62-48 sectional championship victory over Allen East, was limited to two points by the Streaks.
Both teams committed 22 turnovers, while Archbold won the rebounding battle 17-16. Taylor Coressel led the Streaks with five rebounds.
Archbold (24-0), ranked second in D-III in the final Associated Press poll, was to play Liberty-Benton (21-2, ranked seventh), last night, Tuesday, in a regional semifi nal at Ohio Northern University.
Collins Western Reserve (21-3) plays Centerburg (20- 4), tonight, Wednesday, at Lexington High School in a regional semifinal.
Winners play for the regional championship, Saturday, March 10, 1:30 p.m., at Lexington.
Eight teams who finished in the final Top 10 AP poll of the season have advanced to the Sweet 16: Anna (1), Archbold (2), Smithville (3), Middletown Madison (4), Beverly Fort Frye (6), Liberty Benton (7), Oak Hill (8), and Columbus Africentric Early College (10).
ARCHBOLD (48) – Goebel 6, Coressel 7, Wyse 14, Oberlin 7, Fidler 4, Rupp 2, Williams 5, Short 3. Totals 19-4-48.
COLDWATER (25) – Muhlenkamp 2, Kahle 2, Goubeaux 3, Dues 5, Hemmelgarn 2, Wellman 3, Schlater 4, Kanney 2, Leugers 2. Totals 9-7-25.