A basket by Hailey Galvan with 19 seconds left lifted Archbold to a 56-55 victory over Fort Recovery in a Division III district semifinal at Napoleon, Thursday, March 4.
A quick start by both teams resulted in a 21-17 Indians lead after one period. Two foul shots by Nicole Hurst with 57.4 seconds left brought Archbold within one, 32-31, at the half.
The Streaks grabbed their first lead of the game, 37- 36, on a Galvan turnaround jumper with 4:07 left in the third. Another Galvan basket widened the difference to 39-36, but a three-pointer by Holly Brunswick tied the score at 39 with 3:30 left in the period.
Abbey Graber sank two free throws and Sarah Wyse hit a bucket for a 43-39 lead after three.
Fort Recovery went on a 7-0 run and took a 46-43 lead with 6:15 left. A Graber bucket brought AHS to within one, 46-45, and Alyssa Schaub hit a conventional three-pointer to give the Streaks a 48-46 lead.
Kendra Brunswick came right back down and sank another three, putting the Indians back in the lead, 49-48. The two squads exchanged buckets several times over the next three minutes, until Chelsey Leuthold put the Indians ahead 55-54 with 1:05 remaining, setting up Galvan’s dramatic shot to finish the game.
“We had some girls step up and make plays when we needed to tonight,” said Brian Ziegler, AHS head coach. “We had to dig deep and make one last stop at the end of the game, and the girls got it done.
“Abbey (Graber) played a good all-around game. Hailey (Galvan) did a nice job inside for us and Schauby (Schaub) came in off the bench again and played well.
“Alicia Drewes, Jessica Ramirez, Nicole Hurst, and Sarah Wyse all played big minutes.
“We did a nice job at the free-throw line tonight, hitting 10 of 14 and five of five in the second half.
“At this time of the year you need to make plays. Devin Newman had a huge basket when we needed one. Andrea Allan scored early when we struggled a little. Stacy had a tough night with fouls, but added some nice defense at the end.”
Schaub led Archbold with 15 points. Graber and Galvan each scored 12.
Leuthold led all scorers with 16. Also in double figures for Fort Recovery (15- 6) were Kendra Brunswick with 15 and Holly Brunswick with 14.
– Drewes 2, Newman 2, Allan 5, Graber 12, Galvan 12, Hurst 2, Schaub 15, Stacy Wyse 2, Sarah Wyse 4. Totals 22-10-56.
FORT RECOVERY (55)
|2, H. Brunswick||14,||Leuthold||16,|
|Dilworth 3, Nietfeld 5, K. Brunswick|
|15. Totals 17-16-55.|