The Pettisville girls basketball team swept a pair of games in the Bird Cage last week to improve to 8-4, 4-1 in the Buckeye Border Conference.
The Birds opened the week with a 68-26 non-league win over Hicksville, Tuesday, Jan. 8.
PHS withstood a challenge from the Stryker Panthers to win a close 46-39 BBC contest, Friday, Jan. 11.
PHS 68, Hicksville 26
The Birds led 21-6 after one, 42-10 at the half, and 58-13 after three.
“It was a solid game for us all around, from starters to the bench,” said Jason Waldvogel, PHS head coach.
Dana Fricke led all scorers with 23 points. Mikala Avina scored 14 and Audra Klopfenstein finished with 13.
No Hicksville player scored in double figures.
Pettisville was 32-51 from the field for 63% but only 3- 13 at the foul line for 23%. Hicksville (0-12) was 11-35 from the field for 31% and 2- 4 at the foul line for 50%.
The Birds out-rebounded the Aces 31-18 and had only nine turnovers compared to Hicksville’s 23.
PHS 46, Stryker 39
Stryker’s Christie Huston scored the game’s first points on a put-back with 6:20 left.
Pettisville followed with a 7-0 run on a three-pointer by Lauren Hostetler, a free throw by Fricke, and a deuce by Hostetler.
Connor Sullivan stopped Pettisville’s run with a pair of free throws.
Pettisville led 13-9 at the end of the first quarter.
The Birds were up by as many as seven points, 20-13, midway through the second when Stryker scored eight straight points to take a 21- 20 advantage into the locker room.
The run started with a bucket by Maddie Uribes, followed by baskets by Jordan Waidelich and Hannah Doehrmann. Doehrmann finished the scoring on a bucket with 49 seconds left in the half.
Jordan Pursel tied the score on one of two free throws to open the second half. Avina followed with a pair of foul shots to give PHS a 23-21 lead with 6:22 left in the third.
Sullivan hit a three to give Stryker its final lead of the evening, 24-23, with 5:56 left in the period. The Panthers went scoreless the rest of the quarter as the Birds built a seven-point lead behind a trey by Hostetler, a bucket by Fricke, a free throw by Pursel, and two free throws by Fricke.
Fricke opened the fourth with two foul shots for a 33- 24 Pettisville advantage.
Doehrmann finally broke Pettisville’s run with a bucket at the 6:37 mark of the fourth, but going 7 1/2 minutes without scoring doomed the Panthers.
Stryker came within four, 33-29, on a trey by Sullivan, but that was as close as they could get as the Birds went on to win 46-39.
“Our girls stepped up to our challenge at halftime to raise their intensity, and they responded by holding Stryker to just three points in the third quarter,” said Waldvogel.
“Lauren Hostetler played a solid game for us on both ends of the floor. Audra Klopfenstein did a tremendous job of defending Conner Varner.”
Hostetler led the Birds with 14 points. Fricke had 13.
Sullivan led all scorers with 15.
Pettisville was 13-28 from the field for 46% and 17-25 at the foul line for 68%. Stryker was 14-40 from the field and 7-10 at the foul line. The Panthers won the rebounding battle 21-19.
Turnovers were fairly even, as Stryker (5-8, 2-3 BBC) committed 14 and Pettisville had 13.
PETTISVILLE (68) – Klopfenstein 13, Hostetler 8, Avina 14, Fricke
23, Loar 2, Kauffman 8. Totals 32-3-
HICKSVILLE (26) – Hablawetz
8, Sell 2, Gonwick 5, Schroeder 9,
Burris 2. Totals 11-2-26.
PHS 21 21 16 10 – 68
Reserve score: Pettisville def.
Fairview 29-21. Leading scorer:
PHS-Amber Klopfenstein 13.
PETTISVILLE (46) – Klopfenstein 8, Hostetler 14, Avina 5, Pursel
6, Fricke 13. Totals 13-17-46.
STRYKER (39) – Uribes 2, Sullivan 15, Huston 5, Varner 6, Rupp
2, Waidelich 2, Doehrmann 7. Totals
PHS 13 7 11 15 – 46
SHS 9 12 3 15 – 39
Reserve score: Pettisville def.
Stryker 41-25. Leading scorers: PHSKlopfenstein 18; SHS-Pegorch 9.