Jason Waldvogel, Pettisville head girls basketball coach, recorded his 200th career victory with a 56-32 Buckeye Border Conference win over North Central, Friday, Dec. 7, in the Bird Cage.
“The 200th victory is really a reflection of where our program has been for the last decade because of the hard work from our dedicated coaches and players,” said Waldvogel.
It was Pettisville’s second win of the week. The Birds hosted Evergreen, Monday, Dec. 3, and defeated the Vikings 39-29 in the nonleague contest.
PHS 39, Evergreen 29
The Birds led 7-4 after one, and widened the gap to 21-10 at halftime.
The Vikings closed the difference to seven, 29-22, after three, but Pettisville won the fourth quarter 10-7 for the 10-point victory.
Dana Fricke led all scorers with 19 points. Mikala Avina was also in double figures for PHS, with 11.
Kendalyn Noe led Evergreen (1-3) with 12.
“It was a nice win for us tonight,” said Waldvogel. “Audra Klopfenstein and Jordyn Pursel did a great job on their defensive assignments tonight.
“Dana Fricke stepped up on the offensive side also. I was very proud of the way our ladies controlled the game, especially in the fourth quarter.”
Pettisville was 16-42 from the field for 38% and 5-12 from the foul line for 42%. Evergreen was 9-30 from the field for 30% and 8-10 from the foul line for 80%.
The Birds grabbed 18 rebounds to Evergreen’s four, and committed seven turnovers to the Vikings’ 11.
PHS 56, NC 32
The Birds led 2-0 with only four seconds gone after Avina drove for a layup.
Fricke scored off an offensive rebound, followed by a pair of free throws and a three-pointer, and all of a sudden the Birds were up 9-0 with 5:34 left in the first period.
North Central finally scored its first point as Bralyn Wyrick made one of two free throws.
Pursel and Avina scored Pettisville’s last two baskets of the quarter, and the Birds led 13-4 after one.
The unbalanced scoring continued in the second quarter. PHS outscored the Eagles 13-2 and took a 26- 6 lead into the locker room. Fricke had 11 of the Birds’ 26 first-half points.
North Central (2-3, 0-2 BBC) outscored Pettisville in the third quarter 18-14, but the Birds won the fourth 16-8 for the 56-32 final.
A trio of Blackbirds were in double figures, led by Lauren Hostetler with 16 points. Avina and Fricke each finished with 13.
Wyrick led the Eagles with nine.
“We did a very good job defensively, especially in the first half, taking their scorers out of the game,” said Waldvogel.
“Our offense was balanced tonight with different people stepping up at different times of the game.”
The Birds out-rebounded the Eagles 19-8, but had one more turnover, 7-6.
PETTISVILLE (39) – Klopfenstein 3, Hostetler 5, Avina 11, Pursel 1, Fricke 19. Totals 16-5-39.
EVERGREEN (29) – Marvin 4, Langenderfer 2, Noe 12, Siefker 1, Mossing 7, Machacek 3. Totals 9-8- 29.
PHS 7 14 8 10 – 39
Reserve score: Evergreen won 29-22. Leading scorer: PHS-Amber Klopfenstein 10.
PETTISVILLE (56) – Klopfenstein 8, Hostetler 16, Avina 13, Pursel 4, Fricke 13, Smith 2. Totals 22-8-56.
NORTH CENTRAL (32) – Oyer 7, Pickford 4, Wyrick 9, Wheeler 8, Rhinard 4. Totals 13-5-32.
PHS 13 13 14 16 – 56
Reserve score: Pettisville won 24-16. Leading scorer: PHS-Kate Kauffman 8.