Last week, Mother Nature brought her winter fury to Northwest Ohio, dropping temperatures below zero with wind chills dropping temperatures even further.
Those who made the journey to Montpelier in bitter temperatures, Thursday, Jan. 15, saw Archbold (5-5, 2-2 NWOAL) pick up its fifth win with a 51- 28 Northwest Ohio Athletic League boys basketball victory over the Locomotives.
“We got off to a good start, and I thought our defensive effort sparked our offense,” said Doug Krauss, AHS head coach. “We executed offensively.
“I thought our kids played pretty well. The kids passed the ball, and I like how the kids guarded. I think it was a continuation of how we practiced Monday through Wednesday. We practiced hard and well, and it carried over tonight.”
“Being from Stryker, I am familiar with the NWOAL,” said Abe Wyse, first-year MHS head coach. “I know what it is going to take to get things turned around and headed in the right direction.
“When you come up against a good club and great traditions like Archbold, that is going to be rough on us ’til we can get things turned around. We are doing our best right now, but it will take time.”
As bitter as the wind was outside, inside the Montpelier Athletic Complex was no warmer for the Locos (1-6, 1-2 NWOAL) as they hit just six field goals in the loss.
It couldn’t have started any better for the Blue and Gold, as they scored the game’s first 13 points.
The Locos, facing a stiff Archbold defense and suffering through turnovers, finally got on the board at the 2:26 mark on a three-pointer by Jake Buchanan.
It was their only field goal of the first quarter. Montpelier scored only two field goals in the first 16 minutes as AHS built a 25-7 halftime lead.
“In a game like this, you are concerned how your kids will go mentally into the game,” said Krauss. “We are at a stage of the season where we can’t take anyone lightly.
“We didn’t take Montpelier lightly; we knew playing here at their place they were capable of putting one on us, but I thought our kids came out in the proper frame of mind and went at it well defensively and our shots fell.
“When you work hard defensively, good things happen at the offensive end.”
Leading the Streak charge in the first half was senior David Rupp, who scored seven of his 11 points in the first half. Right behind him was Christian Goering, who dropped four threes in the game to lead all scorers with 12.
Sam Miller chipped in seven.
“When Christian sets his feet he is pretty effective,” said Krauss. “I thought his defensive play was as good as we have seen this year. He is starting to understand what he has to do at that end of the floor, and that was good to see.”
Even with a 17-3 lead to start the second period, AHS mustered only eight points in the period as Rupp hit a jumper and Goering nailed back-toback threes.
Montpelier scored just four points: a jumper from Ryan Heller, and a pair of free throws from Buchanan.
The duo each finished the game with eight points each.
The Streaks outscored the Locos 17-11 in the third period, and Montpelier took a 10-9 edge in the fourth for the 51-28 final.
“Archbold had us very well scouted,” said Wyse. “They knew exactly what we were going to do and where we were going to be.
“That made things very diffi cult for us to do anything. We had problems running any sort of offense and just creating off the dribble.”
ARCHBOLD (51) – Corey Walker 3, McQuillin 5, Rupp 11, Fricke 2, Smith 3, S. Miller 7, Collin Walker 2, Goering 12, P. Miller 4, Morton 2. Totals 19-8-51.
MONTPELIER (28) – Buchanan 8, Miser 2, Moore 2, Waldron 2, Maag 1, Heller 8, Hephner 5. Totals 6-15-28.
|17||8 17||9 – 51|
|3||4 11 10 – 28|
Reserve score: Archbold won 34-26.