Perrysburg's Maddy Williams (12) steals the ball against Napoleon.
The Perrysburg girls basketball team found the best way to contain Napoleon: Limit its scoring options.
Or better yet, completely cut off its scoring options.
In a 44-11 win Tuesday against the Wildcats, the Yellow Jackets neutralized Napoleon in the second quarter, keeping it scoreless on the four shots it took.
“Our defense did amazing, making sure they didn’t take any shots, and I think we did really well with it,” Perrysburg center Sarah Baer said.
At the same time, the Yellow Jackets found a way to maintain their intensity, while taking a lead that swelled to 25 points before halftime.
“There’s been years that maybe you go out there and have a little something to get a group fired up,” Perrysburg coach Todd Sims said. “I don’t have to with these guys. Very little. You talk about focus and being intense for 32 minutes, and for the most part, we do.
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“We’ve had big leads in our past two games, and then we let teams sort of trickle back in a little bit, so we talked this week about extending leads. Once you get teams down, and not giving them a chance.”
The Wildcats (2-3, 1-3 Northern Lakes League) had no answer for the 6-foot-1 Baer, who scored a game-high 22 points. And they had no answer for Baer’s reinforcement, Allex Brown, who came off the bench to add nine points, and who provided just as strong of an inside presence for the Yellow Jackets (5-0, 4-0 NLL).
“We just didn’t cover,” Napoleon coach Kara Miller said. “We simply just did not cover what we needed to. And we didn’t check out. We were lazy on the boards. We didn’t check out at all, and our effort was not there.”
But Miller also believed Tuesday’s loss at Perrysburg would force her team to do some soul searching. “We need girls to step up and compete,” Miller said. “That’s just the bottom line.”
The Yellow Jackets utilized an 8-0 run en route to taking a 12-6 lead over the Wildcats at the end of the first quarter, then Perrysburg turned to its defense to take a 23-6 lead at halftime. The Yellow Jackets allowed the Wildcats just four shots from the floor in the second quarter, and the majority of Perrysburg’s points came from its transition game.
“That was the way to go,” Baer said of her team’s ability to create its offense off transition. “Our shots from outside just weren’t falling. It worked pretty well, and our fast breaks went pretty well.”
Napoleon went for a stretch of nearly 16 minutes between baskets — not including halftime — until Mia Rausch hit a basket with 2:45 left in the third quarter, but Baer’s layup gave Perrysburg a 33-10 lead going into the fourth quarter.
“Our key so far this year has been athleticism,” Sims said. “We have quickness all around. Offensively, I thought we were a little choppy at times but defensively we played really well. We created a lot of turnovers and they were on six [points] for a while and defensively, we’ve always been that way.
“You’re going to have some sluggish offense through the course of 20 games, but defense is all effort and helping your teammates.”
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