Lady Blue Streaks Defeat Lake for Sectional Title

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The Archbold Lady Blue Streaks defeated the Lake Lady Flyers 80-63 to capture the DIII Sectional Championship at Southview High School in Sylvania on Saturday afternoon.  It was a highly physical and fast-paced game that, at times, seemed to see bodies bouncing off the floor more often than the basketball.  The two teams combined to commit 47 fouls and were sent to the free throw line 67 times.

“I thought we were very well prepared and I thought we handled their pressure well,” said Archbold coach Brian Ziegler referring to Lake’s full-court defensive pressure they used for the entire game.  “Our plan was to slow it down because we did not want to get into a race with them.  But we kept pushing the pedal to the metal and it worked out for us.”

The 17-point margin at the end of the game was in no way indicative of just how close this contest was.  There were multiple ties and lead changes throughout the first three quarters with Lake leading 17-15 after one and Archbold ahead by one point, 37-36, at halftime.  The third quarter was no different until a pivotal moment occurred towards the end of the frame that swung the momentum in favor of the Streaks and held through the rest of the game.

With Archbold holding a 50-48 advantage, Sophie Rupp drove to the basket and was fouled by Lake’s Brigid Enright.  Enright protested the call was assessed a technical foul.  The end result was two made free throws by both Rupp and Addie Ziegler, the ball out of bounds and a sudden six-point lead for the Streaks, the widest margin of the game at that point.  Archbold then dominated the fourth quarter, outscoring Lake 24-12 with 10 of those points coming from the foul line on 13 attempts.

A major part of the Streaks’ second-half surge was the play of Ziegler who scored 22 points and had a career-high 35 for the game.  “Addie had a phenomenal game.  That’s a game you hope a senior has and steps up when you need it the most,” said Coach Ziegler.  “The girls did a great job finding her for open shots.  She converted inside off some easy looks that Leah (McQuade) and Addie (Moyer) gave her and just held her composure.  A senior needs to keep everyone composed out there and she was the one that did that.”

Ziegler appeared to be in a zone with her shooting, hitting from almost anywhere on the floor including three baskets from behind the arc and converting 12 of 15 free throws.  “We played amazing tonight.  We had all week to prepare.  Unlike other teams we took a bye so we had all week,” she said, preferring to talk about her team’s performance rather than her own.  “We were so well prepared.  We broke down every single play and every single out of bounds.  We knew what they were doing so that really helped us come out with the win.”

In addition to Ziegler’s 35-point explosion, Sophie Rupp scored 16 points.  Leah McQuade added eight points, and Karsyn Hostetler, Addie Moyer and Harley Phillips had seven apiece.

The Lady Blue Streaks will now face the winner of the Wauseon/Evergreen game this Thursday, February 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Anthony Wayne High School.

Pictured:  Addie Ziegler

Click on the link above to access photos from the game. Photos are in the jpeg format and can be downloaded for no charge courtesy of the fultoncountymedia.com website.

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