SYLVANIA – The Northern Lakes League is one of the few conferences in the state taking the stance of playing boy/girl varsity basketball doubleheaders. Last night the Perrysburg and Sylvania Southview programs met with the girls playing the first game of the doubleheader with the Perrysburg Lady Yellow Jackets coming out on top of the Southview Lady Cougars by the score of 51-37.
The game itself was a case of Perrysburg’s size versus Southview’s quickness. On this night Perrysburg’s size won out.
Perrysburg coach Mark Schrock, in comparing the contrasting styles, commented: “In fairness to them (Southview) we’re bigger than them. … Their advantage is that they are quicker than we are. We’re bigger. They gave us some problems especially at the beginning with their quickness. I think we underestimated their right off the bat they got two quick steals and two quick lay-ups and we’re down 4-0 before you could blink your eye.”
In the first half the Cougars (6-5) were able to stay within striking distance of the Jackets (8-2) by successfully neutralizing the inside play of Perrysburg’s leading scorer, senior Nicole Parrish. Utilizing an aggressive zone defense, the Cougars were able to keep the Jackets from getting the ball down low to Parrish and, as a result, Parrish finished the first half with only 3 points that actually came from a Parrish long range three pointer.
With Parrish being shut down others on the Jacket roster had to step forward. Good teams adjust and the Jackets did. Displaying a balanced attack, five different Perrysburg ladies scored for coach Schrock to give the Jackets a 21-15 halftime lead.
In the second half, the Cougars could no longer contain Parrish. Because they were trailing Southview was forced to switch to more man-to-man defense that opened it down low more frequently for the Jackets. The experienced Parrish took advantage of the situation by scoring 12 second half points.
“They went to her (Parrish) a little more in the second half,” said Southview coach Todd Bostater. They isolated her in the post more and it was harder for us to double and help on her and we also started trapping because we were down and she seemed to spring for a couple of lay-ups off our traps.”
The Cougars were playing without the services of senior guard Brooke Gates. Gates has re-aggravated a back injury that has plagued her throughout her career at Southview and will be game to game for the remainder of the season. The loss of Gates’ contributions were a burden for the inexperienced Cougars.
“That’s a lot,” Bostater said. “She (Gates) allowed Jenna (Southview guard Jenna Vermilya) to be open because they had to focus on her first. Now that Brooke’s not out there they turn their attention to Jenna and she doesn’t get as many open looks. Her leadership, her defense. She was a very good overall. 12 points a game; 3-4 rebounds a game and that is going to hurt when you miss that.”
With her 12 point second half Nicole Parrish again led the Yellow Jackets in scoring with 14 while Maddie Gutkowski added 12.
For the Cougars sophomore Tiffany Scott led the way with 14 while Jenna Vermilya tallied 10.
Perrysburg’s win keeps them within one game of the NLL lead at 5-1 with a big rematch coming next week with league leading Anthony Wayne. Southview falls to 3-3 in the league.