After upsetting Bryan last week, Patrick Henry looks to once again play spoiler in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League girls basketball race.
The Lady Patriots knocked Bryan into a three-way tie, with Archbold and Delta, for second place — a game behind Wauseon, which hosts Patrick Henry tonight in the season finale for both teams.
The Lady Indians can win the league title outright with a victory. Patrick Henry, however, can send the league title into a free-for-all by beating Wauseon.
All three second-place teams face a team in the bottom half of the league standings. Delta is at Swanton, while Archbold hosts Evergreen and Bryan travels to Liberty Center.
“The league is pretty crazy this year and you want to be playing your best basketball at the end of the year,” said Patrick Henry coach Justin Sonnenberg. “If we can come back and knock off Wauseon, we can say we’re playing some of the best basketball in the league right now. But Wauseon is so good, hopefully it will be a tough battle.”
Patrick Henry is coming off a 53-30 loss to Napoleon, the third ranked team in Division II in the latest Ohio girls basketball poll, Tuesday.
Wauseon defeated Rossford Tuesday, with Sam Aeschliman and Sydney Zirkle each scoring 14 points and Marissa Seiler adding 13.
The Lady Indians are averaging 49.38 points per game, while the Lady Patriots are holding teams to 37.35 points per game this season.
“We take lot of pride in our defense,” said Sonnenberg. “I feel we play good team defense, so we are not going to rely on any one person. They are not going to be on an island guarding them. Hopefully we have good rotation, we have good defense and we box out. It’s going to take a great team effort to come away with a win against Wauseon.”
The Lady Patriots have struggled to score at times this season, averaging 38.5 points per game. They are averaging 41.8 points per game in NWOAL contests.
“(Offensively) we have to finish shots,” added Sonneberg. “We didn’t finish shots (against Napoleon). We are going to have to against Wauseon.”
Liberty Center (10-11, 0-6) is hoping to avoid a winless league record when the Lady Tigers host Bryan (15-5, 4-2) tonight in The Jungle.
LC defeated Pettisville 50-21 Tuesday, with Cassidy Chapa leading the way with 11 points. Harmony Young added 9, while Samantha Engler and Samantha Graber each tallied 8.
Chapa is averaging 11.1 points per game in NWOAL action this season.
In the Green Meadows Conference, Holgate (2-19, 1-5) hosts Ayersville (5-16, 3-3) tonight in the Tiger Cage.
Both the Lady Tigers and Lady Pilots are coming off non-league losses Tuesday. Holgate fell to Miller City 36-33, while Ayervsille was bested by Continental 66-57.
Raena Willett led the Lady Tigers with 11 points against Miller City. Willett has been Holgate’s leading scorer the last three games, scoring 22 against Antwerp and tallying 7 of the Lady Tigers’ 19 points against Kalida.
Sophomore Justine Eis added 9 against Miller City.
Ayersville had a balanced scoring attack in its loss to Continental. Maci Froelich led the way with 12 points, while Taylor Addington, Krystal Dales and Kaycee Okuley each added 10.
The final week of the GMC comes down to a two-team battle, with Wayne Trace (17-4, 6-0) leading Fairview (16-5, 5-1) by one game. The Lady Raiders travel to Hicksville (9-12, 2-4), while the Lady Apaches are at Tinora (3-18, 2-4). In the other GMC contest, Antwerp (11-10, 3-3) hosts Edgerton (6-15, 2-4).