Schofield And Carter Lead AW To 52-39 Win Over Wauseon

AW junior Peyton Wallace plays defense in a game against Springfield on January 19. Wallace got her first varsity start against Wauseon on January 23, scoring eight points and grabbing four rebounds in the Generals’ 52-39 victory over the Indians. MIRROR PHOTO BY KEVIN FINNIGAN

BY JOEL SENSENIG | MIRROR SPORTS — Sophomore Sam Scho-field led a balanced offensive attack with 16 points as the Anthony Wayne girls basketball team defeated visiting Wauseon 52-39 in a non-league game on January 23. Senior Alix Carter scored 12 points to go along with a team-high nine rebounds, while junior Peyton Wallace scored eight points and had four boards in her first varsity start. Senior Hannah Szul also netted eight points to go along with a team-high five steals for the Generals, who improved to 9-6 overall with the victory. Wallace, who hit two 3-pointers in her debut start, said she was excited to hear the news at practice the night before the game. “I couldn’t wait to get my first starting minutes as a varsity athlete,” she said. “I’d like to consider it as somewhat of an accomplishment for this season. “Starting the game instead of coming off the bench did feel a little different to me because I felt more energetic and ready to come out and play.” On a team that relies heavily upon its seniors, Wallace is glad to step in and make an impact in her first year on varsity. “With all of the really good seniors we have this year, I feel my role on the team is to do all the little things on both ends of the floor, knock down some shots when I can and just be aggressive,” she said. Wallace knocked down the team’s first bucket, a trey that tied things up at 3-3 two minutes into the game. Although Wauseon (2-12) took a 6-3 lead a minute later, the Generals got things going quickly with two buckets by Szul, a Schofield triple and two free throws from Carter. After one quarter, AW had a comfortable 15-6 lead. Although the Indians’ junior guard Alexis Suarez (11 points) hit a couple threes in the second, Anthony Wayne built upon its lead slightly with seven points from Carter and another triple from Wallace. At the half, AW led 26-18. Wauseon senior guard Rylee Campbell (18 points) did her best to keep the visitors in the game by scoring six points in the third, but Schofield had other ideas, scoring nine points on her own to help the Generals maintain a 38-31 lead going into the fourth. Much of the final stanza was spent at the foul line, with AW hitting a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe. Senior Megan Guerrette hit four, while Szul, senior Emily Brandeberry and Schofield each hit two apiece to help push the scoreboard to the final 52-39 score. Anthony Wayne rebounded well all game long on both ends of the court, outhustling the Indians 36-18 on the boards. Brandeberry was second on the team with seven rebounds, while Schofield had six, Guerrette five, junior Cailey Miller three and junior guard Olivia Womack (three steals) two. Wallace said she believes the team is at a good place in terms of playing together as a unit. “I feel at this point in the season, the team has actually come together and we understand what needs to be done in order for us to be successful,” she said. “We just need to stay focused and keep working hard at practices to finish out our season strong.” Napoleon 35, AW 25 Three nights later, the Generals struggled to get much going offensively in a 35-25 defeat at Napoleon. Anthony Wayne struggled with turnovers all game long, committing as many errors as they scored points. Despite their offensive struggles, the Generals were in the game until the Wildcats started to pull away in the middle of the fourth quarter. Napoleon sophomore Shae Pedroza scored 16 points, including five in the final stanza to give the hosts the 10-point victory. Szul and Schofield led AW with six points apiece, while Brandeberry (five boards) and Miller had four each. The loss dropped AW’s overall record to 9-7 (6-4 in the Northern Lakes League). Junior Varsity Sophomore Hannah Rybicki had seven points and three steals and freshman Kelsey Ragan had six points and nine rebounds as the JV Generals blew past Wauseon, 32-8, on January 23. Anthony Wayne was in charge the whole game, although both teams struggled to score early on. The first quarter ended with AW owning a 5-0 lead. “As a team, we were very aggressive on defense and getting Wauseon to turn the ball over,” said JV coach Nicole Nirschl. “We scored much of our offense from our defensive stops.” The Indians finally scored in the second, but the Generals responded with buckets by sophomore Kaylee Kahl, Tayler Common (five rebounds) and Rybicki to take a 13-2 lead into the break. AW outscored Wauseon 10-4 in the third, with Rybicki netting four points and Ragan and sophomores Keaton Grabarczyk and Kelsey Boyer (on an assist by junior Kylie Sahloff) each scoring two. Sophomore Olivia Weber (three steals) recorded four points to lead the Generals in the fourth, while Julia Baisden hit a 3-pointer and Sahloff scored a bucket to help AW outscore the Indians 9-2 in the stanza. Nirschl said defensive adjustments were key. “We switched up our defense to our man and zone to force them to shoot outside,” she said. The JV girls lost 40-17 to Napoleon last Friday. “We played very hard on defense but offensively we couldn’t execute,” Nirschl said. “I thought we took high-quality shots the whole game, but nothing was falling. “Defensively, we will need to work on backside help and anticipating more on offense and defense.” Kelsey Boyer led the Generals in scoring with four points. Freshmen Kayla Crandall scored 10 points as the freshman team defeated Napoleon 22-10 last Friday. Three players scored four points apiece for the Generals: Jada Spencer, Hannah Pfundt and Haley Boyer.

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