ST. MARYS — New Knoxville’s man-to-man pressure was overwhelming.
The Rangers seemed to come at Perry with at least seven players at a time.
New Knoxville forced 26 Perry turnovers in the Rangers’ 51-19 victory over Perry in the Division IV girls basketball sectional opener Wednesday at St. Marys.
New Knoxville (16-7) advances to the sectional finals against No. 4 seed New Bremen at 6 p.m. Saturday at St. Marys.
“We work hard on defense,” New Knoxville coach Tim Hegemier said. “That’s something (an aggressive man-to-man) we’ve been working on. … All in all, it was pretty good.’’
Perry ends its season 2-20.
“I think their defensive pressure was just so intense and that’s something we haven’t seen all year,” Perry coach John Berens said. “Our skill level is not where it needs to be yet to handle that type of pressure. I think they rattled us a little bit.’’
In the second sectional game of the night, Marion Local knocked off Upper Scioto Valley 65-18.
New Knoxville had six players score between six and nine points.
Avery Henschen came off the bench and scored nine points with six rebounds for the Rangers.
Erin Scott had eight points, while Tayler Doty and Tasia Lauth both scored seven.
Jacklyn Leffel had six points with two 3-pointers, both in the first quarter.
Morgan Jurosic had six points and four rebounds.
Tia Barfield paced Perry with six points and four rebounds.
Perry jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead.
New Knoxville then settled in and ripped off a 31-0 run.
That gave the Rangers a 31-4 lead with 1:17 left before halftime.
The Rangers led 31-6 at the half.
Perry had trouble running its offense, with 18 first-half turnovers. It had 10 turnovers in the second quarter.
New Knoxville also owned the boards.
The Rangers led 18-4 after the first quarter and had a 13-3 rebounding advantage, including 10-0 at the offensive end.
After Perry led 4-0, Jacklyn Leffel drilled her first of two 3-pointers in the first quarter and the Rangers shifted into high gear.
“I think we were ready to play, but the first game is always nerve-wracking,” Leffel said.
Hegemier said Leffel’s pair of 3-pointers got his team rolling.
“Yea, I think she did (give us a jump start),” Hegemier said. “Whenever you start the game out and shoot an air ball, everybody just hits the panic button.’’
Added Leffel, “It’s nice when you get your first points. It’s like, ‘OK, we got it now.’ ’’
Perry could only manage seven shots in the first half and two in the second quarter.
New Knoxville won the boards 35-21, including 16-6 at the offensive end.
Perry shot 16 percent from the field and was 3 of 10 on threes.
The Rangers shot 44 percent from the field and were 4 of 13 on threes.
New Knoxville will meet MAC-rival New Bremen next.
“We’re going to have to play a lot better than we did tonight,” Hegemier said. “I realize I ran a lot of girls in, but it’s going to be a dogfight.’’
Perry finished with two wins after going 0-21 last year.
“I think we have gotten better,” Berens said. “We told the kids, watch the first game of the year and see how better you play now. It’s still a work in progress for us.’’
Marion Local 65, USV 18
Heidi Rethman had 13 points to power Marion Local past Upper Scioto Valley.
The Flyers’ Natalie Rethman and Alana Pohlman both scored 12.
Marion Local led 32-16 at the half.
The Flyers outscored the Rams 24-0 in the third quarter to pull out to a 56-16 lead.
The Rams played with only five players and for a possession, late in the second quarter, had to play with four, when one starter left with a brief injury.
Marion Local (12-11) will meet No. 3-seed St. Henry (14-8) at 8 p.m. Saturday in the sectional finals at St. Marys.
The Flyers led 16-8 after the first quarter.
Allison Moore and Briana Hurley both had five points for USV.
USV ends its season 2-19.
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