Schroeder looks for opening

Edgerton’s Audrey Schroeder (14) looks for an opening while Paulding’s Jalynn Parrett defends during a nonconference girls basketball game on Friday at Paulding.

PAULDING — Edgerton could not stop Paulding.

The Panthers shredded the Bulldogs 81-21 behind a combined 41 points from swing player Jalynn Parrett (21) and 6-foot center Sadie Estle (20) in the nonconference season opener for both teams on Friday at Paulding High School.

“Let’s give credit where it’s due, Paulding’s a good team. Yes we’re young, (but) I definitely thought we had some good things come out of this game,” Edgerton coach Nathan Davis said. “When we took that pressure and we attacked the basket, we had opportunities to score.

“Paulding’s a fast team — they can get up and down the floor. We have a lot to work on, and I thought there were some plusses from some players.”

Guard Holly Stark had a team-high five points for the Bulldogs. While guard Brianna Wickerham only had two points on 2-of-4 free throws, Davis was impressed with her play.

“I thought Bri Wickerham played with all of her heart tonight,” Davis said. “She was playing pretty quick and fast.”

After Parrett and Estle’s combined 41, Paulding had post Leigha Egnor score 10 points. Guard Maggie Manz nailed three 3-pointers for nine points, while guard Claire Schweller also added nine points.

“Our motto right now is, ‘Have fun,’ because you don’t know when this can be taken away from you,“ Paulding coach Matt Arellano said. “Leave no doubt who the better team is when you get out there. We just want to play hard and have fun.

“Some of these girls, they lost their softball season last year. We just want them to have a good time.”

Barrett got the Panthers rolling early, scoring her team’s first 7 points. The Panthers kept that momentum to give themselves a 19-2 lead going into the second quarter.

Paulding continued to score and lock down Edgerton to give itself a 43-9 lead at halftime.

“We kind of got a saying defensively that we want to continue to pressure and we don’t want to let teams off the hook,” Arellano said. “We had a short stint in the second quarter where I thought we started to let them do things offensively that we don’t allow in our defense. We talked about that at halftime.

“We came out, and it was great what we were able to do with our regular defense — not too much pressing or anything. So we were pretty proud of the girls. Good first game.”

Coming out of halftime, the Panthers’ prowess did not stop. They scored 26 points compared to the Bulldogs’ 3 and took a 69-12 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs will look to bounce back and improve tonight in a nonconference game against Pettisville.

“(First thing is) taking care of the ball. The basic fundamentals of, if we’re getting pressure defense, where (can) we get into that triple threat position,” Davis said. “Get back to those little things and attack the basket. When we started to attack the basket tonight, we had opportunities.”

Paulding 81, Edgerton 21

Edgerton 2 7 3 9 — 21

Paulding 19 24 26 12 — 81

Edgerton: Stark 1 0 4-6 6, Moreno 0 1 0-0 3, Wickerham 0 0 2-4 2, Herman 1 0 0-0 2, Smith 0 0 2-6 2, Fort 1 0 0-0 2, G. Schroeder 1 0 0-1 2, Cape 1 0 0-0 2.

Paulding: Parrett 9 1 0-2 21, Estle 9 0 2-3 20, Egnor 5 0 0-2 10, Manz 0 3 0-0 9, Schweller 3 0 3-3 9, Giesige 0 2 0-1 6, Pease 3 0 0-1 6, Suffel 0 0 0-2 0, Bakle 0 0 0-2 0.

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