ANTWERP — Antwerp made a living at the free throw line Thursday, and it helped the Archers survive to play another tournament game.

Antwerp knocked down 68 percent (26 of 38) of its free throws, including 20 of its last 24, as the Archers pulled away from Edon for a 57-38 Division IV sectional girls basketball semifinal victory at Antwerp High School.

“Early, I was a little nervous but we’ve been shooting them pretty well,” Antwerp coach Scott McMichael said. “Towards the end of the season we’ve gotten to the line a lot. But I thought the score doesn’t really translate to how tight the game was.

“Credit Edon and coach (Caela) Walker, they do a great job, their coaching staff and they were well prepared. I just thought when it came down to the end there we were able to make some plays and get to the line.”

The No. 9-seed Archers (6-12), who returned to practice Wednesday after spending the previous two weeks in quarantine, advanced to face No. 3 Ottoville at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ottoville High School.

Edon, which had a tough start early in the season due to quarantine and had a busy stretch by playing more than a dozen games since Jan. 12, finished 7-12 overall.

“We’re thankful that we got to play 19 games,” Walker said, “and who would have thought that we would have gotten that many in with this group and for our seniors.”

Antwerp freshman Aewyn McMichael knocked down 9-of-11 free throws and had a team-high 15 points, while Astianna Coppes tallied 14 points. Hayleigh Jewell had eight points, Lydia Brewer (six rebounds) scored seven and Grace Schuette (four rebounds) had five.

Edon senior Sydney Bignell buried three 3-pointers en route to a game-high 16 points. She also had five rebounds.

Carlie Kiess chipped in six points, while senior Paige Briner, Ashley Kaylor (game-high seven rebounds) and Allison Kaylor (four boards) each scored four points.

“Our seniors are great,” Walker said of Bignell and Briner. “I’ve been with them for four years now, they were freshmen when I started out so just to be able to have them in the program to start and what they’ve done in helping to kind of build that foundation and continue to pull our younger kids along (is great).”

Edon shot 30 percent (14 of 47) from the floor and was 44 percent (7 of 16) from the free-throw line. Antwerp shot 47 percent (15 of 32) from the floor, forced 20 turnovers while committing 19 and had a 38-27 rebounding advantage.

Antwerp 57, Edon 38

Edon 9 10 9 10 — 38

Antwerp 9 13 12 23 — 57

Edon: Briner 2 0 0-1 4, Bignell 2 3 3-4 16, As. Kaylor 2 0 0-0 4, Al. Kaylor 2 0 0-2 4, Kiess 2 0 2-4 6, Towers 0 0 2-2 2, Mitchell 1 0 0-2 2, Hickman 0 0 0-1 0. Totals: 11-32 3-15 7-16 38.

Antwerp: Coppes 5 0 4-8 14, Jewell 2 0 4-6 8, McMichael 3 0 9-11 15, Schuette 1 0 3-4 5, Brewer 2 1 0-1 7, Recker 0 0 3-4 3, A. Reinhart 0 0 2-2 2, M. Reinhart 1 0 0-0 2, Miller 0 0 1-2 1. Totals: 14-28 1-4 26-38 57.

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