The fans at the Huber got to see a great game with multiple lead changes following the tribute time paid to the four Pirate Girl Basketball Seniors Addy Armey, Katie Keller, Alex Hoeffel, and Kerri Prowant. It was Continental’s Senior Katie Keller to put in the first points of the game to give the Pirates the early lead over Kalida. A Wildcat basket was followed by a Junior Catelyn Etter to make it Pirates 4-2. A 3 by the Wildcats was matched by a 3 from Junior Madelyn Potts to make it 7-5 Pirates. But that would be all the scoring for the Pirates in the first as the Wildcats would put in the last 8 points of the quarter to make it 13-7 Kalida after 1 quarter.
Etter would score all the Pirates points in the second as she would make 1 basket and three 3s to put in 11 for the Pirates. The Pirates Defense would hold the Wildcat offense to 2 baskets for 6 points. Wildcats 19, Pirates 18 at half.
The second half saw a lot of points in the third quarter. The Wildcats would make it a 3 point lead when they would hit a pair of free throws. The Pirates would tie the game up with a Potts 3, 21 all. A Wildcat basket was followed up with Senior Addy Armey making a basket and a 3 to give the Pirates a 4 point lead 26-22. Four baskets by the Wildcats would put them up by 4, 30-26. Senior Alex Hoeffel made it a 1 point game when she hit a 3, Wildcats 30-29. A basket by the Wildcats would put them up by 3 but the Pirates would flip the lead as they had 3 pointers made by Potts and Senior Kerri Prowant to make it a Pirate 3 point lead 35-32. That was all the scoring for the Pirates as the Wildcats would end the third with 3 baskets to take a 38-35 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Pirate offense would sputter in the fourth quarter as they would put in only 4 points. Addy Armey hit a free throw to make it a 2 point game the Wildcats would put in the next 5 points to open up a 43-36 lead. A 3 point play by Potts would bring it back to a 4 point game 43-39. The Wildcats would end up adding 6 more points to their total for the 49-39 final.
Continental was led in scoring by Catelyn Etter with 13 points while Madelyn Potts put in 12. Addy Armey score 6, Kerri Prowant and Alex Hoeffel had 3 each, Katie Keller 2. Continental hit nine 3s, Catelyn Etter and Madelyn Potts with 3 each, Addy Armey, Kerri Proawnt, and Alex Hoeffel 1 each. Kalida hit two 3-pointers.
Continental falls to 11-11 (2-5 PCL) and will take on North Baltimore on Thursday at Bluffton University in a Ottawa Glandorf District Sectional Semifinal. Kalida improves to 15-7 (5-2 PCL).
Congrats and good luck in the future to Pirate Seniors Addy Armey, Katie Keller, Alex Hoeffel and Kerri Prowant.
Seniors Kerri Prowant, Karson Prowant, Justin Etter, and Junior Ellie Schwartzman sang then National Anthemn. The Pirate Cache had a winner who took home $1020.
–Mike Jones, Sportswriter