In the first game of a Northern Lakes League doubleheader in Whitehouse, the Anthony Wayne girls scored 42 points in the first half and cruised to a 72-37 win over Southview.
At the midpoint of the NLL girls race, Anthony Wayne kept itself in the title hunt. The Generals (7-2 overall, 5-2 NLL), who never trailed, broke it wide open with runs of 19-1 and 16-2 to take a 42-11 lead at halftime.
“All week, we preached being ready from the opening tip,” AW coach Jeremy Terwilliger said.
“We executed better than we have all year.”
IN PICTURES: Anthony Wayne 72, Southview 37
Anthony Wayne finished the opening quarter with a 15-1 spurt to take a 19-4 lead. Alix Cater hit a 3 to cap an 11-0 run and put AW ahead 15-3 with 1:34 left in the first quarter.
The Generals started the second quarter with a 16-2 spurt to go up 35-6. With 2:10 left in the first half, AW led 42-11.
Anthony Wayne had four players reach double figures in scoring, led by senior Renee Saneholtz, who had 19 points. Alix Carter had 15 points, Rylie Seals scored 12, and Emily Brandeberry had 11 points for the Generals. Carter made five 3 pointers.
Hallie Barnett paced Southview with a double-double (14 points and 10 rebounds).
Southview (2-9, 1-6) turned the ball over 19 times in the first half as the Cougars fell into a huge hole.
AW is chasing Perrysburg (7-0 NLL) after the first round of NLL play.
“We’re confident we have the ability to compete,” Terwilliger said.
Southview’s Elisha Quinn, left, grapples with Anthony Wayne’s Emily Brandeberry for control of the ball on Friday. THE BLADE/KATIE RAUSCH
Anthony Wayne’s Abigail Yunker shoots over Southview’s Erin Morrissey during the first half of the Generals’ victory on Friday. THE BLADE/KATIE RAUSCH