Stow-Munroe Falls girls basketball's game vs. Wadsworth at the James G. Tyree Gymnasium Jan. 18 was anything but petty.
Bulldogs coach Bob Podges does not care.
Stow played perhaps its best defensive game of the season, limiting Wadsworth to 4-of-39 shooting from the field on its way to a 33-18 win.
Stow’s record stands at 11-2, 7-1 in the Suburban League National Conference.
Stow opened the game on a 9-2 run, as guard Emily Andrassy made several steals and drove to the basket. Andrassy scored eight of her game-high nine points in the first quarter. She also had eight rebounds.
After Wadsworth coach Andrew Booth called time out, neither team seemed to be able to hit shots. Stow led 13-5 after one quarter.
The game was an extremely physical affair on both sides. Podges lauded hits team for keeping its composure in the face of very aggressive Grizzly defense.
Podges noted point guard Lexi Petit was made for grinding games like this. While Petit scored only five points, she was composed in the face of the Grizzlies and was a constant nuisance on defense.
Up 18-11 at halftime, Stow spent much of the second half running its motion offense. This kept the clock on Stow’s side and sapped the energy out of Wadsworth’s defense.
Wadsworth never got the lead before seven points in the second half. The Grizzlies managed just one field goal in each of the four quarters.
Stow got eight points and three rebounds from Theresa Parr and seven points and six rebounds from forward Lauren Turschak. Andrassy and Petit combined for 11 steals and numerous held balls.
Wadsworth forward Peyton Banks led the Grizzlies with seven points and 13 rebounds, but no other Grizzly scored more than four points.
Stow will to host Nordonia Jan. 21 at 2:30 p.m.