Sports Writer

EDGERTON - What a start for the Matt Arellano era.

A 33-0 run will do that.

The first-year Paulding head coach saw his team get off to an impressive start to the season with a 58-28 victory over Edgerton on Friday night.

Leading 25-24 at the break, the Panthers scored 33 consecutive points in the second half before the host Bulldogs scored the final four points of the contest.

“Going on a 33-0 run isn’t something you see a lot of at any level and I couldn’t be more proud of my girls tonight,” Arellano said after the season-opening victory against the Bulldogs, which return their top player from a 12-12 squad a year ago.

Arellano pointed to defense as the key to starting out the campaign at 1-0.

“We wanted to turn up the pressure and Janae Pease and Sydney McCullough answered the call for us making it difficult on the guards today and Audrey Giesige’s defense was extremely good from the moment she was in the game,” Arellano noted. “Collectively our team locked in defensively that second half to make things difficult on our opponent.”

While the defense was getting the job done, Jalynn Parrett tallied six points in the third quarter helping Paulding to a 17-0 advantage during the first eight minutes of action in the second half. The Panthers proceeded to outscore Edgerton 16-4 in the final stanza, with Leigha Egnor tallying five points in the period.

Egnor finished with a game-high 15 points while Parrett was next in line with 10 points for the Panthers, which put eight players in the scoring column in the game.

Ally Cape, a first-team All-Green Meadows Conference performer a year ago, had 13 points for Edgerton, all in the first half to keep the Bulldogs in the game.

“Edgerton at home came in ready to play,” explained Arellano, whose squad was down 7-5 after one quarter. “(Edgerton head coach) Nate (Davis) did a great job of having his girls amped up tonight. We talked before the game about withstanding the energy that they would bring and taking their first punch. Overall we did that, closing the half up by one.”

After that it was no contest, with Edgerton - which has seven seniors on its roster - making just one field goal in the second half of action.

“It’s only game one, but it’s a solid start for the team,” concluded Arellano, whose team was aided by seven points from Audrey Giesige, six each from McCullough and Chelsi Giesige and five apiece from Pease and Sadie Estle. 

Paulding was also victorious in the junior varsity game, using a 10-1 third-quarter advantage en route to a 21-13 win over Edgerton.

Score by Quarters

Paulding   5 20 17 16  - 58

Edgerton  7 17 0    4 - 28

Paulding 58: Parrett 3-1-1-10; McCullough 2-0-2-6; Pease 1-1-0-5; Egnor 2-2-5-15; C. Giesige 3-0-0-6; A. Giesige 0-2-1-7; Estle 2-0-1-5; Ankney 2-0-0-4. Totals 15-6-10-58.

Edgerton 28: Siebenaler 0-0-3-3; Picillo 2-0-0-4; Cape 1-3-2-13; McNalley 0-0-2-2; Schroeder 0-0-1-1; F. Herman 0-0-1-1; A. Herman 1-0-0-2; Moreno 1-0-0-2. Totals 5-3-9-28.

Junior Varsity

Edgerton 4  2 1 6 - 13

Paulding  2 3 10 6  - 21