Petersburg boys get past Hampshire to open season

PETERSBURG — Class AA Petersburg notched a 56-54 verdict over visiting triple-A Hampshire Tuesday night in its season opener.

The Vikings were without two senior starters, and veteran Petersburg coach Todd Heare said other players stepped up to help the Vikings’ squad prevail.

“We never trailed, and I think (Hunter) Pool and (Peyton) Sindledecker had around eight rebounds apiece,” Heare said. “We had two senior players out, and some other players stepped up. Even though we hadn’t practiced it that way, they made big plays coming off the bench for us to be the difference, including the efforts from Matt VanMeter, Dalton Lough and Nathan Park.”

Petersburg capped the first frame with a 10-8 edge before the scoring grew faster in the second quarter to give the Vikes a 31-22 advantage at the intermission.

Outshooting the guests once more in the third period, Petersburg took a 10- point lead (43-33) into the final stanza. Hampshire outscored the Vikings, 21-13, in the final 8 minutes of regulation, though never overtaking the lead held by PHS.

Pool tied for the leading scorer in the game after going 5 of 8 from the free-throw line on his way to 13 points. Sindledecker collected 12 points from the field.

Kahner Turner and Matt VanMeter both hit three shots from behind the arc to garner 11 and nine points, respectively.

Hampshire was led in scoring by Trevor Sardo with 13 points, Grant Mayfield with 12 and Isiah Steinmetz also reaching double digits with 10.

“We will still be without those two senior starters against Frankfort next week,” Heare said. “After that, we will start seeing who we are even more.”

Petersburg will resume play at home at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday against PVC foe Frankfort.