Bellevue’s Payton Vogel shines in 92-56 Tiffin win over Wright State-Lake

PHOTO BY ZACH BAKER Tiffin’s Payton Vogel, a Bellevue graduate, looks to pass during a game against Wright State-Lake Thursday in Tiffin.

Tiffin University coach Jessie Ivey said she and the coaching staff have had conversations with freshman Payton Vogel.

Vogel, a Bellevue graduate, was held scoreless Tuesday in Tiffin’s win over Mount Vernon Nazarene.

“That’s something we’ve been talking to Payton about, is, just play Payton-ball,” Ivey said. “Just go out and have fun. She’s a great player, she had great things to do at Bellevue, and just bring that game into Tiffin.”

Thursday against Wright State Lake, Vogel did just that.

She helped the Dragons out of a cold start with two first-quarter 3-pointers, then keyed a big second quarter for TU where it outscored the Lakers 35-7.

Vogel finished tied for the team lead with 13 points, and added three steals as Tiffin routed Wright State Lake 92-56.

“I just love everybody on the team, and I feel comfortable around them, and the coaches are great,” Vogel said. “I just feel comfortable and confident.”

Also feeling confident was point guard Jessica Chase, who scored 12 points and added three rebounds.

She was a big part of the Dragons pulling away after trailing 15-13 after one quarter.

“I think we were just nervous that first quarter. After that first quarter we got our energy up,” Chase said. “Offensively, we just started pushing it more and looking for our 3s and getting into the paint. Pushing it in.”

Also for the Dragons, Kirsten Williams was solid off the bench. She had 12 points and five rebounds after not playing Tuesday.

As it is with Vogel, Ivey said she just wants Williams to play her game.

“She was able to do that tonight,” Ivey said.

Maria Dobson added 14 points for TU, which finished with 21 assists in improving to 2-2.

“We’re such a young team. We have eight freshmen and one Division I transfer, so we have nine new players on our team,” Ivey said. “So they’re still trying to get comfortable with each other, get comfortable with the offense and with me, so we’re still finding that.”

Ziona Williams had 22 points for the Lakers, who fell to 1-6.