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Port Clinton girls finish season at 18-5

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Tiffany Colston, who played her final game during her storied career at Port Clinton High School, drives and scores against Bowling Green.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Unfortunately for the Port Clinton girls basketball team, it happened a little sooner than expected. The Redskins fell, 68-48, to Bowling Green in a Division II Sectional Final last weekend, a difficult end to another fine season that saw Port Clinton finish with an 18-5 record.

Despite trailing just 30-27 at halftime, the ‘Skins saw the Bobcats pull away by outscoring them 25-16 in the third quarter.  Bowling Green (13-11) had four players finish in double figures, led by Tyanna Smith, who scored 23. Kendal Glandorff finished with 12 points and Livvy Dill and Hanna Williford had 10 points apiece. Tiffany Colston led Port Clinton with 18 points, Hannah Weaver chipped in with 14 and Emily Ashley finished with eight.

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Oak Harbor girls win first sectional title in 11 years

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The fact that it was expected doesn’t make winning a sectional title any less enjoyable. Behind Andrea Cecil’s 28 points, Oak Harbor defeated Margaretta, 59-31, in the Division III Sectional Final last weekend at Port Clinton High School.

For the Rockets (19-4), it was their first sectional title in 11 years, a sign of how far they’ve come in the last few years. Last year, the team improved from 7-14 to 16-8 and won a game in the tournament before falling to Port Clinton, 52-45, in the sectional final. This season, Oak Harbor established itself with the area’s elite teams by going 18-4 and 11-3 in the Sandusky Bay Conference, good for a second-place tie with Port Clinton.

The Rockets, who defeated the Polar Bears, an SBC foe, both times in the regular season, controlled this one throughout as they slowly built a lead. Oak Harbor led, 16-9, after one quarter and 34-18 at halftime before outscoring Margaretta, 25-13, in the second half.

“I think our pressure defense was the difference,” said Oak Harbor head coach Tom Kontak. “We were in man-to-man and then went to our 1-3-1 trapping defense. We played a little bit of our 2-3 zone defense, too. What we tried to do (on offense) was give Andrea some space. And we wanted to give Maddy some a chance. We thought Maddy would have a quickness advantage. I think you have to give credit to Allie Kuhn, too. She hit a couple of big shots in the second quarter when Emma Barney was in foul trouble. I just wanted the kids to play in the moment and not worry (about anything else). The girls didn’t even know we were cutting down the nets. And I just want to say that I have the greatest group of coaches with me, Art Eli, Chris Rawski, Ralph Mills and Mark Boukissen. We’ve won five sectional titles in our eight years as a coaching staff together.”

On Thursday, the Rockets travel to Seneca East High School in Attica to face Bucyrus at 6:15 p.m. in the district semifinal. The winner will play either Bucyrus Wynford or Genoa in the district final on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Seneca East High School. 

“We have incredible respect for this opporunity,” Kontak said.

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Danbury girls edge Stritch to win sectional title

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After losing to Oak Harbor on Feb. 3, the Danbury Lakers were in a bit of a funk. Sitting at 8-10 with injuries to three of their top players, Danbury could’ve easily folded and limped into the postseason. But instead, the Lakers rose to the occasion, winning six straight games, culminating with their 40-37 victory over Cardinal Stritch in the Division IV Sectional Final last weekend at Genoa High School.

Behind 21 points from Erin Lavelle, 16 of which came in the second half, Danbury, which split with the Cardinals during the regular season, raced out to an 8-0 lead in the first quarter and led 8-2 heading into the second quarter.

The Lakers pushed the lead to 18-9 at halftime, but held just a slim 26-24 advantage after three quarters. In the final period, Stritch rallied to take the lead, holding a three-point advantage with3:30 to play before Lavelle took over and led her team to victory. Lavelle, who scored 12 of her team’s 14 points in the fourth quarter, scored a basket to cut the deficit to one and then converted on two free throws to give Danbury the lead for good and help them win their first sectional crown since 2008.

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