The Port Clinton girls basketball team, after going 13-8 last season, is off to a good start, having won its first four games.
Most recently, the 'Skins defeated Oak Harbor, 45-31, behind 13 points from Hope Thorbahn and 12 from Tiffany Colston. Port Clinton, which is now 1-0 in the Sandusky Bay Conference, took a 26-16 lead into the half. The Rockets (0-1, 0-1 SBC) were able to cut the deficit to eight at 34-26 after the third quarter, but the 'Skins pulled away in the fourth.
Senior Abbie Gezo led Oak Harbor with eight points and Maria Boers chipped in with seven.
Despite getting the win, Port Clinton head coach Toby Bickel is still hoping to see improvement out of his team.
“It's early in the season and there (were) lot of early-season mistakes,” Bickel said. “It's hard to get the kinks out with so little practice time. We have to do it when we're out on the floor — at times we're doing that and at times we're not. I'd like to see us do a lot of things better now. But like I've said a hundred times, we have a very inexperienced team varsity-wise and it's going to take a little time to gel. I'm throwing some different combinations of kids out there to see who can do what.”
Bickel was pleased with the performance of his two top players.
“(Thorbahn & Colston) have to carry a lot of the load offensively,” he said. “With the inexperienced kids (we have), they're still trying to find their way.”
Port Clinton resumes action with home games against Margaretta, St. Mary CC and Norwalk.
Port Clinton 55, Danbury 28
Port Clinton made easy work of their Ottawa County rival Danbury last week, defeating the Lakers, 55-28.
The 'Skins went to work early, outscoring Danbury (0-2, 0-1 TAAC) 22-3 in the first quarter and 13-8 in the second to grab a 35-11 lead at halftime. A balanced scoring attack led Port Clinton as Colston scored 14 points and Thorbahn and Maddie Burns finished with 10 points apiece. Kristen Wood also contributed eight points.
Danbury got eight points apiece from Tori Wright and Megan Stephens.
Port Clinton 62, Sandusky 49
Port Clinton beat Sandusky in convincing fashion, defeating the Blue Streaks, 62-49, in a game that saw them lead by as many as 23 points.
Thorbahn had her best game of the season as she led all scorers with 20 points and Colston chipped in with 17. Sophomore Emily Ashley had her best game of the season, scoring 12 points.
Aschelle Smith-Crager led Sandusky (0-3, 0-1 NOL) with 11 points and Dorresha Green contributed nine points.
Port Clinton 56, Woodmore 26
The 'Skins opened their season with a resounding defeat of Woodmore, defeating the Wildcats, 56-26.
Port Clinton steadily built its lead, outscoring Woodmore, 9-6, in the first quarter and 13-9 in the second quarter to lead 22-15 at the half. From there, the 'Skins outscored the Wildcats (1-2, 0-1 NBC), 34-11, in the second half to cruise to victory.
Grace Wierich led Woodmore with eight points.