Oak Harbor boys, girls suffer tough losses

    Rockets boys lose to Huron

Huron controlled the game throughout, jumping out to a 16-4 lead after one quarter before cruising to a 62-38 win over Oak Harbor.
    The Tigers took a 37-21 lead into the half before putting it away with a 16-8 advantage in the fourth quarter.
    Huron forward Aaron Driftmeyer led all scorers with 17 points and Colin McCready chipped in with 11.
    Oak Harbor got 13 points from A.J. Cecil and Andy Rathbun finished with 10.
    The Rockets travel to Clyde on Friday and face Perkins on Tuesday.

    Rockets girls lose to Clyde

    Trailing 31-24 early in the third quarter, the Oak Harbor Rockets were in position to make a game of it against the undefeated Clyde Fliers.
    But, as great teams do, the Fliers put the game away by outscoring the Rockets, 27-13, during the rest of the quarter and 17-7 in the final period to defeat Oak Harbor, 75-44, on Friday at home.
    Led by Amanda Cahill and Lexi Weber, who scored seven points apiece in the third quarter, Clyde took over the game in the third period to win its 18th game of the season. Cahill finished with 22 points for the game and Kelsey Michaels helped pace the Fliers with 21 in the victory.
    With the win, the Fliers improve to 18-0 overall and 11-0 in the Sandusky Bay Conference. Oak Harbor, meanwhile, falls to 9-6 and 6-5 in the league.
    "Kelsey was a key inside, doing some dirty work, and those are things we need," said Clyde head coach John Cahill. "Amanda was Amanda and we got past a pretty good basketball team in a game that was closer than the score indicated. It was a pretty competitive game."
    Breanna Michaels scored nine points and Weber and Makaylin Lozier finished with seven and six, respectively.
    "We got good play out of a lot of kids," Coach Cahill said. "The deeper we are, the better we are."
    The Rockets, who trailed 17-6 after one quarter and 31-21 at halftime, were able to cut the deficit to 31-24 on a three-pointer by Maria Boers early in the third quarter. At that point, Oak Harbor, which had not played very well until that point, had to feel pretty good about how things were going. That is, until Amanda Cahill, Kelsey Michaels and Weber took over.
    "We talked about how we weren't playing very well and how we weren't executing (at halftime)," Amanda Cahill said. "We came out in the second half and played better as a team. Oak Harbor's a really good team and we knew they would fight back."
    Oak Harbor point guard Makayla Carpenter led the Rockets with 16 points, Andrea Cecil finished with 12 and Boers chipped in with 11.
    "We pulled it to seven at the start of the third quarter," said Oak Harbor assistant coach John Kontack, "and I think we looked up and said, 'Wow, we're in this game.' You've got to give credit to Coach Cahill, Amanda Cahill and Kelsey Michaels. We felt that we didn't play very well in the first half and we're down 10 (at halftime) and we hit a three to get within seven. You're right there in it, and Clyde scored in bunches and that's where you get hurt. Amanda Cahill did a nice job of running their press."
    The Rockets resume action on Tuesday when they travel to Genoa and Clyde host Port Clinton next Saturday.

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