BY YANEEK SMITH
‘Skins rout Brookside by 25 points
PORT CLINTON — Port Clinton wasted little time in disposing of Sheffield Brookside, defeating the Cardinals, 54-29, in non-conference action. The Redskins (7-10) led 16-9 after the first quarter and outscored Brookside, 16-8, in the third quarter to push the lead to 51-19.
“We came out and were able to establish ourselves offensively and get some points and get out to a lead. I think that helped everyone relax,” said Port Clinton coach Kevin Belden.
Da’Cariya Lanier led all scorers with 22 points and Brooke Martinez chipped in with eight points, including two 3-pointers.
“We had three games this week, and we asked a lot of (Lanier),” said Belden. “She was being pressured, box-and-oned. She had a pretty solid week against two pretty good teams in Clyde and Huron and a Brookside team that has some pretty good athletes.”
Huron 44, Port Clinton 39
PORT CLINTON — Port Clinton lost a heartbreaker, falling to Huron, 44-39, in a battle for second place in the Sandusky Bay Conference Bay Division. The Redskins had a chance late in the game but fell short after outscoring the Tigers, 10-7, in the final eight minutes.
Da’Cariya Lanier led all scorers with 22 points and Claudia Gillum chipped in with nine.
“It was a very competitive game, a very fun game,” said Port Clinton coach Kevin Belden. “We were playing for second place in the league. Huron had the lead for most of the game, but we gave ourselves a chance and we had a chance to take the lead with about one minute to play.”
Redskin boys fall to Eastwood in nail-biter
PEMBERVILLE — It was a back-and-forth affair between Port Clinton and Eastwood, and the Eagles held off the Redskins for a 58-54 win.
Eastwood (12-3) led 15-12 after the first quarter and 30-28 at halftime.
“They’re really good, really talented. They are 12-3 and it came down to the last two minutes and one or two possessions here or there,” said Port Clinton coach Ryan Hicks. “If the ball bounces our way a few times, we probably win the game.”
Tyler Webb had a team-high 16 points, the only Redskin to score in double figures.
“Tyler was fantastic again all week. I think he had five 3s,” said Hicks. “Eastwood has some good guards, and some good size. He was huge for us making shots, doing things like assists and other things, also.”
Willard 58, Port Clinton 50
PORT CLINTON — With Port Clinton holding a good lead with a chance to break open the game, Willard answered with a third-quarter run that changed the course of the game and rallied to defeat the Redskins, 58-51.
Port Clinton led 31-22 at halftime but the Crimson Flashes outscored the ‘Skins, 19-6, in the third quarter and 17-13 in the fourth.
“I think we went from being up nine to being down one. The third quarter and the second half hurt us,” said Port Clinton coach Ryan Hicks. “Willard is a good team and has some good players and is well coached Even though we lost by nine, we had some possessions where if we could’ve made some shots, we could’ve been looking at a tie game. Once again, it was us playing a good team tight and coming up a little short.”
Tyler Webb scored 18 points and Josh Hurst added 13.
Rockets lose heartbreaker to Perkins
PERKINS TWP. — With about 20 seconds remaining, Perkins guard Jayden Rowe intercepted a pass and scored a layup to give the Pirates (4-10) the lead for good in a 46-44 win over Oak Harbor.
Perkins trailed 24-18 at halftime but cut the deficit to 35-32 after three quarters.
“We knew it would be a grind, going into Perkins. If you look at Perkins’ record, people would say they only have four wins, but they play at the top of the conference,” said Oak Harbor coach Eric Sweet. “I wasn’t prepared to only have 44 points. Defensively, we missed some rebounds, but ultimately, we’ve got to be better. Offensively, we struggled a little bit with some stuff.”
Ethan Stokes had a game-high 15 points to lead the Rockets (9-8), but the Pirates did a good job of holding star guard T.J. Hallett in check as he scored 10 points.
“It was a little bit of them, a little bit of us (on T.J.). They had two players that were pretty good. They had length and size to put on him. He missed some shots that he has been making,” said Sweet. “They were deep 3s, but he’s been making them for much of the season. Some of that is Perkins’ defense, and some of that is T.J. missing on his looks.”
Oak Harbor 57, St. Mary CC 47
OAK HARBOR — Oak Harbor broke open a close game with a fourth-quarter run to defeat old Sandusky Bay Conference foe St. Mary Central Catholic, 57-47.
The Rockets led 15-14 after one quarter and 28-26 at halftime. Holding a 40-36 lead after three quarter, Oak Harbor put the game away by outscoring the Panthers (5-12) 17-11 in the final eight minutes.
“That game, we definitely were able to embrace the grind of games, nothing is going to come easy,” said Oak Harbor coach Eric Sweet. “The fourth quarter, we got some shots going and got some shots to fall and were able to make the shots when we needed to.”
T.J. Hallett led all scorers with 22 points and Keegan Durdel scored nine points.
Lakers defeat Old Fort in biggest win of the season
DANBURY TWP. — Danbury has been coming on as of late, and the Lakers reached the summit after defeating Old Fort, 43-32.
It was the biggest win in years for Danbury, which is 12-5 and 7-5 in the Sandusky Bay Conference River Division. The Stockaders, one of the area’s top teams, is 14-3 and 11-1 in the conference.
It wasn’t a very competitive game as the Lakers led 16-9 after one quarter and 24-15 at halftime.
Danbury won because of its defense, holding Old Fort to just 8-of-39 shooting for 21%
“We played really well as a team,” said Danbury coach Dick Heller. “They stuck to our game plan and as a result, we were able to get the win. Old Fort is a quality team and it was a tough battle.”
Laker boys defeat New Riegel
DANBURY TWP. — Bradley Murray scored 17 points to lead all scorers as Danbury rallied to defeat New Riegel, 46-43.
The Lakers outscored the Blue Jackets, 18-11, in the final quarter to improve to 7-10 and 4-8 in the Sandusky Bay Conference River Division.
New Riegel led 17-8 after one quarter and 21-14 at halftime.
Blake Barker chipped in with 11 points while Reese Goshe had 12 for New Riegel.