BY YANEEK SMITH
Thorbahn triggers defense, trips up Eagles, 64-53
PORT CLINTON — Isaac Roeder scored a game-high 27 points for Monroeville, but he was shut down when it mattered most by Adam Thorbahn as Port Clinton won its matchup with the Eagles, 64-53.
Roeder scored his 24th point on the second of two free throws with just under three minutes remaining in the third quarter, but was held without a basket for the next 10:03.
Roeder’s free throws tied the game at 39, but the Redskins went on an 11-0 run to take control of the game.
Port Clinton (11-6) coach Ryan Hicks talked about Thorbahn’s defensive effort.
“Adam definitely put a little more length on Roeder and made it a little more difficult,” Hicks said. “I don’t think Josh Hurst did a bad job (in the first half), but Adam had more length.”
It was a great defensive effort by not just Thorbahn, but the entire team. The ‘Skins outscored the Eagles 35-28 in the second half.
“I think just getting consecutive stops, shutting down Roeder for an extended
period of time was the key. I don’t think he scored for 10 minutes,” said Hicks. “Having our defense step up like that and being able to knock some shots in was huge. Everyone was doing little things here and there.
Thorbahn led Port Clinton with 20 points, including three 3-pointers, Brayden Spencer and Jackson Beasley finished with 13 points apiece and Tyler Webb scored 12.
Jimmy Clingman scored 17 points, including five 3-pointers, for the Eagles (15-3).
“Teams want to come in and try and take away Adam and Tyler, which means that you have to help more and pay attention less to our other guys,” Hicks said. “Those other guys deserve a lot of credit and putting points up on the board.”
Monroeville took an early 6-0 lead but the game was tied at 13 after the first quarter. The ‘Skins led 29-25 at halftime.
Redskin girls fall to Margaretta
PORT CLINTON — Port Clinton ran into a buzzsaw and fell to Margaretta 59-22 as the Lady Bears clinched the Sandusky Bay Conference Bay Division title.
Kylie Leibacher scored 22 points to lead all scorers and seven of her teammates scored in the game.
“They can hurt you in so many different ways and have so many options to score the basketball,” said Port Clinton coach Kevin Belden. “They just have so many weapons of moving the basketball and sharing the basketball.”
Da’Cariya Lanier had another great game for the Redskins, scoring a team-high 15 points.
“She’s definitely playing pretty well,” said Belden. “She always rises to the challenge when playing a good opponent. She got off to a great start. She had a lot of deflections and steals.
“These girls have played so hard all year. I’ve been impressed by their effort and attitude. They continue to compete and work hard.”
Port Clinton is 7-12 and 4-5 in the Bay Division and has two more games before the tournament starts.
“I just want to see some consistency on the offensive end, we struggle at times to put the ball in the basket,” said Belden. “Playing three games in four nights will certainly present some challenges. It’s been a long time since we’ve won five SBC games.”
Margaretta led 17-11 and 29-15 at halftime. The Lady Bears held the ‘Skins to just 11 points in the final three quarters.
Stout defense effort keys blowout win for Danbury
DANBURY TWP. — Danbury played its best game of the season, scoring 56 points and holding St. Mary Central Catholic to just 13 points in a 56-13 win.
The Lakers, who improved to 13-5 and 8-5 in the Sandusky Bay Conference River Division, jumped out to a 15-5 lead after the first quarter and 36-7 at halftime.
“We were a little worried due to having three days of no practice,” said Danbury coach Dick Heller. “But the girls came in and picked up where they left off. They really played hard.”
Kamil Stephens and Maria Maringer both scored 11 points and Kelly Uhinck finished with 10. Nine Lakers finished with at least two points.