BY YANEEK SMITH
WILLARD — Oak Harbor found out the hard way just how good Mansfield Senior is, losing, 56-32, in a Division II sectional basketball semifinal. The Rockets finish their season 7-15.
The Tygers held a 12-10 lead after the first quarter and a 27-21 advantage at halftime before pulling away in the second half. Senior outscored Oak Harbor 29-11 in the final two quarters.
“They were really athletic, out-rebounded us, and that hurt us,” said Oak Harbor coach Adam Steinbrick. “We knew their athleticism and being able to match up with them and rebounding would be a big part of the game.
“They have a pretty good defense and did a good job of taking our strengths away. We were unable to capitalize in other areas. They had a good defensive game plan.”
It was the final game for three Rocket seniors. Ryann Steinbrick scored 13 points in her final game. The other seniors are her twin sister, Riley, and Katie May.
“They’ve meant everything, it’s been a pleasure to coach them. Katie, I’ve been around her for a long time; she’s played with my daughters since eighth grade. I’ve always thought the world of her,” said Adam Steinbrick. “I’ve been with the twins for a long time. People have walked up to me and said, ‘Are you the twins’ dad?’ It’s been an honor to answer that question.
“Those three girls are going to move on and do great things.”
Perkins 72, Port Clinton 29
BUCYRUS — The Perkins Pirates are one of the best Ohio teams, and they showed their prowess by defeating Port Clinton, 72-29, in a Division II sectional semifinal.
The Pirates (16-6) jumped out to a 21-2 lead after one quarter and after holding off a Redskin rally cruised to victory. Perkins led 34-16 at halftime and outscored Port Clinton (8-14) 38-13 in the second half.
“Some of their depth and athleticism gave us problems. I think it was 21-2, and I was proud of the girls to battle back in the second quarter and cut the deficit to 11,” said Port Clinton coach Kevin Belden. “It would’ve been easy to hang it up. They have some good athletes and they can come at you in waves.”
Perkins had 11 players score at least a point. Kate Ulery led the Pirates with 13 points, Kendall Zeiher scored 12 points and Chay Chambers finished with 11.
Port Clinton guard Da’Cariya Lanier had 18 points to lead all scorers.
“I told them that I was very proud of them for their efforts. We’ve had our fourth straight season of improving our win total,” said Port Clinton coach Kevin Belden. “We’re moving this thing in the right direction. We had a lot of close, competitive games.”
It was the final game for three Redskin seniors — Kennedy Adkins, Brooke Martinez and Marcella Brenner.
“Our seniors are great leaders and great ladies. It has truly been remarkable what they’ve done,” said Belden. “Our younger girls, we’ve been happy with some of their growth. There are spots open. The JV team got 10 wins, and we have four or five freshmen coming up that we really like.”
Danbury 62, Crestline 22
SHELBY — Danbury’s dominance in this game was never in doubt as it defeated Crestline, 62-22, in a Division IV sectional semifinal. The Lakers (16-6) led 15-6 after the first quarter and 42-11 at halftime.
“Our girls came out and played hard from the beginning to the end,” said Danbury coach Dick Heller. “It was a great team effort.”
Lia Brown had a team-high 13 points and Kelly Uhinck chipped in with 10.
The Bulldogs got a game-high 20 points from Kennedi Sipes.