Port Clinton girls defeat Huron
BY YANEEK SMITH, BEACON CONTRIBUTOR
PORT CLINTON — Port Clinton got its first victory of the year, defeating Huron, 44-38 in Sandusky Bay Conference Bay Division action.
The Redskins (1-6, 1-2 SBC Bay) led, 16-12, after the first quarter and outscored the Tigers, 10-2, in the second to take a 26-14 lead into the half. Huron put forth a good effort in the second half but was unable to complete the comeback.
Port Clinton connected on six 3-pointers, led by Carli Laurel, who mad three. Laurel led all scorers with 16 points and teammate Olivia Jackson chipped in with 11.
Huron’s Rae Roldan had a team-high 11 points and Madison Belden scored 10.
Norwalk 41, Port Clinton 30
Port Clinton led early, but Norwalk slowly took control before defeating the Redskins, 41-30, in non-conference action.
Port Clinton led, 12-11, after the first quarter before the Truckers outscored the ‘Skins, 18-9, in the second quarter to take the lead for good at 29-21 at halftime.
Norwalk’s Elena Barber led all scorers with 18 points while Maria Gluth scored 11 points to lead Port Clinton.
PC boys fall to Bellevue, 49-39
Port Clinton (1-4) put up a valiant effort but was unable to complete its comeback in a 49-39 loss to Bellevue in non-conference action.
The Redmen (3-2) steadily built its lead, going ahead, 12-7, after the first quarter and 22-14 at halftime. But the third quarter is where Bellevue put the game away, outscoring the Redskins, 17-5, to take a 39-19 lead heading into the fourth.
“We are having trouble scoring. Our high game this season is 48. We’ve been in the 40s every game except one. We’ve got to find a way to score,” said Port Clinton coach Von Graffin. “Bellevue has a really nice player in Trey Ruhlman. We let him get catches, he got three catches to start the game and the game plan was to slow him.”
Bellevue’s Trey Ruhlman led all scorers with 20 points while teammate Caleb Marshall chipped in with 11. Cooper Stine led Port Clinton with seven points.
Willard 73, Port Clinton 34
Willard outscored Port Clinton by 20 points in the first quarter and never looked back, defeating the Redskins, 73-34.
“Willard is a very nice team,” said Port Clinton coach Von Graffin. “They’re balanced, they’re dangerous and they’ve got a lot of scorers. We were not competitive (in the game). We let them get some offensive rebounds and we didn’t get back. It was atypical of our kids. We rebound, we compete.”
The Crimson Flashes (3-1, 1-0 SBC Bay) increased their lead to 43-9 at halftime and outscored Port Clinton, 30-25, in the second half.
Willard, which had four players score in double figures, was led by Brevon Polachek and Davon Triplett, who scored 15 points apiece. The ‘Skins got eight points from Lucas Kyle.
“I want to continue to compete. I thought Eastwood was a nice win,” said Graffin. “We had a great game plan against Bellevue, we’ve just got to find a way to win. We’re searching for guys who can score. We’ve got a lot of guys that can defend.”