BY YANEEK SMITH
HURON — Despite losing the game, Oak Harbor had a special moment when Ryann Steinbrick scored her 1,000th career point.
She scored 18 points in the 68-50 loss to Huron, leaving her with exactly 1,000 points for her career. It’s an incredible accomplishment for someone who only played three years of varsity basketball. Steinbrick is the seventh Rocket to reach the plateau.
“It’s special any time to be an individual and score 1,000 points. She’s had an extra special career. Getting to see her behind-the-scenes and see what she’s had to do has been special,” said Oak Harbor coach Adam Steinbrick, who is also Ryann’s father. “She had a wonderful freshman year and it was devastating when she blew her knee out in volleyball and missed the whole basketball season.
“But she bounced back, and it’s a tremendous life lesson. If you’re willing to pay the price and work through it and work through the obstacles, you can accomplish great things.”
Ryann Steinbrick talked about achieving the mark.
“I felt good once I hit it, I didn’t end up scoring after that. It was a relief because I’d been thinking about it,” she said. “There’s definitely been some struggles that I’ve had to get over, but overall, I guess it’s worked out in the end. I’m glad it worked out the way it did.”
Huron (13-5, 6-2 Sandusky Bay Conference Bay Division) led 14-11 after the first quarter but outscored the Rockets (7-11, 3-5) 43-31 in the middle two quarters to take a 57-42 lead.
Ava Winnestaffer scored 15 points to lead the Tigers.
Middle two quarters doom Rocket boys in loss to Bellevue
BELLEVUE — Bellevue outscored Oak Harbor by 16 points in the middle two quarters to win, 50-39. The Redmen (10-8) won their third straight game behind 15 points from Ryan Mohr and 10 points from Deegan Horn.
“We definitely struggled to score the basketball and ended up with 39 points. We talked about their length and physicality and we had to be able to handle that,” said Oak Harbor coach Eric Sweet.
Five Redmen scored at least seven points.
“That’s something we talked about. Their starting five is a nice group of kids,” said Sweet. “We knew we couldn’t just key on one guy, so there’s no room for mistakes. We lost a couple rotations and gave them some easy buckets.”
T.J. Hallett led the Rockets with 20 points.
“For him to get 20 is a testament to his toughness,” said Sweet. “He’s facing double teams and face guards, he’s done extremely well for us this year. His ability to get us 20 carried us in the game.”