That wasn’t the case for Norwalk Tuesday night.
The Lady Truckers played inspired basketball during the first and fourth quarters with enough aggression to overcome a sluggish 16 minutes of basketball during the middle stretch of a non-conference matchup at Perkins.
Norwalk (9-7) won, 47-44.
“We finally got a game above .500 last week and we felt this was a big game to kind of see where we are at,” Lady Truckers coach Brock Manlet said. “The girls just bought in to what we were doing defensively. I don't think we played great offensively, but we got enough stops defensively to win the game, so that was huge for us.”
Norwalk went on a 12-5 run to open the game, shooting 61 percent from the field in the first quarter to grab a 17-10 lead.
Perkins switched to a 1-3-1 zone that flustered the Norwalk guards and led to a 8-0 run by the Pirates to start the second quarter.
Perkins outscored the Truckers 17-7 in the second, and had a 27-24 lead at halftime.
The Pirates and Truckers played pretty evenly in the third quarter, but Norwalk couldn't grab the lead and trailed by two points heading into the final quarter of play.
The Lady Truckers came out in the fourth inspired and aggressive.
Jocelyn Thomas scored eight of her 16 points in the fourth quarter.
Sydnie Fetherolf hit her first free throw and missed the second, putting the Truckers up 45-43.
The Pirates grabbed the rebound and drove down the court. Abbey Seeholzer was fouled on a drive and made the second of her two free throws to pull within one point.
Fetherolf was fouled again and drained both of her free throws with seven seconds left.
The Pirates had chance to get off a 3-pointer to tie the game, but couldn't make anything happen.
Ana Burrows finished with a game-high 17 points.
Read more in Wednesday's Norwalk Reflector and Sandusky Register.