Few teams in the state of Ohio will find a bigger challenge then what awaited the Edison girls’ basketball team to close the regular season.
Minus starter Brianna Pittenger on Tuesday, the Chargers went to Bellevue (No. 13, Div. II) and lost 66-30 while facing one of the top sophomores in the state in Carly Santoro.
Thursday night, the Chargers were down a second starter, Karyn Schmidt, and went on the road to face unbeaten Clyde (No. 1, Div. II) while facing one of the top juniors in the state in Amanda Cahill.
The end result, as expected, was a rough 77-34 loss to the host Fliers, who put the cap on a perfect regular season at 22-0 as Sandusky Bay Conference and Associated Press poll champions.
The Fliers wasted little time taking the drama out of the game. Leading 9-8, Clyde closed the quarter on a 19-6 scoring run to open up a 28-14 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Four different starters scored in the run for Clyde.
After Nikki Mollohan brought the Chargers to within 30-18 with 5:50 left in the half, the Fliers exploded to put things out of reach for good.
Makaylin Lozer answered Mollohan's basket with a 3-pointer, and off a steal Hannah Wadsworth scored and Amanda Cahill was fouled and sank both free throws. Suddenly, one minute after being down 12, Edison was starting at a 37-18 deficit, which eventually grew to 44-18 late in the half to complete a 14-0 run for the host Fliers.
The Fliers are 70-3 overall since the 2010-11 season, have won 47 straight SBC games and 66 of the last 67 regular season games.
“It was a good way to end the season,” coach John Cahill said. “I was happy with how we played. We didn't come out and defend well very early, but I thought after that we did things well. We got to play a lot of kids."
Amanda Cahill scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds before sitting the final 10 minutes of the game.
For Edison (7-15, 5-9), Ciara Reed scored 11 points.
Read more in Friday's Sandusky Register and Norwalk Reflector.