Strong defense lifts Norwalk past Perkins

Lady Truckers break two-game losing streak.
Mike Greco
Dec 6, 2013

The Norwalk Lady Truckers opened the season with a win on Nov. 22.

It’s been nearly two weeks in the young season for another one.

Norwalk broke a two-game losing streak on Thursday, topping the Perkins Pirates 41-21 at NHS.

The Lady Truckers (2-2) limited Perkins to single-digit scoring in each of the four quarters to help nail down the win.

“I was proud the way that they responded,’’ Norwalk coach Brock Manlet said. “We were focused defensively.’’

Perkins fell to 2-1 on the season.

The Lady Truckers led 10-7 after the first quarter.

Norwalk was up 8-0 at one time, before Hallee Smith tallied four points to cut the deficit in half.

A three-pointer by Smith closed the gap to three entering the second quarter.

However, Norwalk outscored the visitors 11-2 in the first part of the second period, led by two threes from Kailee Flowers.

The Lady Truckers took a 27-14 halftime lead on a bucket from Jiselle Thomas.

Scoring was slow in the second half.

It took more than four minutes for either team to find the bottom of the net.

Morgan Turner’s rebound hoop extended the Lady Trucker lead to 29-14 with 3:45 left in the third.

Norwalk ended up winning the quarter, 8-5.

The Lady Truckers scored six points in the final quarter.

Perkins’ lone points was a basket from Kasi Didion with less than 10 seconds left in the contest.

“The first three games, we haven’t done much man-to-man,’’ Manlet said. “It’s something we felt comfortable with and the hard work paid off.’’

Flowers led the Lady Truckers with 12 points — all in the first half.

Alicia Lortcher and Thomas added eight points apiece.

Norwalk shot 19-of-52 from the field and 1-of-6 from the free-throw line with 22 rebounds and 13 turnovers.

“We need to improve offensively take better care of the ball,’’ Manlet said. “It’s something we’ll work on.’’

Turner pulled down seven boards.

The Pirates were 17-of-37 from the field and 4-of-7 from the charity stripe with 18 rebounds and 19 turnovers.

Smith had seven points, followed by Ariana Burrows and Emily Wagner at five each.

“Norwalk just took it to us,’’ Perkins coach Ray Neill said. “They outcoached us, outplayed us. We’ll see what we’re made of.’’