Port Clinton rallies past Norwalk

Late free throws help Redskins to win
Mike Greco
Dec 11, 2013

The Port Clinton Redskins found a way to win in Tuesday’s non-league girls’ basketball showdown against Norwalk at NHS.

Tiffany Colston’s two free throws with 8.6 seconds left capped a fourth-quarter rally, en route to a 45-44 win.

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The Redskins improved to 4-1, while the Lady Truckers dropped to 3-3 and had a two-game winning streak stopped.

“We’ll take a road win on a Tuesday night, but we have a long way to go,’’ Port Clinton coach Toby Bickel said. “Norwalk outplayed us the whole game. They took it to us.’’

The Redskins trailed 40-30 with 6:54 left in the game.

But they rallied back, helped by the free-throw line.

Colston and Hope Thorbahn each hit three-point plays.

Thorbahn’s two free throws cut the deficit to 44-43 with 1:16 left.

Colston then converted the game-winning free throws.

Port Clinton cashed in on 9-of-10 in the fourth quarter.

Meanwhile, Norwalk missed six straight from the line, including four in the final three seconds.

“It was a collective thing,’’ Lady Truckers coach Brock Manlet said. “We needed to stay aggressive and I’ll take the blame.’’

Port Clinton started strong and led 15-8 after the first quarter, paced by Colston’s seven points.

Kailee Flowers poured in seven of Norwalk’s eight points.

The Redskins extended the margin to 17-9 on two Emily Ashley free throws.

But Norwalk turned up the defensive pressure and cut the deficit to as low as 22-20 at the 1:58 mark on a Sydnie Fetherolf basket off a steal.

Port Clinton ended up with a 25-22 halftime margin.

The Lady Truckers, however, closed the third with a 9-0 run to lead 35-30 entering the fourth quarter.

They also started the fourth with a 5-0 run to take the 10-point lead, before Port Clinton started the rally.

“We started to press and got a couple of steals,’’ Bickel said. “We were finally able to get our half court and take it to the basket.’’

Colston scored seven points in the fourth quarter and had a game-high 21.

Thorbahn added 10 points.

Flowers paced Norwalk with 15 points, including two, threes.

Jiselle Thomas scored 10 points off the bench and Morgan Turner contributed eight.

“I’m so proud of the girls,’’ Manlet said. “Our defense was disruptive and we did what we wanted to do. We don’t have a superstar scorer. The more balanced we can be the better. We found each other.’’

For the game, the Redskins were 18-of-48 from the field and 6-of-16 from the line with 17 rebounds and 13 turnovers.

Port Clinton hit 12-of-33 from the field and 19-of-25 from the charity stripe in the final quarter.

The Redskins posted 21 rebounds and 19 turnovers.

Port Clinton made it a sweep on the night with a 45-22 reserve win.

Three players combined for 43 points, paced by Sydney Alexander’s 18 points.

Bethany Urban tallied 13 points and Adrianna Hall tossed in 11.

Carlie Coney had six points for Norwalk (2-4).

Both teams are slated to play Friday.

Port Clinton hosts Perkins in Sandusky Bay Conference action and Norwalk hosts Willard in Northern Ohio League play.

“I saw them play with confidence against a good team,’’ Manlet said. “I’m confident we’ll come back.’’