Norwalk tops Huron for fifth straight win

Truckers move to 8-4 on season.
Sarah Baker
Jan 15, 2014

After a low-scoring first quarter on both sides, Norwalk outscored Huron 14-4 in the second quarter and held on, en route to a 36-24 non-conference win Tuesday at Huron High School.

The Truckers (8-4), who posted their fifth-straight win, got on the board first off a layup from Sydnie Fetherolf eight seconds into the game. Huron (6-7) responded to tie things up a minute later as Ashley Myers scored off a jumper.

Norwalk pulled back ahead 2:30 later for good, as the Truckers found Kailee Flowers under the basket.

"It was an ugly game," Norwalk coach Brock Manlet said. "I don't know, we were just out of sync offensively. For whatever reason, we couldn't get into a flow and it made it tough for us to score. 

"Got to give our defense credit, we held them to in the 20s. That gave us an opportunity to win and obviously we were able to do that," he added. "I was proud with the effort defensively, but we got to clean some things up offensively."

Norwalk added back-to-back buckets from Fetherolf and Flowers to go up 8-2 with 1:30 left in the quarter, but Jessica Carroll scored a last-second basket to cut the deficit to four points headed into the second.

The Truckers put together a 5-0 run to start the second, as Jiselle Thomas put away a layup, then Flowers sunk a three-pointer, to take a 13-4 lead.

The Tigers were held to just four points in the quarter, and all came from the charity stripe.

Myers connected on both of her freebies midway through the quarter to pull the Tigers back within seven points, but Huron couldn't stop Norwalk from adding to its lead.

Alicia Lortcher put away a jumper, Thomas added a three-pointer and Adrianna Rodriguez added a perfect performance at the line to give the Truckers a 20-6 lead with just under one minute left in the quarter.

Audra Wisehart went to the line with under a minute to go in the half and sunk both to bring the score to 20-8, but Fetherolf came back to give the Truckers a 22-8 halftime lead.

"We didn't come out and play hard the first half," Huron coach Dino Caporini said. "If we'd have played any kind of ball like we did in the second half, we'd have been in the game."

The third quarter went back and forth, with both teams just managing to put up six points.

The Tigers' Sarah Schoelwer scored first, but Flowers came back with a jumper one minute later.

Then, Morgan Welborn put up a basket for Huron, and Morgan Turner answered for the Truckers.

Huron's Jamie Borger scored midway through the quarter for Huron, then Thomas added a last minute basket to keep the Truckers ahead by 14 at the end of three.

Neither team was able to convert a free throw in the quarter, as Huron left five on the floor and Norwalk left two.

"Free throws, we were 10-of-19, we had probably not one of our better free throw shooters shooting the ball, but at least she was attacking the basket, which we didn't do in the first half," Caporini said. "We outscored them 16-14 in the second half, if we'd have made half our free throws, it would've been a closer game.

"They're a good team though, they've been beating some pretty good teams," he added. "I'm not disappointed with our effort second half, I was disappointed with our physical intensity in the first half."

Huron outscored Norwalk 10-8 in the fourth, but it wasn't enough to make up for the first half.

"The key was we limited their probably two top scorers, Wisehart and Myers," Manlet said. "We limited them to nine points combined and that was our plan coming in. If we let them score, we were going to have a hard time, and we did a nice job on those two. I thought Quinn Walton and Mallory Gregory came in and gave us nice minutes and they sparked us there in the second half. I'm proud of the girls for gutting it out. It wasn't the prettiest thing, but we found a way to win."

Flowers and Fetherolf led Norwalk with nine points each, while Thomas added seven.

Myers had five points for Huron, while Wisehart, Borger, Shoelwer and Carroll each added four.

"I've got good kids, they've been working hard, we just have a hard time scoring the ball," Caporini said. "A lot of that is on the offensive end — if you have good athletes, good athletes can play good defense, but it takes good basketball players to play good offense. You've got to have kids that dedicate themselves to make themselves better all the time.

"I got a good bunch," he added. "I got a pretty good nucleus I think, we're 6-7 right now, we could just as easily be probably 10-3 if we'd have had a couple of those close games early in the season, where if we'd have been ready, we've have been a lot better."

Norwalk returns to action Thursday as it hosts Tiffin Columbian, while the Tigers face Oak Harbor on Saturday.