Lady Truckers win sixth straight

Norwalk gains another NOL victory.
Cary Ashby
Jan 17, 2014

The Norwalk Lady Truckers made it six wins in a row Thursday as they downed the Tiffin Columbian Lady Tornadoes in a home Northern Ohio League basketball game, 51-32.

The first quarter started with an 11-0 run by Norwalk.

Senior Kailee Flowers ended the period with a three-pointer to make it 13-4.

“We shot the ball well; that always helps. I thought we played good defense,” coach Brock Manlet said about the start of the game.

The Lady Truckers, with the win, improved to 9-4 overall and 5-1 in the NOL.

Columbian went to 1-12 for the season and have yet to gain an NOL victory in seven games.

In the second quarter, the Lady Tornadoes outscored the home team 14-13.

However, Norwalk went into halftime with a 26-18 lead.

Columbian attempted to make a game out of it in the third quarter.

The Lady Tornadoes narrowed their opponents’ lead to 30-24 with 5:29 left in the period.

Manlet said Norwalk didn’t playing well defensively and his team wasn’t getting the proper assignments during that stretch.

“Once we got stops, we were able to get in transition,” he said. “We needed to get the right people in there.”

Once the Lady Truckers got their proper assignments, Manlet said the game started “busting loose.”

“We’re best when we attack and we’re aggressive,” he added.

Aggressiveness was the name of the game for most of the second half as the Lady Truckers ended the third quarter leading 43-28.

Senior Alicia Lortcher was the leading scorer, going 8-of-11 from the floor for 17 points. She also had three rebounds and two steals.

“She’s a competitor. She comes from a wonderful volleyball program. She brings that mentality,” Manlet said.

“Nothing bothers her; she stays cool. When she’s open, she knocks shots down,” he added.

Freshman Jiselle Thomas made 5-of-8 field goals for 11 points. She also had three rebounds and two steals.

At halftime, Manlet said he told Thomas she wasn’t driving to the basket enough, but once she did, it turned the tide.

“That opened up everything for us. She started to attack in the second half,” he said.

One of Manlet’s goals was to keep Columbian junior Valesha Province to less than 15 points.

Thanks to tight defense from Norwalk senior Sydnie Fetherolf, Province didn’t have many open looks at the basket. She missed all four of her field-goal attempts and went 7-of-8 from the free-throw line.

“I think Syd is the best defender in the NOL. … She’s long and lanky. It’s tough to get shot off her,” Manlet said. “To keep her (Province) to seven points is a feat. She averages 25 points a game.”

Junior Laura Heminger led the way for Columbian with 13 points.
In jayvee action, the Lady Tornadoes were victorious 31-18.

Columbian held Norwalk to six points in the first half.

The Lady Truckers outscored the Lady Tornadoes in the final quarter, 9-8, but it wasn’t enough for a win.

Norwalk freshman Eboni Barbee paced her team with six points.

The Lady Truckers go to Sandusky for another NOL match-up Saturday.