The Port Clinton girls got off to an extremely sluggish start.
But the Redskins shifted gears in the second and drove past Perkins, 48-30, in Sandusky Bay Conference play Friday night.
“After that first quarter, I think we got back to getting the ball into the post and inside,” said Port Clinton coach Toby Bickel. “We got to the free throw line some and finished inside, but that’s our strength.
“I’ll come into this gym on a night like this and take a win any day of the week.”
The Redskins (13-3, 8-2) hit just one of 11 shots from the field and fell behind by an 8-4 margin in the first eight minutes, but reeled off the first eight points of the second quarter to take the lead for good.
Sophomore Haylee Darr, making her first varsity start, pumped in seven of her team-high 17 points over the final four minutes of the half to keep the Pirates (6-9, 6-4) close, 21-17, at halftime.
“I thought Haylee did some good things for us,” said Perkins coach Ray Neill. “There are some things at the defensive end that she’s got to work on, but we’re struggling to score, so hopefully we found some help.”
Those scoring woes were on display in the third quarter. Port Clinton pulled out to a 27-19 lead and followed a Darr three with the next 14 points to put the game out of reach.
“We were doing some good things in the first half and probably moved the ball as good as we have all year,” Neill said. “We were finding the open girl and knocking down some open shots.
“Being down by 12 going into the fourth quarter against that team is not bad. Our objective was to cut that in half in the first four minutes, but they won the first four minutes.”
Tiffany Colston had 17 points and nine rebounds to lead Port Clinton. Hope Thorbahn was a perfect 9 for 9 at the line to finish with 14 points and Emily Ashley chipped in 13 and seven boards.
“I thought the Perkins kids played hard and are much improved over the first time we played them,” Bickel said. “But we spent the first half shooting in place, or at least it seemed like it.
“I think more than anything, we finally started putting people in the right spots against what they were doing. Once we figured out the different things they were doing, we got people in the right spots, which made a big difference.”
Abby Dresser scored six points and Haylee Darr added five for the Pirates in a 27-24 junior varsity victory. Adrianna Hall had a game-high 10 points for Port Clinton with Sydney Alexander adding eight.