WILLARD — Willard was strong in the middle two quarters of Tuesday’s Northern Ohio League girls’ basketball team.
The Lady Flashes outscored Norwalk 27-12 in the second and third quarters, en route to the 42-36 win.
Willard improved to 15-2 overall, 8-1 in the league, while the Lady Truckers fell to 12-6 and 7-3.
The Lady Flashes and Bellevue are tied for first in the NOL and will play Saturday at Bellevue.
“It was a championship type game,’’ Lady Flashes coach Jon Dawson said of Tuesday’s game. “Both teams gave it their all.’’
Norwalk rallied in the fourth quarter with a 17-6 advantage.
They drew to within 36-34 on two Alicia Lortcher free throws, but couldn’t get any closer.
Lortcher and Adrianna Rodriguez fouled out late in the fourth quarter.
“Norwalk always has a run in them,’’ Dawson said. “At the end of the game, we just didn’t take care of the ball.’’
The Lady Truckers led 7-6 after the first quarter, helped by a 5-0 run to end the period.
But Willard opened the second with a 14-2 run to take a 20-11 halftime advantage.
Hannah Schloemer scored the first four points and eight total during the run.
Free-throw shooting proved to be big for the Lady Flashes, as they converted 4-of-5 to Norwalk’s 2-of-9.
The Lady Flashes expanded on their lead with a 13-8 third-quarter advantage.
Maggie King led the way with six points.
Schloemer paced the Lady Flashes with 14 points.
Willard went 14-of-41 from the field and 12-of-21 from the free-throw line with 34r rebounds, 12 steals and 21 turnovers.
Hannah Adams collected 11 rebounds.
“ I thought we did a real good job defensively,’’ Dawson said.
Kailee Flowers and Sydnie Fetherolf each tossed in 10 points for the Lady Truckers, who have lost two straight after winning the previous nine in a row.
Norwalk went 12-of-47 from the field and 10-of-17 from the charity stripe with 27 rebounds, eight steals and 17 turnovers.
Jiselle Thomas led the rebounding with eight.
“It was a tough one,’’ Norwalk coach Brock Manlet said. “We didn’t shoot the ball well. I thought that was a carryover from the loss to Bellevue Saturday.’’
Still, Manlet was pleased with the fourth-quarter comeback of his team.
“I give credit to the girls,’’ he said. “Our kids fought hard in the second half and battled all the way back.’’
In the reserve game, Willard scored 18 points in the second quarter, en route to a 38-24 win.
Emily Stephens led the Lady Flashes with 16 points, including 10 in the first half.
Norwalk’s Caila Case had seven points.
Norwalk hosts Shelby Saturday.
Flowers 4-0-10, Lortcher 2-4-8, Fetherolf 3-4-10, Cook 0-2-2, Rodriguez 3-0-6. Totals: 12-10-36.
Adams 2-1-5, Thornton 1-0-2, Schloemer 4-6-14, Crawford 1-0-3, Maggie King 2-2-7, Feltner 3-1-7, CeCe King 1-2-4. Totals: 14-12-42.
Score by quarter
Norwalk 7 4 8 17 — 36
Willard 6 14 13 9 — 42