The Norwalk Lady Truckers ended their regular season with a 54-39 win over Huron Thursday at NHS.
Senior Hayley Souslin played her final home game at Norwalk.
The Lady Truckers finished the regular season 4-16.
Norwalk coach Marjoe Cooper praised Souslin for her toughness and remaining with the program through her senior season.
“She’s the only senior that really stuck this out,” Cooper said. “I’m really proud of her and her development.
“She’s had a solid season and should be commended for it and sticking with it, because it hasn’t been easy for her,’’ the coach added.
Souslin scored a bucket and a free throw Thursday against Huron.
Norwalk was led by the play of its interior post players off the bench, Jocelyn Thomas and Katie Gross. Both scored 17 points in the game.
The Lady Truckers led 18-14 after the first period, led by Thomas’ nine-point quarter. The Lady Truckers led 25-18 at halftime.
Huron went scoreless for the first three-and-a-half minutes to begin the third period, when Norwalk went on a 6-0 run to push the lead to 31-18.
Norwalk led 40-26 after three quarters, with Gross ending the period on a personal 5-0 run.
She had nine points for the quarter.
The Lady Truckers led by as much as 21 points in the fourth quarter, finishing with a 14-13 advantage to close the game.
Gross pulled down six boards to lead Norwalk.
The Lady Truckers edged Huron in rebounding 29-28.
“It’s been a while. The last couple weeks we’ve been close,” Cooper said. “We missed a lot of shots early but fought through.”
Cooper talked about what his team had to do versus Huron to be successful.
“I thought we had to get out and run,” the coach said. “We did that late especially in the second half, we got some good opportunities up and down the floor.”
Norwalk faces Bellevue in the second game Wednesday at the Division II sectional at Sandusky High School. The first game has Perkins and Edison tipping off at 6:15 p.m.
Cooper provided some thoughts about the tournament game.
“We got our hands full,” he said. “I told them we have to be the best team for 32 minutes on Wednesday.
“If our girls put this kind of effort together, I think we have a good chance,’’ he added.
Lauren Volz led Huron with 12 points, including three triples.
Allie Carroll added six points and a team-high eight rebounds.
“Norwalk came and played a lot harder than we did,” Huron coach Ty Ray said. “For whatever reason, we just didn’t show up to play tonight.
“Norwalk was able to get into the lane on us,” the coach said. “They used their quickness very well, got into the lane and made their layups.”
The Lady Truckers devastated Huron defensively, holding the Lady Tigers to 14-of-65 shooting from the field and forcing 21 turnovers.
“We got to find a way to score and make some shots,” Ray said. “We just gotta continue to work on shooting.”
Huron closes its regular season Saturday at Edison.
The Lady Truckers won the reserve game, 46-38, completing the sweep for Norwalk on the night.
Norwalk held Huron scoreless in the first quarter. Kailee Flowers scored 18 to lead the Lady Truckers.
Koehler 2-4-8, Butler 1-0-2, Carroll 3-0-6, Mayer 2-1-5, Volz 3-3-12. Totals: 14-8-39.
Schneider 1-0-2, Hayley Souslin 1-1-3, Obringer 1-0-2, Thomas 7-3-17, Fetherolf 3-1-7, Gross 6-5-17, Ziemke 2-2-6. Totals: 21-12-59.
Score by quarter
Huron 14 4 8 13 — 39
Norwalk 18 7 15 14 — 54
Stout 1-0-2, Dewey 3-0-8, Rathbun 3-3-9, Myers 3-1-8, Litten 0-1-1, Vacca 2-6-10. Totals: 12-11-38.
Osborn 0-4-4, Flowers 8-0-18, Moffit 3-0-6, Brown 2-0-4, Hannah Souslin 1-1-3, Kirk 3-1-7, Turner 2-0-4. Totals: 19-6-46.
Score by quarter
Huron 0 10 16 12 — 38
Norwalk 10 8 13 15 — 46