Hannah Weaver, Emily Ashley, Kennedy Gulas and Maddie Burris might be the most important names for Port Clinton’s girls varsity basketball team.
Hope Thorbahn and Tiffany Colston – the Redskins only returning letter winners — are consistent and you basically know what you’ll get from them.
Therefore, the other girls were largely responsible for the Redskins’ 19 wins in the regular season. Port Clinton (19-3) plays Oak Harbor (16-7) for a Division II sectional championship at 6:15 p.m. Saturday at Sandusky.
“I’ll take it,” Redskins coach Toby Bickel said of only three blemishes. “It’s been a fun group of kids. I don’t know what the expectations were coming in – you’d have to ask outside the program.”
Most knew about Colston and Thorbahn coming into the season but uncertainty surrounded the rest.
“We played well at Findlay and in scrimmages, and we looked at each other and said we could be good. We looked at some of the girls who would have to step in and they did nice things.
“We’ve had kids step up and we needed that. Kids had to step up and do what we wanted them to do. Nineteen and three is a great season but we don’t want to be 0-1.”
That means Weaver might have to make a shot, Ashley might have to grab a rebound and Gulas or Burris might have to make a hustle play against the Rockets.
The Redskins’ only current goal is of the one-game-at-a-time variety.
“Our goal is a sectional championship,” Thorbahn said. “We can’t look to the future. It’s hard to beat a team three times.”
Oak Harbor is led by Maria Boers, Abbie Gezo, Andrea Cecil and Makayla Carpenter. Cecil, a freshman, stepped up when elimination was a concern as she scored 10 points during a 15-0 run that erased a nine-point deficit in a victory over Perkins in the sectional opener.
Port Clinton lost to only poll champ Clyde (twice) and Bellevue, which was ranked as high as 10th this season. Bickel believes in his team’s vast potential.
“They can do whatever they want to do. You have to play 32 minutes per night. We have to step up throughout the tournament.”