Port Clinton’s Marissa Day drives past Toledo Central Catholic’s Alex Matus during the first half of a basketball game at Perrysburg High School on Thursday, Mar 5, 2015.
PERRYSBURG – No one game could erase a season’s worth of accomplishment and historic milestones.
But that season came to a sudden, halting stop Thursday night as the Port Clinton girls basketball team saw its campaign come to a close in a 75-42 district tournament semifinal loss to Toledo Central Catholic.
“They had an unbelievable season,” Port Clinton coach Toby Bickel said of his team. “They need to understand what they’ve done and what they’ve accomplished. I think after tonight, after the hurt is over, they’ll realize that and understand what they’ve done.”
The Redskins close the season with a 20-4 record and the program’s first Sandusky Bay Conference championship. Bickel said his team’s legacy will long outlive the memory of Thursday’s season-ending defeat.
“They’ll be remembered forever, they’ll have the banner up in the gym as first SBC champs,” Bickel said. “They don’t need to hang their heads. They had an unbelievable season.”
Facing the heavily-favored Irish, the Redskins stayed close for the opening four minutes and trailed 7-6. Central Catholic however, scored the final six points of the first quarter and continued to gradually build its lead through the second quarter until Port Clinton closed the half by trimming the deficit to just seven points, 29-22, at halftime.
Any thoughts Port Clinton had of climbing back into the game were quickly dashed as the Irish dropped a series of 3-pointers on the Redskins. Central Catholic’s Lyndsey Motus hit three consecutive 3-pointers within 1:20 of one another as the Irish began the third quarter on a 20-2 run to blow open the game and sail to the victory. Motus finished with 15 points, all on 3-pointers.
“Being down at seven at halftime, we felt pretty good because we didn’t hit layups and free throws in the first half,” Bickel said. “But at some point they’re going to run, they’re going to get out. They hit threes in the second half, just bombs, which we knew they could. You have to pick your poison.”
Senior Hannah Weaver led Port Clinton with 13 points as she and Emily Ashley (seven points) finished their Redskin careers.
“Emily and Hannah, away from the basketball court, have been unbelievable leaders,” Bickel said. “(I have) so much respect for them and what they did to lead the young kids this year and bring along our underclassmen.”