Port Clinton defeated Clyde on Saturday to halt the Fliers’ 65-game Sandusky Bay Conference win streak.
The Redskins didn’t play with the same intensity and focus Tuesday in a 57-45 league victory over Margaretta.
“That’s an easy excuse, but it shouldn’t be an excuse,” Port Clinton coach Toby Bickel said. “This team came out hard 14 times but for whatever reason we weren’t in sync and the intensity was different. It’s not an excuse. We started flat. We tried man and they went by. We tried zone and didn’t close out.”
The Polar Bears’ Lexi Harvey scored four straight points for a 12-12 tie in the first quarter before the Redskins went on a 18-2 run bridging the first and second quarters, including nine straight.
“We snapped out of it a little,” Port Clinton’s Hannah Weaver said. “We realized we had to pick it up. We have to get our intensity up no matter the situation. We did what we had to do. We find a way to win. A win is a win.”
It’s not uncommon for a team to scuffle a bit after an emotional scenario. Port Clinton did not practice following its win over Clyde.
“It was such a big game Saturday,” Weaver said. “We didn’t take (Tuesday) lightly. It was our first day back from a big game, the gym was a lot quieter and it was harder to get that intensity up. That was our problem.”
Weaver scored 22 points, Emily Ashley 12 and Bethan Urban 11 for the Redskins (14-1, 7-0).
“We got a W,” Bickel said. “We’ll always take a W, but we’re not satisfied how we played. We’ll bounce back. I haven’t questioned the effort all year. We didn’t have the same focus we had the last 14.”
Harvey had 13 points and Alex Michel 12 for the Polar Bears (4-8, 1-6).
“We’ve come a long way in two weeks,” Margaretta coach Tim Tucker said. “The girls played hard. We have to learn to win. The effort was tremendous. They’re playing with more desire at the defensive end.”
The Polar Bears scored six straight points after Port Clinton established a 30-14 lead in the second quarter. They climbed within 37-25 on a 3-pointer from Gabby Keller in the third and to 48-36 in the fourth after Kylie Dickman and Rebecca Denman grabbed offensive rebounds to set up a jumper from Harvey.
Weaver, however, scored six of the next eight points and Ashley added two free throws after Harvey’s bucket for a 56-38 lead to offset one last late push from Margaretta.
“She scored when we needed it,” Bickel said.
Emma Bergman scored 11 points, including two 3-pointers in the second quarter and one in the third while Abby Dornbusch hit two 3s in the second quarter to help fuel the comeback. Dornbusch had 13 points.