Under normal circumstances, Port Clinton’s Hannah Weaver might have spent the rest of the half on the bench after committing her second foul late in the first quarter.
The circumstances weren’t normal Saturday. Port Clinton had to have Weaver on the floor and she returned for the second quarter and scored a game-high 20 points as the Redskins topped visiting Clyde 68-54 to snap the Fliers’ win streak in the Sandusky Bay Conference.
“We wanted to beat Clyde for years,” Port Clinton’s Bethany Urban said. “With them having 65 wins in a row we wanted this. We stuck together mentally and that’s what wins games.”
Huron holds the girls conference record for consecutive wins at 67.
“It would have been nice to win two more for the all-time (SBC win streak),” Clyde coach John Cahill said. “We won 65 games in a row and that’s a good streak. I congratulated the girls who were part of it. We’ll try to start a new one.”
Fliers freshman Heidi Marshall literally rose to the occasion as she scored the first four points of the second half off her own offensive rebounds for a 35-34 deficit. Marshall used anticipation and her impressive ability to jump to collect 10 rebounds, including six on the offensive end despite the fact she was often the shortest girl on the court.
“She got a little frazzled at times but the moment never overcomes her,” Cahill said. “She battles and fights and competes. The tougher team won.”
Weaver responded to Marshall’s buckets with a 3-pointer and a basket off a drive and Port Clinton (13-1, 6-0) gradually extended its lead from there. Weaver wasn’t called for her third foul until 41.4 seconds remained.
“I knew coming in I couldn’t foul but I still did,” Weaver said. “I knew I couldn’t get my third foul if I wanted to stay in. It’s a big deal for any SBC team to beat Clyde.
“They’ve been dominant for so many years.”
Clyde was tabbed to finish second in the SBC in the preseason with Port Clinton fourth.
“It’s a big deal with the (streak) and showing everybody that’s not where we were supposed to be placed,” Weaver said.
Weaver said the Redskins broke the press better and improved on defense compared to her previous losses to Clyde (9-3, 5-1).
“My kids haven’t backed down,” Redskins coach Toby Bickel said. “I knew they weren’t going to. My kids are resilient. They play for each other.”
The Fliers had a 23-18 advantage after one quarter but the Redskins demonstrated poise and led 35-30 at the half.
“We were trying to run motion and their guards were on us tight,” Weaver said.
Weaver, who added five assists, scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, including nine free throws. She made her first 11 free throw attempts.
Urban scored 18 points, including eight in the first quarter while Alexander added 10. Port Clinton took the lead for good at 27-26 in the second quarter as Marissa Day canned a 3 after a steal from Alexander.
Kelsey Michaels scored each of Clyde’s seven points in the second quarter and finished with 18. Marshall added 16.
“We showed our youth a little bit,” Cahill said. “The other kids have to step up and make shots and they didn’t do it.”