By Yaneek Smith
In their second matchup of the season, Port Clinton defeated Oak Harbor, 53-39.
The Redskins jumped out to an early lead, outscoring the Rockets 12-6 in the first quarter and 9-6 in the second for a 21-12 lead at the half.
In the second half Oak Harbor was able to make a few runs, but was never able to seriously threaten as Port Clinton slowly pulled away, outscoring the Rockets 32-27 in the final two quarters.
Tiffany Colston led all scorers with 22 points and Hope Thorbahn helped pace the ‘Skins with 18. Makayla Carpenter, Maria Boers and Abbie Gezo each finished with nine points to lead Oak Harbor.
With the win, the ‘Skins are now 11-1 overall and 7-1 in the Sandusky Bay Conference. The Rockets, meanwhile, drop to 6-5 and 4-4 in the league.
Port Clinton 52, Edison 44
Tiffany Colston led Port Clinton with 20 points and Hope Thorbahn added 18 in the ‘Skins’ victory over Edison. At 11-1, Port Clinton is currently ranked ninth in Division II. Clyde, the top team in the SBC at 13-0, is ranked No. 2
Oak Harbor 48, St. Joseph CC 27
In the first quarter, St. Joseph Central Catholic hit its open jumpers, grabbed some offensive rebounds and played good, solid basketball in battling Oak Harbor to a 13-13 tie.
But in the second quarter Rockets forward Abbie Gezo helped key a 17-0 run that put Oak Harbor in control as it rolled a to 48-27 victory over the Crimson Streaks. Gezo scored 13 of the points during the spurt to turn a 15-13 deficit into a 30-15 lead.
“We started off slow but after the first minute of the first quarter, we picked it up and started a run,” said Gezo, who led all scorers with 17 points. “We knew we had to come out with some intensity in the second quarter.”
Rockets point guard Makayla Carpenter also contributed, scoring 13 points as she was able to consistently break down the SJCC defense and get some open shots in the lane.
“That’s my first look,” Carpenter said of taking it to the basket. “If it’s (there), I go to the basket. If it doesn’t, I try to pass it out. It just so happened that every time I drove into the middle I stopped for the jumper.”
Maria Boers helped the Rockets extend the lead early in the third quarter by scoring seven of Oak Harbor’s points during an 11-4 run that saw them push the lead to 42-23 after three quarters.
The Rockets’ full-court press also gave the Streaks (4-5) problems as Carpenter and Andrea Cecil consistently pressured the ball and created some key turnovers in the second quarter to help Oak Harbor build the lead.
Briana Reardon led the Streaks with nine points and Brennan Reardon and Laura Baez finished with six points apiece. SJCC was missing two key players and were so shorthanded that the JV game had to be cancelled.
Oak Harbor 57, Margaretta 38
Abbie Gezo led the Rockets with 16 points and Makayla Carpenter had 13 to lead the Rockets to victory.
Oak Harbor took control early, outscoring the Lady Bears, 18-2, in the first quarter.
Margaretta’s Kelsey Kromer led all scorers with 18 points.