Lady Fliers Blitz Norwalk with a 42 point first half..coast to 62-47 win. Coach and US Veteran Bill Strong Honored with other area vets.
Tonight’s girls’ game had a special feel to it. It was a night to honor the vets in attendance for their brave service and also to honor retiring soccer and girls’ basketball coach, Bill Strong. The US Navy veteran and longtime key figure for Buckeye Boys and Girls’ State tried hard to hold back his emotions as he received a painted basketball from MMS Athletic Director, Matt Flewelling, celebrating his incredible valued service to our country and to CGS. It was indeed a special tribute orchestrated by CHS athletic director, Ryan Greenslade.
Before introductions both squads and the three officials walked out to shake each of the veterans’ hands and say ‘thanks’. What a memory!
The ceremony must have inspired our Lady Fliers for they came quickly out of the gate .Behind sharp shooter, Senior Siera Hisey’s six points, the Lady Fliers raced to a 15 -5 quarter lead. Then came the ‘quarter of all quarters’. By half time, our girls played lights out defense with the press and upped their lead to 42-16. A record seven girls entered points in the scorebook in the second eight minutes. Party time at the Hanger. Sydney Hohman had four buckets, Siera hit two more bombs,fast improving freshman Camdyn Taylor added five points, while senior Jackie Smith and freshman Kristen Harrah chipped in with four points each!
“That first half was the best we have had all year,” commented Coach Dave Lozier!
After half, it was somewhat academic. Naturally, as often is the case, a team with a ridiculous lead not seen all year, a young team, came out more slowly in the third quarter! To the Lady Truckers’ they credit, they played harder and better after half. They bettered our girls 13-8 with strong pressure, something the Young backcourt is still trying to overcome.
By game’s end our girls had defeated the Truckers by the final 65-47 margin, roughly the same margin they beat Norwalk in Huron County.
When asked if he felt his girls played better here then there, Coach Lozier responded to cgsnewsflier, “Definitely! I thought tonight overall was the best overall performance regardless of the fact that the final margins were about the same! I am proud of the girls tonight. Now, we need to use this to get after Sandusky on Saturday afternoon.”
Siera led the girls with 15 points. Talented and improving freshman point Kristen Harrah added 11.
Syd Hohman and senior Jackie Smith each chalked up 8 points and freshman Camdyn had 7 points. It was one of few well balanced attacks this season, something the girls will try to continue in their remaining seven regular season contests.
Despite playing a last place team, our girls played extremely well tonight! They should be proud but also hungry! Hungry to even their league record at 4-4 against a competitive Sandusky crew, a team we beat by a point back in December. The energy tonight helped overwhelm Norwalk. It needs to continue.