Lady Fliers Take Step Forward to Even Season Record at 4-4. Rout Port Clinton 54-28 in the ‘Hanger’.
Watching perhaps the best four quarters the Lady Fliers played this season was a welcome sight for devout fans of Lady Flier hoops. Many has seen the phenomenal teams of the Amanda CAHILL era. They remember the lightening quick and suffocating pressure those teams used to rout nearly every opponent.
Tonight, the team did not consist of the Michaels’ sisters, Lexi Weber, or’B’. No girls team will ever outdo that squad. But Coach Lozier’s battling babes earned high marks with their own version of suffocating defense, persistent ball pressure, and double teams. Their opponent, Port Clinton, a team struggling to get better was no match for our pesky Lady Fliers. The girls played with more confidence than in ny of their prior seven games.
Point guard Kristen Harrah ran the show to the point where she no longer looked like ‘just a freshman’. Her confidence spilled over to the others. Off the bench, Camdyn Taylor showed the talents she has and looked more than capable with and without the Orange sphere. In addition, sophomores HALEY Salazar and SYDNEY Hohman played hard and fought through errors natural to second year varsity players.
Perhaps the greatest sight to enjoy tonight was the overall spark senior Jackie Smith gave to Coach Lozier’s young young team. Jackie has struggled scoring in the post. Coming into tonight’s game, she averaged only 5.6 points per game and just three rebounds. Tonight, the personable leader scored 15 and certainly had at least 7-8 or so rebounds. She anticipated opponent decisions, invading passing lanes and getting the jump on inside penetrations. Together with ever reliable fellow senior, Alexis Keegan, the Lady Fliers put on quite a likeable show for their appreciative fans.
‘SHOWTIME’ is long gone,but tonight our teen girls played with the same hunger, the same fire, the same will to create rather than hesitate. To make things happen, rather than wait for it to happen. The Lady Fliers hopefully have established a bit of their own identity, each girl from Jackie and Alexis to fellow seniors Siera Hisey and Madison Bannister down through the youngsters all earned high marks for improvement on the hardwood.
Port Clinton scored nearly half of their points in a 12 point first quarter. A 14-12 Flier lead expanded to a 25-17 margin by halftime. From their on, the girls we love played harder, smarter, and more confidently than ever. By the start of the fourth, the teens were cruising and up 39–24. In addition, the same team with 25 turnovers on average per game( last in the Lake) were in much better control of the pumpkin. This factor alone was a huge sign of gaining confidence as a team and learning to make each possession precious.
The team also attacked enough that they attempted 31 free throws, making 19. Port Clinton, on the other hand, shot 7-12. Jackie made six buckets and three charities for a game leading 15. Alexis has nine. Camdyn scored in each quarter ending with eight, the same as Haley. Haley missed a few bunnies which could have given her 14-16. And great team player, Siera hit all four of her free throws ending with 6 points.
Just a joy to watch… so much better than the the start of December. Now, the girls play 3-2 Sandusky Friday. The road game against an over .500 team will measure more truthfully how far our young lady dribblers have come. If they carry on from their performance tonight, if they keep their feet floored on the pedal, Sandusky could find a mighty feisty and tough Division foe making life miserable all over the Blue Streaks’ floor.
Our junior varsity also improved and won their third in a row with a 43-31 victory. Kaylee ELTRINGHAM LED The jayveees with 19 points, including 8 field goals. Emily Hammer added 11 and McKenzie Lucas chipped in with 10.
Congratulations to our girls and to Coach Lozier and his entire staff. Keep up the good work!