The Truckers controlled from start to finish in a 52-21 win over host Ashland in non-league action against the Arrows.
“Great win for us. I thought the girls played really hard and played as a team,” Norwalk coach Brock Manlet said. “I thought we were a little nervous early on, but once we got a couple shots to go down, we settled in and started to play the way we want.
For Norwalk, Elena Barber led the way with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Alex Nolan was also in double figures with 11 points and added four assists. Olivia Ward scored seven, followed by Skylarr Story with six and Erin Bleile with five.
Both teams started out the contest a little rusty, but Norwalk ended the opening quarter on an 11-2 run to take an 11-4 lead into the second. The run was powered by Nolan, who knocked down two of her team-high three 3-pointers in the stretch.
“That was huge for us,” Manlet said of Nolan’s pair of treys. “I think in the first game, you have to see a couple of shots start to go down before you can relax a little bit. For her to hit a couple of 3s and give us some breathing room there early, I think it settled everyone down and we were able to get in a rhythm on both ends of the floor.”
Norwalk carried that momentum into the second, beginning the quarter with a 7-0 run. Ashland was outscored 15-5 in the second, resulting in a 26-9 deficit at the break.
The Truckers eliminated all doubt in the third quarter, outscoring Ashland 20-4 to make it 46-13 entering the fourth.
“I think (tonight) kind of indicates what we thought we had in the preseason and how hard we’ve been working to come out and see the fruits of the labor a little bit,” Manlet said. “It gives the kids confidence, it gives us confidence, and we just have to continue to work hard and hopefully good things will continue to happen.”
Norwalk will entertain New London on Tuesday in another non-league game.
“It was nice to get all our kids in and play a lot of minutes, because we will need that depth as the year goes on,” Manlet said.
Erin Bleile 2-0—5; Alex Nolan 4-0—11; Olivia Ward 3-0—7; Elena Barber 5-3—13; Janel Jubak 2-0—4; Brooklyn Davis 1-1—3; Kayla Cring 0-3—3; Skylarr Story 3-0—6. TOTALS 20-7-52.
Plank 3-0—7; Paramore 2-1—5; Marth 1-3—6; Ryan 1-0—2; Miller 0-1—1. TOTALS 7-5—21.
Norwalk 11 15 20 6 — 52
Ashland 4 5 4 8 — 21
3-point FGs: (N) Nolan 3, Bleile,Ward); (A) Plank, Marth.
W. Reserve 55, Keystone 25
COLLINS — Senior Avery Tubbs was 7-of-14 shooting, including 5-of-8 from the three-point line to score a game-high 19 points in Western Reserve’s season opening rout over visiting Keystone Friday night.
McKenna Woodruff added 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting and grabbed five rebounds for the Roughriders, while Ellie Blankenship had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Also for Western, Isabelle Duchette had five points, six steals and four assists, while Gabrielle Duchette added four points and five steals.
Western hosts SBC Lake Division foe Perkins at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
D. Peters 5-0—13; L. Cassell 2-1—5; K. Bartlome 1-1—3; Kodi Bartlome 2-0—3. TOTALS 10-2—25.
WESTERN RESERVE (1-0)
Isabelle Duchette 1-2—5; Avery Tubbs 7-0—19; Gabrielle Duchette 1-1—4; McKenna Woodruff 7-1—15; Ashlyn Barnhart 1-0—2; Ellie Blankenship 5-0—10. TOTALS 22-4—55.
Keystone 7 9 3 9 — 25
W. Reserve 15 13 7 20 — 55
3-point FGs: (K) Peters 3; (WR) Tubbs 5; I. Duchette; Woodruff.
JV: Western, 33-17
St. Paul 46, Huron 32
HURON — The Lady Flyers opened up the season with a non-league win over the host Tigers on Friday.
St. Paul (1-0) led 13-10 after one quarter and 20-16 at halftime.It was a 33-28 advantage before St. Paul outscored the hosts 11-4 over the final eight minutes.
Danielle Smith led the Lady Flyers with 18 points, while Morgan Baxer added 11 and Camille Endsley scored eight.
St. Paul was 19-of-23 at the free-throw line in the victory. It will entertain St. Mary Central Catholic Saturday.
ST. PAUL (1-0)
Morgan Baxter 2-7—11; Anna Lukasko 0-1—1; Megan Hammersmith 1-0—2; Camille Endsley 3-2—8; Danielle Smith 4-5—18; Brooke Houck 0-2—2; Maddy McCall 1-2—4. TOTALS 14-19—46.
Rae Roldan 1-0—3; Lauren Sugalski 1-0—3; Mia Hurst 2-0—5; Lacey Church 0-1—1; Ava Winnestaffer 5-1—13; Ella Lamb 3-0—7. TOTALS 12-2—32.
St. Paul 13 7 13 11 — 46
Huron 10 6 12 4 — 32
3-point FGs (SP) Smith 3; (H) Winnestaffer 2, Lamb, Roldan, Sugalski, Hurst
Lucas 55, South Central 32
LUCAS — The Trojans dropped Friday’s season opener to the host Cubs in a non-league matchup.
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Hillsdale 50, Plymouth 24
PLYMOUTH — The Big Red fell in Friday’s season opener to the visiting Falcons in non-league play.
Plymouth visits Colonel Crawford on Saturday.
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Willard, Norwalk split match
NORWALK — In the season opener on Friday at Kenilee Lanes, the Norwalk boys bowling team topped Willard, while the girls fell to the visiting Crimson Flashes.
High games for the Norwalk boys included Zach Thrash and Brenden Hipp, who each had a 202. Landan Klett added a 191.
In the girls match, Norwalk was led by Megan Sage with a 302.
In junior varsity boys action, Andrew Ward had a 202 and a 206, while Noah Blanton added a 199 and a 190 — and Ethan Ware rolled a 203.
The two teams will play again Tuesday at Dynasty Lanes in Willard.