Willard (12-2, 4-2) trailed 48-38 with 2:52 left, but had a chance to tie the Rockets (8-2, 4-1) in the closing seconds of a 49-48 loss Friday in Oak Harbor.
The state-ranked Flyers (12-2, 10-0) remained alone in first place in the Firelands Conference with Friday’s 64-56 win over the Wildcats (5-10, 4-6) in Norwalk.
The Trojans outscored the Big Red by 13 in the first half of Thursday’s win, while a big third quarter led St. Paul to a dominant road win at New London.
The Roughriders trailed by nine in the fourth quarter, but had a chance to tie late in a 36-33 loss to FC-leading Crestview Thursday night in Collins.
Roth is a volunteer baseball assistant coach for the Norwalk High School program. He serves as the hitting coach and works with the corner infielders for the Truckers, who are coming off a 19-win season as SBC Lake and sectional champions.
Senior Cassie Crawford has tackled her fears and uncertainties on her way to an All-Ohio high school career, which includes becoming the all-time points leader for the Flashes and a scholarship recruit to play at Div. II Ashland University — one of the top programs in the country.
The Chargers (4-9) had two late three-point attempts hit just off the mark in a 54-51 loss to the Senecas (12-3) in non-league action Wednesday night in Milan.
The Truckers fell 59-56 to the Little Giants, while New London and Plymouth girls, and the Monroeville boys each dropped non-league games in area action Tuesday night.
The Div. III No. 7-ranked Crimson Flashes (12-1) held on after a missed 3-pointer at the final buzzer in a 63-61 win over the Div. IV No. 1-ranked Flyers (11-2) Tuesday night in Norwalk.
The Roughriders scored all five points in OT from the foul line in a 47-45 road victory over the Chargers Tuesday night in Milan.
The Crimson Flashes and Flyers enter Tuesday’s non-league game with identical 11-1 records and a top-10 state ranking in the AP poll.
The Roughriders topped Plymouth by 26, while the Trojans won at Mapleton by 26 to highlight area boys action over the weekend.
In SBC Lake and Bay action, the Norwalk and Edison girls lost, while Willard won at Port Clinton on Saturday.
The state-ranked Flyers (11-1, 9-0) remained alone in first place in the Firelands Conference following Saturday’s 76-43 win in Norwalk.
Leading 48-43 with 2:20 left in regulation, the Truckers (8-5) were outscored 11-2 down the stretch of the fourth quarter and OT in a 54-50 loss to Huron (10-2) Saturday night.