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Perkins overwhelms St. Paul

By JOE GILROY • Updated Dec 19, 2018 at 2:13 AM

NORWALK — Coming off a tough two-point loss in league play, St. Paul coach Vicky Mahl knew what her team was facing on Tuesday.

In non-league action, the Lady Flyers played up two divisions against visiting Perkins, a team with a good core of its team back from a district runners-up finish to Division II state champion Toledo Rogers last season.

The Pirates (7-2) raced out to a 22-2 start in the first quarter, and never looked back in a 76-44 win over St. Paul inside the Harvey Keller Gymnasium at the convocation center.

With the loss, the Lady Flyers fell to 5-2 ahead of Thursday’s Firelands Conference game at New London. The Lady Flyers had previously lost, 58-56, at home last week vs. Crestview.

“We had a rough night, but we will come back in (today), get after it in practice and learn from our mistakes and move on to Thursday,” Mahl said.

St. Paul played better in the second half after being outscored by the Pirates 38-13 after two quarters. The Lady Flyers were outscored 37-31 to finish the night over the final 16 minutes.

“It was not a good first half,” Mahl said. “We did some talking at halftime and we came out and tried making some changes and had a much better second half. It wasn’t a great second half, but a much better one. We will just learn from what happened tonight and go from there.”

The Lady Flyers didn’t make a basket for their first field goal until 10 seconds into the second quarter when Danielle Smith made a layup to get St. Paul’s offense a little momentum. That momentum carried into the more competitive second half of basketball that St. Paul played.

Olivia Howard had herself a big night for the Pirates. She ran the Perkins offense efficiently and spearheaded the scrappy Pirates defense that forced 26 unofficial St. Paul turnovers. Howard stuffed the stat sheet with 18 points, nine assists, six rebounds and six steals.

“Olivia is a great player,” Perkins coach Brian Heck said. “And I tell my coaches she’s a special one. She is one of those types of players that doesn’t come around very often.”

Heck talked about the start his team had to Tuesday’s game.

“That is something we try to emphasize,” he said. “You just start hammering that nail in the coffin early, and the rest of the game is going to come a lot easier once you can start riding that wave. Obviously, our first quarter was very good and I think offensively we moved the ball tremendously well and found open shots.

“St. Paul is a good team and they will be right there in the running for the Firelands Conference championship at the end of the season,” he added.

Smith quietly had a nice night in for St. Paul. She drilled four three-pointers along the way to scoring a game-high 23 points in the contest.

Perkins made it a clean sweep in the junior varsity game, posting a 50-11 win.

PERKINS (7-2)

Mara Trautman 1-0—3; Demi Aaron 1-0—2; Olivia Howard 9-0—18; Nancy Siegel 6-1—17; Abriye’ Skelton 3-0—6; Kelley Baker 1-2—4; Avery Bing 2-0—6; Sydney Thom 5-2—15; Aleena Winston 2-0—4. TOTALS 30-5—75.

ST. PAUL (5-2)

Morgan Baxter 2-2—6; Anna Lukasko 2-0—4; Megan Hammersmith 2-1—5; Camille Endlsey 2-0—4; Danielle Smith 8-3—23; Kati Kamann 1-0—2. TOTALS 17-6—44.

Perkins 22 16 15 22 — 76

St. Paul 2 11 14 17 — 44

3-point FGs: (P ) Siegel 4, Thom 3, Bing 2, Trautman; (STP) Smith 4

JV: 50-11

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