The Huron girls are looking for wins anyway they can get them.
The way the Lady Tigers found Tuesday night against St. Mary Central Catholic was quick start of both halves, building a comfortable lead and cruising home with a 73-62 Sandusky Bay Conference victory.
"We tell the girls to keep playing hard and hopefully, good things will happen," said Huron coach Ty Ray. "Tonight, getting a win, that's a good thing."
The Lady Tigers (1-2, 1-1) raced out to a 10-1 lead in the first three minutes of action and led 24-12 at the end of the opening quarter. Then they came out of after the half and opened a 45-26 advantage with a 13-3 spurt.
"They buried us right from the get-go and we never recovered," Panthers coach Dave Lozier said. "To be honest, I don't know what the answers are, especially with the way we are struggling and when we are throwing the ball away every two or three possessions."
Turnovers were a problem for St. Mary CC (0-4, 0-2), which finished with 30 for the game.
"We had it down to 29-23 with about three minutes to go in the second quarter and had five straight possessions where we threw the ball away," Lozier said. "We don't have the luxury to do that right now. It compounds things when you're struggling the way we are."
The Lady Panthers would not get closer the rest of the game, but were able to trim the deficit to 61-50 with just more than two minutes left in the game. Huron responded by hitting 9 of 13 free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
"We don't know how to close people out yet," Ray said. "We're learning that and every game is a learning tool. Every game, hopefully, we're getting better and moving forward."
Huron also had its fair share of turnovers with 21, but senior guard Alexis Lemar kept the offense running through senior sharpshooter Lauren Volz. Volz finished with a game-high 25 points while Lemar added 16 points.
"Alexis has been wanting that point-guard role and she's earned it," Ray said. "We still have to cut down on the turnovers, but from an overall standpoint, I thought she played pretty well."
Sierra Ward came off the bend to score 10 points and grab a team-high eight rebounds.
"Hopefully this is something we can build upon," Ray said. "Hopefully the girls will gain a little confidence from this game and the next game they can come out and continue to play hard and play with that confidence."
Lindsay Kaatz scored 23 points and pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds for the Lady Panthers, while Katy Glovinsky had 11 points and Aliva Curtis scored nine points and added 10 boards.
"Lindsay Kaatz played the whole game for me, Brady Bowers played the whole game for me and Alivia Curtis played the whole game for me, and I thought they did a nice job," Lozier said. "We just need to find the kids who want to step up and help us."
St. Mary Central Catholic got 11 points from Natalie Colavincenzo and eight each from Hannah Green and Brooke Durnwald in a 36-28 JV victory. Brittany Mayer led the Tigers with nine points.
St. Mary CC (0-4, 0-2)
Katy Glovinsky 4-2--11; Lindsay Kaatz 6-11--23; Brady Bowers 1-3--5; Alivia Curtis 4-0--9; Maddie Engeler 2-2--6; Hannah Snow 4-0--8. Totals 21-18--62
Huron (1-2, 1-1)
Gina Munafo 3-0--6; Alexis Lemar 4-7--16; Justin Butler3-2--8; Lauren Volz 7-7--25; Sierra Ward 4-2--10; Kelsey Koehler 1-2--4. Totals 23-22--73
St. Mary CC 12 11 10 29 -- 62
Huron 24 8 17 24 -- 73
3-ot FG: (SM) Katy Glovinsky 1, Alivia Curtis 1; (H) Alexis Lemar 1, Lauren Volz 4
JV: St. Mary CC 36, Huron 28