Oak Harbor coach Brad Hemminger had seen it before: His team had a lead, but let it slip away.
The Rockets, 63-55 winners jumped out to an early 21-8 lead nearing the end of the first quarter, but Huron's Lauren Volz struck from deep to cut the Tigers' deficit to 21-11. Huron shaved two points from the difference at the half, trailing 33-25.
Late in the third, Huron (1-4, 1-3 SBC) senior Gina Munafo hit a short putback jumper to pull her Tigers even with the Rockets, 42-42.
This time, however, Oak Harbor (2-4, 1-3 SBC) didn't go quietly. Rockets sophomore Maria Boers responded to the tie with a resounding 3-pointer for the 45-42 lead. On their next possession, she rattled another one home from beyond the arc for the 48-44 lead, which Oak Harbor carried into the fourth.
"Three weeks ago, we probably would have folded at that point," Oak Harbor coach Brad Hemminger said. "They would have thought, 'Oh, here it goes again.' But I think we're gaining some maturity, and that was big for us to be able to stretch that back out after giving up the lead.
"Maria gets better every game and gains confidence every game. She's a good shooter, sometimes she only has to remember that she can shoot."
Early in the fourth, Huron pulled back within one point, 48-47, but the Rockets scored six straight -- a Caitlyn Harvey layup, two Allison Dunn free throws and a jumper by Kayla Diefenthaler -- for the 54-47 lead. Volz hit a 3-pointer to cut Oak Harbor's lead to 54-50, but would not get closer. On the Rockets' next possession, Harvey pivoted on the block for a layup, giving the Rockets a 56-50 lead with three minutes remaining. Huron couldn't complete the comeback.
For the rest of this story and more high school basketball, read Saturday's Sandusky Register.