PLYMOUTH — No one panicked on the Plymouth Big Red bench.
Down 12-0 after one quarter and 17-1 early in the second, the Big Red came all the way back to defeat the St. Paul Lady Flyers 51-48 in Firelands Conference girls’ basketball play Tuesday night at Plymouth High School.
“You never want to get off to a bad start,” Plymouth coach Scott Speicher said. “But we knew in the first quarter we just didn’t hit our bunnies. So we did some things to adjust and being down as far as we were, it’s a nice come back.”
Plymouth (6-3, 5-0) was paced by senior Whitney Jacobs, who scored 16 points.
Jacobs could be seen in the second half spitting blood into a trash can at almost every time out.
“I got busted in the mouth,” Jacobs said afterward. “I’m going to have a fat lip.”
Jacobs, like Speicher, said there was no panic on the bench.
“No, we’ve been able to fight back before,” she said. “We knew we could do it this time, too. This is a big win we needed.”
Senior Nicole Lyons added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Big Red.
Sarah Shirey added nine points and Haley Goth six for Plymouth.
The Big Red cut the deficit to 25-16 at the half and 33-29 after three.
Plymouth took the lead for good at the 4:53 mark of the fourth and built its edge to as big as 44-37 at one point before hanging on.
“We didn’t hit our free throws,” Speicher said about Plymouth’s 11-of-20 performance at the line.
“Whitney Jacobs had a nice week of practice and definitely did a nice job,” the coach added. “Nicole Lyons did a nice job in the second half. We were trying to get her touches, to run the offense through her, but they were sagging in on her.
“These two teams tonight are similarly built across the board,” the coach said. “This was a great win against a good team.”
St. Paul (5-3, 3-2) was led by senior Audrey Badovick with 23 points. Taylor Brown added nine points, while Allison Spence chipped in seven.
Junior Kirsten Bundschuh had four points and 12 rebounds for the Flyers.
“We executed better in the first half, but they executed better in the second half,” St. Paul coach Jeremy Bliss said.
“Just a couple times we had unforced turnovers where we lost possession,” he added. “I’m not unhappy with the girls. It was just two different halves. We look forward to playing them again at our place. Scott did a nice job of making adjustments at the half.”
The Lady Flyers were 19-of-48 from the floor and 4-of-12 at the line with 22 rebounds and 13 turnovers.
Plymouth was 19-of-38 from the field, had 26 boards and 17 miscues.
St. Paul won the jayvee game 37-33 behind the strong play of Emily Chandler, who netted 10 points.
Plymouth was led by Morgan Baker with 11 points.
Plymouth plays again on Jan. 6 at Ashland Crestview, while the Lady Flyers are home against Monroeville the same evening.
St. Paul 48
Badovick 9-3-23, Fritz 2-0-4, Spence 3-0-7, Brown 3-0-9, Bundschuh 2-0-4, Kramer 0-1-1. Totals 19-4-48.
McVey 0-4-4, Lyons 6-2-14, Jacobs 5-4-16, Shirey 4-1-9, Goth 3-0-6, Mowry 1-0-2. Totals 19-11-51.
Score by quarter
St. Paul 12 13 8 15 — 48
Plymouth 0 16 13 22 — 51
St. Paul 37
Nickoli 4-0-8, Moore 1-0-3, Stoll 2-0-4, Lydia Ott 4-0-8, Bridget Ott 1-0-2, Chandler 2-6-10, Schaffer 1-0-2. Totals 15-7-37.
Baker 4-0-11, Butcher 3-2-8, Burkett 2-2-6, Hummel 2-4-8. Totals 11-8-33.
Score by quarter
St. Paul 4 13 2 18 — 37
Plymouth 16 5 8 4 — 33