MILAN — The Edison Lady Chargers topped Norwalk, 62-40, Tuesday night in non-league girls’ basketball at Edison High School.
Edison improved to 6-9 overall. Norwalk drops to 3-10.
With 18.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Norwalk sophomore Jocelyn Thomas fell hard to the floor after a shot attempt, landing on her head.
It was determined shortly thereafter that the paramedics needed to be called to assist. Both head coaches agreed to end the 22-point game with the time remaining. Thomas was put on stretcher.
Norwalk coach Marjoe Cooper confirmed that Thomas banged the back of her head on her fall and that because of it there is some concern over her fourth and fifth vertebrae.
He said Thomas was able to move her hands and feet while lying on the floor.
“I think she’ll be okay,” Cooper said.
To start the game both teams struggled to score. Edison managed an 8-7 lead after the first quarter.
The offense picked up in the second quarter with the Lady Chargers outscoring Norwalk 19-16 to take a 27-23 halftime lead.
Norwalk cut its deficit to 34-33 midway through the third quarter, but Edison finished the period on a quick 6-0 run.
With a 40-33 lead entering the fourth, Edison put the game away with 22 points.
Leading 46-36, four field goals by Chelsea Frankboner, along with one from Ciara Reed, put the game out of reach.
The quick 10-2 spurt sealed the win for the Lady Chargers.
The focus after the game was for the health of Thomas and not the outcome on the floor.
“You don’t want to see that,” Edison coach Jim Colwell said of the injury to Thomas. “You don’t want to see the head injuries.”
Colwell said after the game that he thought the key to the win was breaking Norwalk’s press after the first quarter and making open shots from the floor.
“It was a good effort. We needed that one big time,” he said. “As the game progressed, we started breaking their press. The big thing tonight is that we completed open shots.”
“Susan Knight had an outstanding game tonight,” he added. “She’s a worker. She doesn’t know how to slow down.”
Knight posted 12 first-half points for Edison and led all scorers with 17 points and nine rebounds. Frankboner added 10 second-half points, while Abbey Cox grabbed 13 rebounds.
Edison shot 26-of-63 from the floor, went 9-of-15 on free throws and committed 17 turnovers. Edison edged Norwalk in rebounding 41-36.
The Lady Truckers were 12-of-62 from the field, shot 14-of-25 from the line and had 21 turnovers.
Katie Gross had 15 points and seven rebounds for Norwalk off the bench. Hannah Schneider added 12 points.
“I thought it was a great game for three quarters,” Cooper said. “We just couldn’t get over the hump. I think we kind of ran out of gas at the end.
“Give Katie Gross some props; I thought she was outstanding,” he added. “Hannah Schneider was outstanding, and so was Hayley Souslin.”
Norwalk won the reserve contest, 33-27.
The Lady Truckers broke a 20-20 tie at the end of three and outscored Edison 13-7 in the fourth.
Kailee Flowers led all scorers with 15 points for the Lady Truckers.
Karyn Schmidt tossed in eight points for the Lady Chargers.
Both teams host league games Saturday.
Edison battles Margaretta, while Norwalk plays Shelby.
Schneider 4-3-12, Shane 0-2-2, Thomas 3-1-7, Gross 4-6-15, Ziemke 1-1-3, Fetherolf 0-1-1. Totals: 12-14-40.
Wilhelm 2-3-7, Frankboner 5-0-10, Knight 6-4-17, Reed 4-2-10, Cox 2-0-4, Dunnavunt 2-0-4, Teed 1-0-2, Sabol 1-0-2, Tinnel 3-0-6. Totals: 26-9-62.
Score by quarter
Norwalk 7 16 10 7 — 40
Edison 8 19 13 22 — 62
Flowers 6-3-15, Moffit 2-2-6, Hannah Souslin 4-2-10, Kirk 0-2-2. Totals: 12-9-33.
Wolfe 1-0-3, Saenz 0-4-4, Crooks 2-0-4, Hill 1-0-2, Mollohan 1-0-2, Schafeffer 1-0-2, Schmidt 4-0-8, Schuster 1-0-2. Totals: 11-4-27.
Score by quarter
Norwalk 9 6 5 13 — 33
Edison 7 8 5 7 — 27