Rally gives Clyde win, two-game lead in SBC
May 12, 2015 at 5:32 PM
Perhaps she's little known outside Clyde, but Lexi Weber can play the game.
The 5-foot-7 freshman scored seven straight points in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter Saturday, igniting a 22-2 spurt that lifted the Clyde girls to a 65-51 victory over Perkins.
"We know Lex is good and that's why we have her on the varsity," Fliers coach John Cahill said. "I'm really happy for her because she's that kind of player and she showed it.
"Maybe today was her coming-out party."
Jordan Fraley got loose under the bucket to give the Lady Pirates a 49-43 lead in the first minute of the fourth quarter.
Weber answered with a drive to the basket with 6:50 remaining, then followed with a trey and another lay-up over the next minute, turning the deficit into a two-point lead.
"The little freshman got a 3 and got to the basket on us twice, and that was a big part of the game," Perkins coach Ray Neill said.
Weber's teammates took over the heavy lifting from there, stretching the run to 13 straight points before Shannon Ebert drove the baseline for a Perkins bucket. But the Lady Fliers ratcheted the defense back up and finished the game on a 9-0 run.
"To be honest, the score doesn't indicate what a hard-fought game this was," Cahill said. "The game over at Clyde was hard-fought too, but we were always comfortably ahead. Today, with five or six minutes to go, we were getting beat.
"I thought we played with a lot of toughness and composure. We grew up for sure."
The Lady Fliers (14-0, 11-0) also took command of the Sandusky Bay Conference race with the win, sitting two games ahead of the Pirates (12-3, 9-2) with three games to play.
"We have a decision to make," Neill said. "Even thought the conference title may have slipped away, we still have a lot to play for. We'll find out Monday when we get back at practice what everyone is made of."
Foul trouble plagued both teams in the second quarter with Amanda Cahill sitting down for Clyde with three fouls with more than 6 minutes to play and Ebert and Kristen Campbell forced to the bench with three fouls just minutes later.
The Fliers took a 35-30 advantage in at the intermission despite Cahill's absence, with the Lady Pirates coming out on fire after the break.
"They made a great run in the third quarter and I felt they outplayed us," John Cahill said. "They played with a lot of energy and we had a hard time stopping them. In the fourth quarter, we found a defense we felt better about playing, played it and played it pretty well."
Along with better defense, Perkins picked a bad time to start turning the ball over. The Pirates finished with 22 for the game, with eight coming in the fourth -- most of them in the first four minutes.
"It was the patented Clyde run," Neill said of the fourth quarter. "We weathered all the other ones, but like I told the girls, we had a stretch where I think we turned the ball over three times in a row, maybe five out of six possessions, and they went down and we didn't get stops."
Rachael Smetlzer converted 10 of 14 free throws, including 5 of 6 over the final two minutes, and led Clyde in scoring with 15 points. Amanda Cahill finished with 14 points, Kaylea Griffin added 11 points and a team-high six rebounds and Spencer Robles scored nine.
"I felt like we faced a lot of adversity today," John Cahill said. "For three quarters, we weren't finding our way and, all of a sudden in the fourth, we got into a defense we felt more comfortable with.
"And I really felt Lex was huge. She made a couple of shots and a couple of plays and, all of a sudden, we go from down six to up. I couldn't be any prouder of them."
Fraley had game highs in points (23) and rebounds (eight), while Darcy Daniel ended with 12 points and Ebert added eight.
"We worked our way out of behind down eight right out of the gates to a six-point lead early in the fourth," Neill said. "We just didn't finish."
Clyde added a 53-43 victory in the JV game with Hannah Wadsworth scoring 15 points and Jill Miller tossing in 10. Mikaela Caponi led Perkins with 14 points.
CLYDE (14-0, 11-0)
Rachael Smetzler 2-10--15; Breanna Michaels 2-0--5; Spencer Robles 2-4--9; Amanda Cahill 7-0--14; Kaylea Griffin 4-3--11; Lexi Weber 3-0--7; Katie Lynch 2-0--4. Totals 22-17--65
PERKINS (12-3, 9-2)
Darcy Daniel 4-0--12; Shannon Ebert 3-2--8; Chelsea Smith 0-4-4; Jordan Fraley 7-9--23; Kendall Harris 2-0--4. Totals 16-15--51
Clyde 14 21 8 22 -- 65
Perkins 13 17 17 4 -- 51
3-pt FG: (C) Rachael Smetzler 1, Breanna Michaels 1, Spencer Robles 1, Lexi Weber 1; (P) Darcy Daniel 4
JV: Clyde 53-43