This time, the St. Paul Lady Flyers held on.
St. Paul had just enough in the tank to defeat Plymouth 56-51 on Thursday night in Firelands Conference girls’ basketball play at the convocation center.
The Lady Flyers handed the Big Red their first FC loss on the season, while improving to 9-3 in the league themselves.
Plymouth now stands at 12-5 overall, with St. Paul holding a 12-4 mark.
Plymouth and Western Reserve are tied on top of the FC with 11-1 marks. Those two teams square off on Feb. 17 at Plymouth.
The game was a carbon copy of the matchup at Plymouth on Dec. 28, when St. Paul took a 17-1 lead only to see the Big Red come all the way back to win 51-48.
Thursday night, on Senior Night, the Lady Flyers made it stand up.
“This is definitely a staple win for us,” said St. Paul senior Audrey Badovick, who scored a game-high 23 points.
“This just shows our maturity that we could hang on for the victory,” she added. “We believe in ourselves and believe going into the tournament we can win against them because we probably will see them again.”
St. Paul coach Jeremy Bliss was excited about the win.
“It’s nice beating the No. 1 team in the conference,” he said. “This doesn’t bring that first game back, but it indicates we can compete with and beat the best.”
St. Paul celebrated the final home game for seniors Badovick, Hillary Fritz and Taylor Brown.
Brown scored 12 points, while Fritz added seven points and six rebounds.
“I’m proud of our seniors that in their last home game they could get a big win, especially against a good team like Plymouth,” Bliss said. “I’ve been proud to coach them the past two years.”
The Lady Flyers led 16-6 after one quarter and 33-17 at the half. Their biggest lead was 35-17 early in the third before Plymouth started chipping away.
The Big Red pulled as close as 37-31 late in the third before St. Paul closed the period on a 6-3 mini-run.
Allison Spence scored six points, while Erin Kramer and Jessica Draime each netted four for the Flyers.
Bre McVey paced Plymouth with 16 points. Sarah Shirey added 14 and Nicole Lyons added 12 points and 12 rebounds. Whitney Jacobs chipped in nine points.
Plymouth coach Scott Speicher said his team wouldn’t have to worry about a second-half comeback if they played four quarters.
“Turnovers really hurt us,” he said about the 17 miscues.
“We were not ready to go and that’s my fault as the coach,” Speicher added. “They knocked down shots in the first half and we didn’t. We’ll regroup and get ready to play.”
Plymouth shot 21-of-51 from the floor, which included 6-of-15 in triples. The Big Red made 3-of-4 from the foul line and grabbed 27 rebounds.
St. Paul was 23-of-45 from the field, 3-of-12 in threes, 7-of-15 at the stripe, had 16 boards and 10 turnovers.
The Lady Flyers don’t get much of a break as they travel to Mansfield St. Peter on Monday and Edison on Tuesday.
“Those are going to be tough games where we’ll need to show our discipline and maturity,” Badovick said.
The Big Red host Crestview on Thursday.
The Flyers (14-2, 11-1) won the jayvee game, 42-31. Arlayna Newcomer scored 12 points and Emily Chandler added eight for St. Paul. Lauren Butcher knocked down 12 for Plymouth.
McVey 6-1-16, Shirey 6-0-14, Jacobs 4-0-9, Lyons 5-2-12. Totals 21-3-51.
St. Paul 56
Badovick 10-2-23, Brown 5-0-12, Spence 2-2-6, Fritz 2-3-7, Kramer 2-0-4, Draime 2-0-4. Totals 23-7-56.
Score by quarter
Plymouth 6 11 17 17 — 51
St. Paul 16 17 10 13 — 56
Baker 2-0-5, Butcher 3-5-12, Burkett 1-4-6, Bolen 2-0-4, Daron 1-0-2, Grube 1-0-2. Totals 10-9-31.
St. Paul 42
Nickoli 3-2-8, Green 2-0-4, Bridget Ott 1-2-4, Chandler 4-0-8, Schaffer 1-2-4, Newcomer 5-2-12, Fitzgerald 1-0-2. Totals 17-8-42.
Score by quarter
Plymouth 8 6 5 12 — 31
St. Paul 9 13 6 14 — 42