MILAN — The Edison Lady Chargers survived a big second-half comeback by St. Paul in a non-league girls’ basketball contest Tuesday, winning 65-56 over the Lady Flyers.
St. Paul shrank a 20-point deficit to just three with two minutes left in the game but some key defensive stops and clutch free-throw shooting by Edison (7-10) in the final minute held off the Lady Flyers for good.
After a Ciara Reed free throw for Edison with 1:46 left in the third quarter to go up 54-38, the Lady Flyers held Edison scoreless until another Reed free throw with 2:16 remaining in the fourth.
By then, St. Paul (12-6) trailed 55-46. Then with back-to-back and-ones by senior Audrey Badovick, the Lady Flyers cut the lead to 55-52 with 1:39 left in the game.
However, good defense combined with the Lady Chargers shooting 8-of-8 from the free throw line in the final minute secured in the win for Edison.
The Lady Chargers ran out to a 22-7 lead at the end of the first and led by as much as 19 before halftime.
“Overall I thought in that first half, all nine girls did a nice job,” Edison coach Jim Colwell said, talking about his team getting out to a 41-23 lead at halftime. “Our press really got us started. It made it tough for them.”
In an effort to run time off the clock in the second half, Colwell said his team struggled to execute in its half-court offense.
“The one thing we do best is run, and when we had to slow down, run our offense and take time off the clock, we started to panic,” he said. “We gotta stay under control and stay within ourselves. It’s good for the girls. They played well, all of them.”
Susan Knight and Abbey Cox each notched double-doubles for Edison. Knight scored 19 with 11 rebounds, while Cox had 12 points and 14 boards. Reed added 13 points off the bench.
Edison shot 22-of-58 from the field and a stellar 18-of-20 on free throws.
For the Lady Flyers, the starting backcourt all recorded double digits in scoring, led by Audrey Badovick with 15 points. Allison Spence contributed 14 points with two threes and Taylor Brown had 11 with three triples.
St. Paul shot 11-of-16 from the free throw line and 20-of-56 from the field.
“It was a tale of two halves,” St. Paul coach Jeremy Bliss said. “In the first half we were sluggish, didn’t get after it, and didn’t get a lot of effort. In the second half, we had a lot more effort. That’s what it comes down to: effort.”
St. Paul had 10 turnovers at halftime and only committed four in the second half. Meanwhile, Edison had just seven turnovers at half and was forced into 11 in the second half by St. Paul.
“My hats off to coach Colwell as far as game-planning,” Bliss said. “He knew he had to throw the ball inside on us and they did. They killed us on the boards. They were smart.”
Edison bested St. Paul in rebounding, 38-24.
“If we play with effort like we didn’t in the second half the rest of the year, I’m excited to see what we can do,” Bliss said.
Edison improves visits Sandusky Bay Conference foe Clyde on Friday. St. Paul travels to Monroeville in Firelands Conference action Thursday.
St. Paul 56
Spence 6-2-14, Bundschuh 1-0-2, Badovick 4-7-15, Kramer 1-0-2, Taylor Brown 4-0-11, Draime 0-1-1, Fritz 4-1-9. Totals: 20-11-56.
Wilhelm 1-0-2, Frankboner 1-0-3, Knight 8-2-19, Reed 3-6-13, Cox 2-8-12, Dunnavant 1-2-4, Teed 1-0-2, Sabol 2-0-4, Tinnel 3-0-6. Totals: 22-18-65.
Score by quarter
St. Paul 7 16 15 18 — 56
Edison 22 19 13 11 — 65
St. Paul 42
Nickoli 2-0-4, Moore 1-2-4, Stoll 2-0-4, L. Ott 2-0-4, B. Ott 3-0-6, Chandler 5-0-10, Schaffer 0-3-3, Newcomer 2-0-4, Fitzgerald 0-3-3. Totals: 17-8-42.
Hill 1-0-2, Wolfe 1-0-2, Schmidt 4-4-12, Schaeffer 1-0-2, Schuster 1-0-2, Ostheimer 3-0-6, Schnellinger 1-0-2, Mollohan 3-2-8. Totals: 15-6-36.
Score by quarter
St. Paul 13 11 8 10 — 42
Edison 4 12 10 10 — 36