Willard pulled out a 50-46 win over Norwalk Friday in Northern Ohio League girls’ basketball action at Norwalk High School.
The Lady Flashes (11-7, 8-4) broke a 46-46 tie with four points in the final two minutes to secure the win.
Ally Graham’s basket at the 1:08 mark gave Willard a 48-46 lead. Then, Graham and Alysun Daniel sealed the contest with free throws.
“We put ourselves in a little hole, but this is what we need,’’ Willard coach Jon Dawson said. “We need tough games that are going to come down to the last couple of minutes. The girls have been through this before. They understand what needs to be done.’’
During that time, the Lady Truckers (3-15, 3-10) committed a pair of turnovers and missed a shot.
“The experience of Willard kind of won them that game,’’ Norwalk coach Marjoe Cooper said.
Alysun Daniel led the Lady Flashes with 18 points, including 12 in the first half.
Ally Graham dropped in 16 points with 10 in the first and fourth quarters.
“I thought Alyssa Opatken did a good job of running the offense, especially after Liz Fried fouled out,’’ Dawson said. “I thought Brennyn Lillo did a great job of rebounding and getting stops on defense. She was good.’’
The Lady Flashes were 21-of-45 from the field and 7-of-13 from the free-throw line with 22 rebounds and 29 turnovers.
Lillo, Sierra Sallee and Daniel each pulled down six rebounds.
Despite the loss, Cooper was pleased with the effort of his team, who fell to Upper Sandusky 47-40 Thursday.
“I was happy with the way we fought,’’ he said. “I thought it was the most played most team basketball all year.’’
Freshman Sydnie Fetherolf, making a start, posted 13 points and Sam Obringer added 11.
“I thought Sydnie was great, I thought Sam was great and I thought Katie Gross was great,’’ Cooper said.
Norwalk shot 18-of-46 from the field and 9-of-19 from the charity stripe with 25 rebounds and 20 turnovers.
Lindsey Ziemke grabbed six rebounds and Obringer gained five.
Willard led 14-10 after the first quarter and held a 23-12 advantage midway through the second.
The Lady Truckers cut the deficit to 25-22 on a Hannah Schneider three-pointer, before Sallee’s bucket put Willard up 27-22 at halftime.
The game close in the second half.
Norwalk held an advantage of 44-39 with 3:40 left in the game.
In the reserve contest, Willard edged Norwalk 37-35.
The Lady Flashes led 17-14 at halftime.
Olivia Bauer scored 15 points and Allie Worcester contributed 10 for the Lady Flashes.
Abby Moffit tossed in seven points for Norwalk (14-4, 9-4). Morgan Turner notched 10 boards.
Both teams return to NOL play Tuesday.
Willard hosts Bellevue and Norwalk travels to Fostoria.
Graham 6-3-16, Opatken 4-0-8, Sallee 3-0-6, Daniel 7-4-18, Danhoff 1-0-2. Totals: 21-7-50.
Schneider 3-0-7, Shane 1-0-2, Obringer 4-3-11, Fetherolf 5-3-13, Gross 3-2-8, Ziemke 2-1-5. Totals: 18-9-46.
Score by quarter
Willard 14 13 10 13 — 50
Norwalk 10 12 12 12 — 46
Music 1-1-3, Worcester 5-0-10, Salce 1-0-2, Bauer 6-1-15, Thornton 3-1-7. Totals: 16-3-37.
Osborn 2-1-5, Flowers 2-1-6, Moffit 2-3-7, Brown 1-0-3, Souslin 2-0-4, Kirk 2-1-5, Turner 2-1-5. Totals: 13-7-35.
Score by quarter
Willard 7 10 6 14 — 37
Norwalk 6 8 7 14 — 35