When Hope Thorbahn and Tiffany Colston find their rhythm, so does their team.
The combined scoring touch of Thorbahn and Colston, Port Clinton's only returning lettermen and last year's co-MVP's, led the Redskins to their seventh straight win Tuesday night, beating Norwalk 49-40 in non-conference play.
Thorbahn finished with 22 points and Colston tallied 14 points for Port Clinton.
After Norwalk (2-3) scored the opening basket of the game, the Redskins (7-0) committed two turnovers before Thorbahn took the game into her own hands. She scored eight of Port Clinton's first nine points, including back-to-back 3-pointers followed by a steal that led to a fast break layup.
The Redskins kept the Truckers scoreless for almost seven minutes en rout to a 19-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The first eight minutes of play ultimately decided the game as the Truckers matched Port Clinton's intensity throughout the other three quarters, even outscoring the Redskins in the second and fourth quarter.
The Redskins coasted through the second and third quarter, holding Norwalk to just two points in the third, giving themselves a 36-21 lead heading into the final quarter.
But Norwalk opened up the final eight minutes with an 8-2 scoring run that cut the deficit to nine points. It also caught the Redskins off balance with a full court press that led to some easy scoring points off turnovers.
Norwalk was forced to foul, sending Thorbahn to the line. Four Thorbahn free throws in the final minute allowed Port Clinton to weather Norwalk's run.
Norwalk outscored Port Clinton 19-13 in the final quarter, a run that was jump started by Kailee Flowers' eight points. Flowers finished with 17 points to lead the Truckers.
Read more in Wednesday's Sandusky Register and Norwalk Reflector.