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Thorbahn Sparks Rockets Win

12/28/2017, 9:15pm EST

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Thorbahn Sparks Rockets Victory

Oak Harbor junior Jill Thorbahn shoots a 3-pointer during the fourth quarter of the Rockets game against SJCC on Thursday.

OAK HARBOR - Oak Harbor junior Jill Thorbahn was patiently waiting to provide a spark that the Rockets would need this year.

After seeing limited playing time at the varsity level this season, Thorbahn stepped in when needed most in the third quarter of Thursday's non-divisional game against Fremont St. Joseph Central Catholic.

Thorbahn hit two clutch 3-pointers and added a free throw as Oak Harbor handed the Crimson Streaks their first loss of the season by a score of 51-44.

Oak Harbor (8-2 overall) would grab an early 6-1 lead as Sophia Eli and Logan Harris tallied early baskets.

Brooke Casperson would notch SJCC's first field goal of the game and Belle Michael would drain a 3-pointer to end the first quarter as the Crimson Streaks led 12-11.

Casperson later added a field goal from the corner to give SJCC an 18-13 lead with 4:50 left in the second quarter.

Seeking a response, the Rockets pushed back and went on a 7-2 run to tie the score at 20-20 on a pair of free throws by Ashley Riley with 1:25 left in the half.

Oak Harbor would then take a 23-22 lead in the final ten seconds of the half on a 3-pointer by Harris going into intermission.

Harris would score 14 points in the game while Ashley Riley finished with 12 for the Rockets.

The Rockets would score the first four points of the third quarter in the first two minutes of the second half before Miranda Wammes canned a 3-pointer to cut Oak Harbor's lead to 27-25.

Wammes led the Crimson Streaks with 12 points in the game.

Michael, who would score nine points in the game, would later add another 3-pointer with 3:44 left in the third to put the Crimson Streaks (9-1 overall) ahead 30-29.

After a pair of free throws put the Rockets back up 31-20, Thorbahn made her mark.

Thorbahn fired up a shot over Adrienne Wehring from the wing for a 3-pointer extending Oak Harbor's lead to four with 2:39 left in the quarter.

Thorband finished seven points for Oak Harbor.

Eli, who had 16 points in the game,  followed suit a few moments later with a 3-pointer of her own as Oak Harbor's lead continued to grow.

Early in the fourth Thorbahn connected on her second 3-pointer, this time a shot from the corner with 7:21 left in the game.

Oak Harbor's lead would extend to 45-32 with 5:36 left in the game on a basket by Eli and later it would lead 49-37 with 2:46 remaining.

The Crimson Streaks wouldn't close up shop, though, as they battled back to make it 49-44 with :46 seconds remaining before falling for the first time on the year.

SJCC will return home on Saturday to take on Hopewell-Loudon while the Rockets will host Margaretta at 1 pm on Saturday.

Fremont St. Joe   11-11-10-12 - 44 
Oak Harbor          10-13-15-13 - 51 

Fremont St. Joe - Belle Michael 3-0-9, Adrienne Wehring 5-1-11, Brooke Casperson 2-2-6, Callie Kelbley 1-1-3, Miranda Wammes 5-1-12, Emily Militello 1-0-3.

Oak Harbor - Sophia Eli 5-5-16, Logan Harris 6-1-14, Abby Dornbusch 1-0-2, Ashley Riley 4-4-12, Jill Thorbahn 2-1-7.



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