Perkins earned 52 points while the other two competitors tied for second place with 24 in a playoff for the third and final spot.
Farmer said she thinks missing three of the team’s first four questions “shook their confidence” in the first half of the match.
“They did well and the second half of the match they did a good job,” she said. “This was just unfortunately our poorest match and it was a bad day to have a poor match. It just wasn’t our day our and on our bad day, Perkins had a really good day.”
Perkins will advance to the championships next week where it will go up against Huron High School and six-year reigning champion Edison High School.
“They did really good against the top two teams that made it to the championship rounds,” Farmer said about the Truckers, adding it was still a good year for her team. This was the first time in at least the past three years Norwalk has not made it to the playoff round.
She said to in order to continue improving, she and students will begin meeting and preparing sooner since the competition’s board will also hold its initial meeting earlier.
In the 2019-20 season, though, Norwalk will be playing without team captain Anna Little, Micah Duncan, Jared Sitterly and JJ Hackenburg — all seniors this year.
“They were pretty strong and all of them had been on the team for three years,” Farmer said. “But we also have several juniors that do well and can try to fill in their shoes.”
Perkins with be in the home position for the first championship match at 10 a.m. Feb. 12. The match will be held at the EHOVE Career Center. Huron will host the second match at 9 a.m. Feb. 14 in the high school gymnasium. Edison will host the final match at 10 a.m. Feb. 21 in its gymnasium.
BY THE NUMBERS
The schools’ regular season, which does not include the playoff match played Thursday, left Edison, Huron, Margaretta, Norwalk and Perkins in the top five. Here are the teams and their cumulative regular season scores.
1. Edison — 340
2. Huron — 272
3. Margaretta — 270
4. Norwalk — 269
5. Perkins — 260
6. Monroeville — 250
7. Willard — 240
8. St. Paul — 217
9. St. Mary — 206
10. Danbury — 203
11. Clyde — 189
12. Lakota — 183
13. Port Clinton — 155
14. Bellevue — 153
15. South Central — 136
16. Sandusky — 134
17. New London — 105
18. Western Reserve — 87