Tied at halftime, the Lady Flyers (13-3, 9-2) outscored the Roughriders (10-6, 7-4) by a 21-6 margin in the third quarter of a 51-37 win Saturday in Norwalk.
Leading 17-15 after one quarter, the Roughriders (12-2, 8-2) outscored Crestview by 24 over the next two quarters of a 79-47 road win Friday. In SBC action, Edison fell to Margaretta by 14.
South Central limited Plymouth to just 27 points in a 53-27 win on Friday in Greenwich; Monroeville snapped a four-game skid with a win over Mapleton.
Willard (12-2, 4-2) trailed 48-38 with 2:52 left, but had a chance to tie the Rockets (8-2, 4-1) in the closing seconds of a 49-48 loss Friday in Oak Harbor.
The state-ranked Flyers (12-2, 10-0) remained alone in first place in the Firelands Conference with Friday’s 64-56 win over the Wildcats (5-10, 4-6) in Norwalk.
The Trojans outscored the Big Red by 13 in the first half of Thursday’s win, while a big third quarter led St. Paul to a dominant road win at New London.
The Roughriders trailed by nine in the fourth quarter, but had a chance to tie late in a 36-33 loss to FC-leading Crestview Thursday night in Collins.
Roth is a volunteer baseball assistant coach for the Norwalk High School program. He serves as the hitting coach and works with the corner infielders for the Truckers, who are coming off a 19-win season as SBC Lake and sectional champions.
Senior Cassie Crawford has tackled her fears and uncertainties on her way to an All-Ohio high school career, which includes becoming the all-time points leader for the Flashes and a scholarship recruit to play at Div. II Ashland University — one of the top programs in the country.
The Chargers (4-9) had two late three-point attempts hit just off the mark in a 54-51 loss to the Senecas (12-3) in non-league action Wednesday night in Milan.
The Truckers fell 59-56 to the Little Giants, while New London and Plymouth girls, and the Monroeville boys each dropped non-league games in area action Tuesday night.
The Div. III No. 7-ranked Crimson Flashes (12-1) held on after a missed 3-pointer at the final buzzer in a 63-61 win over the Div. IV No. 1-ranked Flyers (11-2) Tuesday night in Norwalk.
The Roughriders scored all five points in OT from the foul line in a 47-45 road victory over the Chargers Tuesday night in Milan.
The Crimson Flashes and Flyers enter Tuesday’s non-league game with identical 11-1 records and a top-10 state ranking in the AP poll.
The Roughriders topped Plymouth by 26, while the Trojans won at Mapleton by 26 to highlight area boys action over the weekend.