By ANDY WOLF
CLYDE — Old Fort girls basketball coach Jenny Ritzler adamantly reminded her players at the end of the third quarter to not go under screens when guarding Clyde’s Heidi Marshall on the 3-point line.
But the damage was already done.
The 5-foot-5 senior guard sank four of her six 3-pointers in the third frame to help the Fliers take a 41-37 lead.
Clyde continued to pull away and posted a 59-43 nonleague victory over the Stockaders.
“We told them not to go under screens right from the beginning,” Ritzler said. “I had the opportunity to coach Heidi when she was in eighth grade for AAU.
“She played with a group of seniors, so I knew she was that good. The girls knew how good she was. We let them (go) under screens in other games. ” We just kept making that mental mistake. We got tired defensively.”
Whitney Bilger and Madisyn Spencer each scored 13 points for the Stockaders (5-8) while tallying eight and seven rebounds, respectively.
Marshall finished with a game-high 33 points and five steals as the Fliers improved to 8-7.
Old Fort guards Ashlyn Magers and Jenna Clouse spent a majority of the game chasing Marshall around on the defensive end.
Marshall only scored 13 points in the first half before erupting for 14 of Clyde’s 16 third-quarter points.
“She has an incredible basketball IQ,” Ritzler said. “You make one little mistake and she’s going to make you pay for it.”
Such was the case in the third quarter.
Old Fort clung to a 26-25 halftime edge as Clyde scored the last 10 points of the second quarter — the first five coming from Marshall. She opened the third quarter with a coast-to-coast steal but missed the free throw on the three-point play.
Three possessions later, Marshall stepped into a 3-pointer and swished it to give Clyde the lead again at 30-28.
With the game soon tied again at 32-32, Marshall ran right around a screen and splashed in another 3-pointer from the right wing.
After Bilger knocked in a pair of free throws, Marshall dribbled left but spun away from the screen set for her and drained a 3-ball on the left wing.
“I don’t know how some of the shots she makes that she puts up, those step-back 3s,” said Clyde coach David Lozier. “She works hard at what she does. She puts the time in and that’s why she’s a special player.”
Marshall actually missed her next three attempts from 3-point range as Old Fort failed to secure a few defensive rebounds.
It all came back to haunt the Stockaders as Marshall knocked in her fourth 3-pointer of the quarter in the final minute.
Bilger did answer right back with a buzzer-beating 3.
The momentum still favored the Fliers, though. Old Fort couldn’t score enough to take it back as Ritzler noted Clyde switched from its man defense to a zone.
In the first half, the Stockaders routinely got out running in transition and attacked the rim at will.
Five different players scored in their 11-0 second-quarter run to put them up 26-15 late in the frame.
Neither team shot well overall.
Old Fort hit 18 of 54 attempts, 2 of 10 from 3-point range. Clyde managed to make 21 of 51 attempts, 8 of 21 from beyond the arc. The Fliers vastly improved their shooting percentage as they made 7 of 9 fourth-quarter attempts — including four straight in a 12-0 run after Old Fort pulled within 47-41.
Clyde’s Jacqueline Smith chipped in 12 points and six rebounds. Jenna Clouse added six points and six rebounds for Old Fort.
OLD FORT (5-8)
Magers 1-0–2, Clouse 3-0–6, Spencer 6-1–13, W. Bilger 4-3–13, H. Bilger 1-0–3, Gillet 1-0–2, Miller 1-0–2. TOTALS: 18-54 4-8–43.
Keegan 1-2–4, Marshall 12-3–33, Bannister 2-0–6, Barrera 1-2–4, Smith 5-2–12. TOTALS: 21-51 9-11–59.
Old Fort 13 13 11 6 — 43
Clyde 12 13 16 18 — 59
3-Point GOALS: Old Fort 3-14 (W. Bilger 2, H. Bilger); Clyde 8-21 (Marshall 6, Bannister 2).
rebounds: Old Fort 37 (W. Bilger 8); Clyde 14 (Smith 6).
turnovers: Old Fort 21; Clyde 11.
junior varsity: Clyde, 43-35.