VERMILION — When Olivia Howard got going, so did Perkins.
But the Pirates really perked up when the senior guard sat down with four fouls.
Howard caught fire in the third quarter as Perkins turned a one-point halftime lead into a 54-39 rout in a Sandusky Bay Conference crossover girls basketball game at Vermilion High School.
Leading just 20-19 at halftime, Howard scored nine of her game-high 16 points in the first 3:50 of the third quarter to give Perkins a 29-23 lead.
But when Howard picked up her fourth foul with just over two minutes left in the third, that’s when the Pirates really responded, going on a 12-4 run to blow the game open.
“Liv Howard is a good player and the whole game we tried to take it at her to get her in foul trouble,” said Vermilion point guard Skyler Myers, who had seven assists, five rebounds and three blocked shot but only one point. “We just didn’t capitalize on (Howard being out) like we should have.”
Junior Aleena Winston added 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for the Pirates.
“I challenged them at halftime because the energy level wasn’t where it needed to be,” Pirates coach Brian Heck said.
“To their credit they came out and did exactly what we wanted them to do in the second half.
“They responded. They did well.”
Perkins (3-2) led by double-digits the entire fourth quarter as Vermilion (4-2) struggled from the field. The Sailors shot just 30.4 percent from the floor in the game and just 28 percent (7-of-25) in the second half.
“We couldn’t keep up,” Vermilion coach Yvonne Craigo said. “I can say I was proud of the girls’ effort. We had trouble getting some scoring happening, but their defensive effort was there and we were in the game. The other team was just lights-out from outside and we struggled in that area.
“Speed-wise we were a little outmatched. We tried our best but there really wasn’t a lot we could do.”
Camryn Colahan led the Sailors with 11 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
Myers added three steals, but Craigo wants to get more offense from her 6-foot senior point guard.
“She’s an incredible passer,” Craigo said of Myers. “Our problem tonight was that she only had one point. We had trouble getting her the ball back. She’s such a good distributor and she has to handle it almost 100 percent of the time.
“She’s a good point guard and she gets the ball off to people. We’re going to work on finding ways to get it back to her and get her open.”
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Perkins 54, Vermilion 39
PERKINS (54): Olivia Howard 4-6-16, Nancy Siegel 2-4-10, Sydney Thom 0-2-2, Hailey Aratch 3-1-7, Aleena Winston 6-3-15, Marah Trautman 2-0-4. Totals 17-16-54.
VERMILION (39): Skyler Myers 0-1-1, Clara Smith 3-0-9, Cece Dillon 5-3-13, Maddie Colahan 2-1-5, Camryn Colahan 4-3-11. Totals 14-8-39.
Perkins 7 13 18 16 — 54
Vermilion 7 12 9 11 — 39
Three-point goals: Perkins 4-11 (Howard 2, Siegel 2), Vermilion 3-10 (Smith 3). Field goals: Perkins 17-42 (40.4 percent), Vermilion 14-46 (30.4 percent); Free throws: Perkins 16-23 (69.5 percent), Vermilion 8-12 (75 percent); Rebounds: Perkins 32 (Winston 14), Vermilion 30 (C. Colahan 10). Turnovers: Perkins 11, Vermilion 14. Total fouls: Perkins 15, Vermilion 18. Fouled out: Howard, C. Colahan.
Junior varsity: Perkins, 59-16