Calvert and Arcadia had an unexpected spectator for their game in Tiffin Tuesday night.
A small black bird flew into the gym during the second quarter, observed things, then took off.
The way things were going, Calvert coach Tim Ritzler probably wanted to leave with it.
PHOTO BY PAT GAIETTO
Calvert’s Lindsay Bickley looks to shoot around Arcadia’s Courtney Cramer during Tuesday’s game in Tiffin.
Calvert had a 13-8 lead over Arcadia after the first quarter, but its offense was miserable over the next two, and it never recovered.
The Senecas managed just six points over the second and third quarters. They went from being up five points to down 15 by the start of the fourth quarter.
Calvert's offense got things going late, but Arcadia was never in any serious danger in its 43-32 win.
Ritzler - whose team won a Midland Athletic League game at Hopewell-Loudon Monday night - said Calvert's offensive struggles were uncharacteristic.
"That's just not us," he said. "We've been a team that's put points on the board most of the year. Credit their defense for causing us some problems. They ran a nice 1-2 zone against us and we just didn't execute and didn't make the right adjustments against it."
In the second quarter, the Senecas were held scoreless for the first 6:55. During that time, they went 0 for 3 from the floor and committed six turnovers. Nicole Bickley's jumper stopped the skid, but Calvert trailed 19-15 at the break.
"Our defense covered, but they missed some shots, too," said Arcadia coach Randy Baker, whose team improved to 13-4. "They had to be a little tired. I know they had a big league game (Monday), so playing back-to-back can be tough sometimes. Our defense is coming along the way we want to play, but we've still got some things to work on."
Ritzler said his team will have to get used to playing a number of games over a short period of time. The Senecas are back at it Thursday in a big league game at New Riegel, then host Woodward two days later.
"It's something where our girls have to bounce back," he said. "When you get in the tournaments it's the same thing. You're playing, you're taking a couple of days off and then you're playing another opponent. So that's something we've really got to work on - coming off a tough game and playing a tough game right after that."
Arcadia's offense was paced by Molly Glick and Courtney Cramer, who each scored 15 points. Glick added nine rebounds. The Redskins were patient on offense after the first quarter, finding the open person and getting a good shot almost each time down.
"Once we got everybody moving, we were running through our sets, we handled the ball a little bit better," Baker said.
Something else might have helped.
"Maybe (the bird was) a good luck omen flying through here," Baker said with a laugh. "(The players) thought it was a bat at first."
Calvert's Kate Brickner and Lindsey Bickley scored eight points each to lead the squad.
"Our effort wasn't there, our focus wasn't there," Brickner said. "The ball's going off our hands, we didn't rebound the ball well, and we've been doing very well the last few weeks. Credit to Arcadia for part of it, and another part of it was just our lack of focus."
"Focus" seemed to be the word of the night for Calvert.
At least it wasn't "bird."