PERRYSBURG - At the end of the first quarter Thursday night in the Division II district semifinal at Perrysburg High, it looked as if Toledo Central Catholic was going to make it an interesting game, leading Clyde, 19-16.
By halftime, it wasn't much of a game at all.
Clyde parlayed a 12-0 run late in the second quarter into a lead it would not come close to relinquishing as it beat the Irish, 70-53.
PHOTO BY AARON KORTE
Clyde’s Amanda Cahill powers up for a jumper in the key over Central Catholic’s Demi?Russell (40) and Michelle Murnan.
"I think Central is legitimately one of the four or five best teams in the region when healthy," Clyde coach John Cahill said. "This was a good test for us tonight. For this early in the tournament, it's two pretty good teams going head to head and I was really happy with the way we responded after the first quarter."
Central Catholic (17-8) took a brief 26-25 lead with 3:33 to go in the first half when Michelle Murnen completed a three-point play the old fashioned for the Irish.
In what seemed like an eye blink, Clyde (24-1) tore on a 12-0 run, keyed by seven points from Amanda Cahill.
Three minutes later, when Central Catholic stopped the hemorrhaging with a Byrdy Galernik bucket, Clyde led 37-28.
"We did a better job in the zone of following the scouting report and getting matched to players. I felt like we rebounded better. I felt like we didn't rebound very well in the first quarter," coach Cahill said. "Just offensively, we got playing the way we play. I thought we did a better job of going in the paint a little more and being inside-out more."
The Fliers opened the second half with a Kelsey Michaels 3-pointer and didn't look back. Clyde led by as many as 21 and the Irish couldn't get the margin back down to single digits the rest of the way.
"They made a run right at the end of the first (quarter) and then we fought back and got a lead (in the second quarter) and then they made a run at the end of the first half and we just never recovered from it," Central Catholic coach Marty McGurk said. "Our kids played hard. That's a really good team."
Cahill finished with a double-double with a game-high 32 points and 11 rebounds.
"Cahill, you have to be aware of where she is at all times and she's a great scorer but she might be a better passer," McGurk said. "She sets everybody else up really well. She's such a good passer that if you put all your attention to her, she's an unselfish enough kid that if she only scores 10 and everyone else scores, I think she'd be happy. It's just a nightmare to match up with her."
Michaels had 20 points and six rebounds for Clyde.
Galernik had 17 points, Alex Matus poured in 11 and Murnen added 10 points and six rebounds for the Irish.
"It's a little different than regular season because this has a regional type feel with Rogers (here), who has been nationally ranked and Central who is really good," coach Cahill said. "It wasn't good (in the first quarter). I don't feel like we executed very well. But we came back and really played well from that point on."
Clyde moves on to face Toledo Rogers on Saturday at 7 p.m. back at Perrysburg High. Rogers beat Bowling Green, 71-68, in the second game Thursday night.