It took Calvert a little while to get going, but once it did, the rout was on.
After shooting 3 for 13 and clinging to an 11-10 lead after the first quarter, the Senecas started hitting their shots, and putting distance between themselves and Buckeye Central.
Calvert led 26-18 at the half, then used a spurt at the beginning of the third quarter to cruise to a 61-36 win over the Buckettes.
“I don’t know what it was, we really didn’t come out and execute in the beginning,” Calvert coach Tim Ritzler said. “We missed a lot of shots that we should have had, especially early in the game. In the second half, we started making some of those.”
Calvert started the second half well. Leading by eight, the Senecas forced back-to-back turnovers, which Kate Brickner converted into layups. Then, after another stop, Calvert’s Sam Beckley buried a jumper. The Senecas led, 32-38.
“We gave up three quick baskets, and against a team like that, well-coached, play well, very fundamental, you just can’t give up that many points or that many easy baskets,” Buckeye Central coach Sarah Krichbaum said. “That kind of set the tone.”
Brickner led all scorers with 21 points, while Nicole Bickley had nine points to go with five rebounds. Taylor Ritzler added seven points.
“Everybody got going,” Ritzler said. “Kate started hitting some of those short jumpers, started getting to the hoop and finishing with the layups, we started getting more people involved. I think we had 10 people score tonight, and it was, once we got the lead, got settled down into the game and just relaxed everybody, everybody started playing the way they’re capable of playing.”
Emily Weithman led the Buckettes with 11 points and seven rebounds, while Sammi Marcum added seven points.
Buckeye Central started strong on the boards, collecting 13 in the first quarter. But it was out-rebounded 13-6 in the second. Calvert ended up winning rebounding, 40-33.
“All around as a team, I think we need to be more aggressive on the boards, and more aggressive in general,” Krichbaum said. “We’re getting there, it’s just a process.”
Buckeye Central fell to 3-11.
As for Calvert, it will be back in action Thursday, when it travels to Carey for a key Midland Athletic League clash with the Blue Blue Devils.
Calvert (11-4 overall) sports a 6-0 MAL mark, while Carey stands at 5-1.
“We have a tendency to play to the level of our competition,” Ritzler said. “We played Woodward last Tuesday, didn’t play real well against them, Buckeye this week – record-wise they’re not that good but they have a nice team.
“Against Hopewell(-Loudon) last Thursday, we came out right in the beginning and played well almost the entire game … I think it was our best game of the year” Ritzler said. “Hopefully, maybe Carey will bring out the best in us, the way I’m sure we’ll bring out the best in them, being a big MAL game.”