Calvert freezes Polar Bears

Calvert’s Kate Brickner has emerged as one of the Midland Athletic League’s best players this season, averaging more than 16 points a game.

After the Senecas’ 64-47 victory over Woodward, Brickner said she’s been working specifically on her long distance shooting.

It showed.

Brickner made six 3-pointers Tuesday night, finishing with 23 points. She also had six rebounds in a game the Senecas (9-4) dominated.

“I just wanted to get my shot down,” Brickner said.

Overall, Calvert made eight 3’s; the other two were by Megan Funkhouser, who had 15 points.

Calvert coach Tim Ritzler said Brickner has been one of the team’s hardest workers, and Tuesday it translated to her outside shooting.

“She’s had her days where she’s shot well from the outside and days that she hasn’t,” Ritzler said. “It was good to see her [hit 3’s].”

The Polar Bears (2-13) didn’t make a 3, and only attempted two deep shots. One was a desperation attempt at the end of the first quarter.

Brickner hit a pair of 3’s and had eight points in the first quarter, as the Senecas went up 17-8 at the first stop.

Calvert spread out the offense Tuesday night. Eleven players scored, as the Senecas frequently made the extra pass and got an open layup.

Now, whether they were able to convert them was another story.

“One thing we did well, we had some layups on some run-outs,” Ritzler said. “We were unselfish. We shared the ball.”

Still, Ritzler said the the team missed too many high percentage shots, and he was unhappy with some of the defense.

“We can’t have that happen in a tight game,” Ritzler said. “At times it seemed that we lacked focus [on defense]. We played well defensively, just not consistently.”

Calvert had trouble defending Woodward’s K’Shawna Barnett, especially in the second half. Bryant erupted for 21 of her 28 points after halftime, and had nine rebounds in the loss. Most of her points came inside.

Andrea Johnson added 10 points for the Polar Bears.

Calvert has some big games this week, starting Friday, when it hosts Hopewell-Loudon.

“We just need to play our game and we’ll be fine,” Brickner said.