Big third fuels Blue Devils

CAREY – Technically, it wasn’t a flawless quarter for Carey.

The Blue Devils did miss three shots, after all.

But when you make 14 of them over an eight-minute period, you’ll probably take it.

Carey used a scorching third quarter to score 34 points and distance itself from St. Wendelin, defeating the visiting Mohawks, 71-48.

“I always say if we take good shots in our offense, the percentages hopefully will work on our side,” Blue Devils’ coach Phil Vaughn said.

Vaughn said he wasn’t sure if his team had ever scored 34 points in a quarter before, but it was “much needed.” The Blue Devils hit four 3-pointers, with Haley Hoepf connecting twice and Sydney Wentling scoring 10 of her team-high 17 points.

“Ooh, they were hot,” St. Wendelin coach Adam Smith said.

Overall, the Blue Devils finished with five players scoring in double figures. Ali Rymer had 11 points, while Hannah Draper, Logan Johnson and Hoepf had 10 each.

“We don’t run a lot of sets for one person,” Vaughn said. “But I think we got a lot of good shots tonight.”

Early on, it appeared that St. Wendelin might have a shot at an early-season upset.

The Mohawks ran a successful offense that consisted of dishing the ball inside to Kamryn Troike, a 6-foot-3 sophomore. Troike would catch a pass in the paint and finish for a basket. She did it enough in the first quarter to help St. Wendelin build an 11-6 lead, and hold onto a 13-11 advantage at the first stop.

“We started out doing what we wanted to do,” Smith said. “Kam’s as good a big person as there is right now, I think, around the area. They were doubling her and she was still getting her shot off.”

But the lead vanished as the Blue Devils went on an 11-1 run to start the second quarter.

“The second quarter they put that run on us,” Smith said. “We knew if (Carey) started hitting those shots, we were in trouble. We’d like to go man, but we’re not deep enough to go man and we can’t get in foul trouble. Right now we’re fighting a lot of elements trying to get better.”

Carey led 31-20 at halftime, then broke the game wide open in the second half.

Still, it was a remarkable performance from Troike, who finished with 29 points and eight rebounds. No other Mohawk had more than five points as SW dropped to 1-2, 0-2 in the Midland Athletic League.

Carey improved to 4-0, 2-0.