Calvert powers past BC

NEW WASHINGTON – Having what Buckeye Central coach Greg Moore called a “field day,” Calvert’s Nicole Bickley piled up points in the first half Tuesday.

Buckeye Central couldn’t stop her. In fact, there was only one thing that could:

Foul trouble.

But then Bickley and her teammates turned up the defense in the second half.

Leading the Bucks by just five points at the break, Calvert’s half-court defense shut BC down in the third quarter, and Calvert won going away, 58-45.

The Senecas (10-3) were led by Beckley, who had 14 points in the first half and finished with 19 points and eight rebounds, both game-highs.

“We just executed our plays well, and we had a lot more height than they did,” the 5-foot-11 senior said. “We had a bigger advantage.”

Calvert fought off a shaky first quarter to grab a 31-21 lead on a Bickley stick-back with 1:44 left before the break.

But moments later, Bickley was called for her third foul. She went to the bench, and the Bucks responded with a 5-0 run.

“Once she comes out, we lose a lot of rebounding inside, and we were giving up some second chance points,” Calvert coach Tim Ritzler said.

Buckeye Central made it a 7-0 run at the beginning of the third quarter, when Kilee Kimmel broke through the Senecas defense for a layup.

It was 31-28 with 7:45 left in the period.

The Bucks didn’t score again until there was 6:36 left in the fourth. By that time, the Senecas built a 43-30 advantage.

“Something we talked about in the first half, at halftime, was ‘attack, attack,'” Moore said. “We quit attacking gaps in the second half. That’s one thing you can do. You’ve got to go right at (Bickley), get her to pick up her fourth foul, and we didn’t do that for some reason. And I’ll take the responsibility for that.”

The Bucks shot just 1 for 5 from the floor in the third quarter. Ritzler said his squad got going defensively.

“I told (my team) if we got back on half-court defense and made them score on us, that I thought we could slow them down big time,” Ritzler said. “I thought we did that our second half. We were getting back on defense a lot better, taking away the easy breakaway layups they were getting, and they struggled to score against it.”

Calvert’s offense scored only eight points in the third quarter, but got going behind Kate Brickner in the fourth. Brickner made three 3-pointers in the game and finished with 17 points. Taylor Ritzler added eight points.

Buckeye Central (5-8) got 17 points from Brooke Karl, and 11 from Kimmel.

“I thought Brooke Karl played an excellent game; she’s been doing that all year,” Moore said. “She goes and gets rebounds, handles the ball, usually covers (opponents’) best player. We just need some more girls to step up around her. Tonight that didn’t happen for some reason.”