New Riegel moves on while Calvert, BC fall

GIBSONBURG – A loss isn’t always the result of breakdowns in offense or defense, questionable calls or being overwhelmed by the situation.

Sometimes one team wins because it’s just a lot better than the other.

Thursday, Danbury coach Joe Fetzer said that better team was Carey.

A 72-20 win in the Division IV district semifinals over Danbury backed that up.

“They’re quick, they’re aggressive. We knew they’d be unlike any team, pretty much, we’d played all year, as far as the kind of pressured they could bring. We did not handle it very well,” Fetzer said. “I was more worried once we got it over half court that we weren’t going to be able to get a shot. They’re that good defensively, man-to-man defensive team, that I was worried we might not even get a look at the basket.

“They’re an excellent, excellent team,” he said. “And deep, deep.”

Eleven of the 14 Blue Devils who played scored, led by Ali Rymer’s 15 points and Sydney Wentling’s 13. Logan Johnson added nine points, and she and Rymer each hauled in nine rebounds to help Carey dominate the boards by a 39-18 margin.

“That’s nice. It’s been like that all year,” Carey coach Phil Vaughn said. “We’ve had a number, probably five or six different people, lead us in scoring, and that’s nice when you have balance. Nobody cares who scores, they all want that same output at the end.”

The most recent output propelled Carey (21-2) into Saturday’s 7 p.m. finals against Old Fort, which edged Toledo Christian 54-51 in the nightcap.

Getting there was a combination of things going well for the Blue Devils while going badly for the Lakers (14-11).

Carey scored the game’s first five points before Tori Wright connected on Danbury’s first shot attempt, off the wing, 1:20 into the game.

It was never that close again.

Danbury trailed 20-3 at the first stop and didn’t hit another field goal until Alyx Perram’s putback with 42 seconds left in the first half cut Carey’s lead to 41-8.

The Blue Devils went into halftime up 43-10, scoring 15 points off 12 turnovers.

“We have a system, a fastbreak system we run – run lanes – and I just felt it started on the defensive end for us. Some of our defensive pressure turned into earlier and easier offensive baskets,” Vaughn said. “The girls ran the floor well, shared the ball, everybody was unselfish, willing to give the extra pass.”

Hannah Draper (7), Mackenzie Wentling (6) and Haley Hoepf (6) combined for 19 points to back Rymer, Sydney Wentling and Johnson.

The defense clicked just as well.

Perram and Megan Stephens each netted six points to lead the Lakers, who committed 19 turnovers and ended just 7 for 41 from the field. The shooting totals included a 1-for-14 effort on 3-pointers.

“Unfortunately, those nights happen, and we’ve had them happen to us. Sometimes the ball just doesn’t go in for you and it does for the other team,” Vaughn said. “It’s as simple as that sometimes.”

New Riegel moves on while Calvert, BC fall

SHELBY – New Riegel had no trouble with Buckeye Central, cruising into Saturday’s district final.

For a while, it looked like South Central would enjoy a stress-free finish.

But it didn’t quite work out that way.

New Riegel scored the first 11 points and never looked back against Buckeye Central, eliminating the Bucks with a 55-32 win.

The first game was more dramatic. The Trojans led Calvert 48-37 after three quarters, and still held a 59-51 advantage with about a minute left in regulation.

But the Senecas came storming back, but weren’t able to complete the comeback, falling 65-62.

The final minute was chaotic.

Kate Brickner hit a 3-pointer from the corner to get the Senecas within five, 59-54. After a pair of free throws by South Central’s Anna Hintz, Calvert’s Lindsay Bickley – who had a fantastic game – hit a 3 with 40 seconds left.

After a quick stop, Brickner again got the ball, this time in the right corner.

The 3 brought Calvert to within 62-60 with 20 seconds remaining.

The Senecas fouled Hitnz again, and she split a pair of foul shots, making it 63-60. Calvert raced down the floor. After a missed 3, Lindsay Bickley got the rebound and stuck the ball back. Calvert was down one. It fouled Summer Sweeting, who had been solid from the line all night.

The Trojan was again, making both free throws with seven seconds left.

“For a freshman, she does not play like a freshman,” South Central coach Becky Hintz said. “For her to execute in that game situation was unbelievable.”

Sweeeting finished with 20 points.

South Central called timeout to set its defense.

“We had Kate come off a back screen from the wing to the corner, hoping to throw them off with that back screen, hit Kate for that open 3,” Calvert coach Tim Ritzler said of the ensuing play. “It wasn’t exactly an open 3.”

But Brickner did get a 3 off from the right corner. It was long, and South Central survived.

Lindsay Bickley led Calvert with 18 points, while Brickner had 16 and Margaret Bowers 11. Nicole Bickley – who fouled out with 4 1/2 minutes left – had nine points and 11 rebounds.

“The girls never gave up,” Ritzler said after his team ended its season at 17-7. “Like we’ve talked about before, in tournament time, when your season is on the line, you dig a little deeper to see what you got. I’m proud of our girls for digging as deep as they could.”

South Central (24-1) got 15 points from Alli Hintz, who hit four 3-pointers. It will play New Riegel for the district title at 7 p.m. Saturday.

As for the Blue Jackets, they flat out dominated.

And it started right away.

Kara Scherger buried a 3, Taylor Arbogast converted a layup, Lauren Ladd made back-to-back layups and Arbogast added two buckets.

Keep in mind, Buckeye Central hadn’t scored yet. A 3 by Kilee Kimmel gave BC its first points with 1:09 left in the first quarter. New Riegel scored the next seven points, and led 20-3 at the first stop.

“Heck of a start, exactly what we were looking for,” New Riegel coach Steve Lucius said.

New Riegel (21-2) dominated from there, getting 14 points, six assists and four steals from Taylor Arbogast, 11 points and seven rebounds from Ladd and 12 points each from Scherger and Taylor Kirian.

Buckeye Central was led by Kimmel, who had 12 points, and Hailey Hildbrand, who had eight points and eight boards.

“They brought the pressure, they brought the intensity that first half,” BC coach Greg Moore said after his team ended the season at 11-14. “We looked like, pardon the pun, deer in the headlights.”

Moore said he’s proud of the Bucks, who won seven more games than a season ago.

“For us to come out and get 11 wins, get to the districts like this, I’m very, very proud,” he said.