Mohawks pull away from Senecas

St. Wendelin shuts down Calvert offense in fourth quarter

PHOTO BY PAT GAIETTO
St.  Wendelin’s Hailee Burns shoots between Calvert’s Claire Thompson (left) and Madison Jones.

PHOTO BY PAT GAIETTO St. Wendelin’s Hailee Burns shoots between Calvert’s Claire Thompson (left) and Madison Jones.

FOSTORIA — After watching his team beat Calvert 45-24 Friday in Fostoria, Mohawks’ coach Aaron Smith was able to characterize his squad.

“We’re not a bad team,” Smith said. “We’re actually a decent team that can’t shoot.”

Friday was a perfect example.

The Mohawks didn’t shoot well at all, making just 17 of 53 field goal attempts. But they played solid defense, and turned a tight game with the Senecas into a rout.

Hailee Burns scored 17 points, Peighton Troike had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and St. Wendelin limited Calvert to a single basket over the game’s final 10 1/2 minutes.

Until late in the third quarter, the contest was close. St. Wendelin led 7-6 after one quarter and 15-14 at the half. But the Mohawks took over in the third quarter. And three 3-pointers in the period — from three different players — keyed the spurt.

After Calvert’s Clare Sullivan tied the game at 18 with a jumper, St. Wendelin’s Cailin Reineck drained a straightaway 3 with 5:13 left in the quarter. After the Senecas’ Kristan Bowers split a pair of free throws to get Calvert back within 21-19, SW’s Hannah Burns converted a layup, then teammate Emma Prince connected from deep in the left corner. St. Wendelin had its biggest lead to that point, 26-19.

Calvert’s Lexie White answered with a 3 of her own to cut Calvert’s deficit to four, but the Mohawks had answers.

Troike converted a stickback, then Sydney Johnson made her only basket — a left wing trey.

The Mohawks went to the fourth quarter up 31-22.

“(Johnson’s) 3, Reineck’s 3 and Emma’s 3 propelled us,” Smith said. And the momentum continued into the fourth quarter, when the Mohawks outscored the Senecas 16-2.Calvert had trouble holding onto the ball. It had 10 miscues in the fourth quarter and 28 overall.

“The turnovers again,” Calvert coach Pat Herron said. “We don’t score well enough to turn the ball over.”

Calvert (1-8, 1-5 Sandusky Bay Conference River) got 10 points from White and five points from Clare Sullivan.  While Calvert’s offense struggled — it made just 8 of 33 shots — Herron said it was the other side of the ball that really hurt the Senecas.

“Defensively, that’s probably the worst we’ve played all year,” Herron said. “We weren’t rebounding; that was our worst rebounding of the whole year. So, we’ve got to get back at it tomorrow. We’ve got a game Monday (at home against McComb). We’ve just gotta keep working at it. The kids still hustle.”

St. Wendelin improved to 4-6, thanks in large part to Hailee Burns and Troike, who combined for 29 of the team’s 45 points.

“They have to be our scorers,” Smith said. “Last game against New Riegel (a 43-30 loss on Tuesday), Peighton had 17, but Hailee only had two … If they’re (where they were tonight scoring), and then Emma chips in, and Reineck and Hannah, then we can play with teams.”

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