Carey takes care of Tigers in regular-season finale

PHOTO BY PAT GAIETTO Carey’s Destiny DeFeo puts up a jumper Tuesday against Seneca East.

CAREY — In the first matchup between Seneca East and Carey, it was tight throughout three quarters before the Blue Devils pulled away in the fourth for a 68-51 win in Attica.

Tuesday night’s rematch … wasn’t close.

On senior night, Carey honored its eight seniors before the contest. Each one made an impact Tuesday as the Blue Devils manhandled Seneca East 52-23 in the regular-season finale and Northern 10 Athletic Conference finale for both.

Carey started early, racing out to a 17-7 first-quarter lead behind eight points from senior Destiny DeFeo. Seneca East managed to stay within 19-12 after a Jessica Bowerman runner, but Carey ended the period with a 11-5 run to lead 30-14 at the half. Senior Sydney Kin had five points during the stretch.

Meanwhile, Seneca East got eight points from Marina Adachi and six from Bowerman, which made up all 14 points.

“They are an explosive team and they are 17-4, so with two explosive players and a supporting cast we had our hands full tonight, but with senior night, I think the girls were up and ready to go since they knew it was their last game at home,” Carey coach Phil Vaughn said. “We had a full home crowd and it even spilled back (behind our bench), it got us jumpstarted.”

The Blue Devils (20-2, 14-2 N10) got their biggest lead, 53-21, after consecutive triples from DeFeo and senior Caitie Carter in the fourth quarter.

From the jump, it was a different Seneca East (17-5, 11-5) team on the floor. Carey’s pressure defense and unlimited options offensively certainly had an affect on the Tigers, but something was missing.

“I don’t know what to attribute that too, except for the fact you have to give Carey a lot of credit because they have a lot of talent,” Seneca East coach Don Vogt said. “They have a lot of good athletes and a lot of good experience where we don’t have it. That was it.

“We did a lot of different things to counter different things and it just wasn’t our night and sometimes that happens.”

Despite the loss, the Tigers had a tremendous regular season and have until Feb. 24 to prepare for the next season — the Division III tournament.

“There are a lot of things with this season we are very proud of,” Vogt said. “The 17 wins in the regular season puts us third all time in Seneca East history. We were undefeated non-conference and chipped away at some of the top teams in the conference.

“We’re doing alright. We are a young team and we just happened to lose our last game of the regular season. The good thing about it is that right now, we are 0-0 again and we have an opportunity to rebound and get back on track. We have the seniors to lead us and the kids have the right attitudes to do just that.”

Kin led Carey with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while DeFeo had 13 points, Sydney Ferguson dropped in eight points and Bry Curlis tallied seven points and six assists. Amber Nash, who held Bowerman in check for most of the night, nabbed a pair of steals.

“I always tell the girls and they probably realize it now that it’s not always the adversity that you fall into, like the loss over (at Buckeye Central), it’s how you respond to it,” Vaughn said. “You go to the practice next day, they worked and they moved on realizing it was going to be tough to get back into (N10 race).

“To do that and beat a good Bucyrus team on Friday as well, I just like how they are working on their game together.”