Calvert falls in season opener

PHOTO BY ZACH BAKER Calvert’s Frannie Webb works around Norwalk St. Paul defenders to the basket Friday in Tiffin.

Norwalk St. Paul pulled away early from Calvert, using a 19-0 first-quarter run and never looking back, topping the Senecas 62-35.

The Flyers improved to 3-0. It was Calvert’s first game of the year.

“We just played ball like we’re capable of playing ball,” St. Paul coach Vicky Mahl said. “A little bit of pressure, good rebounding … we just played ball like we’re capable.

Four St. Paul players scored in double figures. The squad was paced by Danielle Smith, who had 14 points, and by Camille Endsley, who had 12.

The Flyers’ Megan Hammersmith and Anna Lukasko scored 10 points each.

“There’s probably six or seven that our capable of double figures every night,” Mahl said of her team. “If we can do that, then we’ll do fine this year.”

As for Calvert, it managed just four points in the first quarter and 10 in the first half, trailing 38-10 at the break.

“We talked to them at halftime about the importance of, ‘let’s reset the scoreboard, let’s go 0-0,'” said first-year Calvert coach Josh Clark.

The Senecas were much more competitive in the second half. In the first three minutes of the third quarter, they scored eight points, almost as many as they had in the entire first half. They also outscored the Flyers 12-7 in the fourth quarter.

“I was really proud about the way our girls responded,” Clark said. “They didn’t quit; they showed the kind of heart they have. At no point did our girls put their heads down; they didn’t feel sorry for themselves, they fought back. They were aggressive. That’s what I want our team to be known for.”

Calvert was led by Maddie Schumacher, who scored 10 points, while teammate Frannie Webb had eight.