By TED RADICK
TIFFIN — Neither Carey nor New Riegel shot the ball well in Saturday’s Division IV sectional final at Tiffin Columbian.
When crunch time came, however, Carey got the shots it needed and defeated the Blue Devils 41-36. The Blue Devils (20-4) advanced to district play, where Carey will face Fremont St. Joseph (11-13) in the semifinals at 8 p.m. Thursday at Lakota.
In Saturday’s second game, Arcadia built an 18-point halftime lead and held off a Tiffin Calvert rally to post a 59-48 victory. The Redskins (20-3) will play Toledo Christian (20-3) in another district semifinal at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at Lakota.
Carey was ice cold coming out of the gates in the first game. The Blue Devils shot 1 of 10 from the floor in the first quarter and finished 14 of 39.
Two key spurts of hot shooting lifted Carey to the victory. The Blue Devils hit three consecutive shots in the final two minutes of the second quarter to flip a 12-11 New Riegel (17-6) lead into a 17-14 Carey advantage at the half.
Carey built that lead to 22-14 with two early baskets in the third quarter, but then it was New Riegel’s turn to get hot.
Kara Scherger scored all of her team-high 10 points in the third quarter, the Blue Jackets went on a 13-0 and, quickly, that eight-point Carey lead was erased.
“We went ahead by eight, and they turned it around as quickly as we had built that lead,” Carey coach Phil Vaughn said.
New Riegel led 27-22 after Scherger nailed a jumper in the lane late in the third quarter.
The New Riegel lead was still 34-29 midway through the fourth quarter when Carey again found its shooting touch.
“The girls are the ones who have to adjust,” Vaughn said. “We can call a timeout and talk to them on the sideline all we want, but they’re the ones out there with the pressure and the crowd.”
Sydney Wentling, who finished with a game-high 11 points, drained a 3-pointer with 6:15 remaining to get Carey rolling. Then, with 4:50 left, she hit another trey. That tied the game at 36-36.
A Wentling miss on a 3-pointer with 1:45 left turned into a 38-36 Carey lead when Logan Johnson pounced on an offensive rebound and laid the ball back in.
“Sydney hit some big 3-pointers, and Logan Johnson seemed to be there on a couple offensive board putbacks when we needed her to be,” Vaughn said.
Johnson scored 10 points and matched teammate Hannah Tong and New Riegel’s Lauren Ladd with a game-best eight rebounds.
“It was tied up on that shot, and two of our kids had their hands on the basketball,” New Riegel coach Steve Lucius said of Johnson’s go-ahead basket. “They kind of took it away from each other, and it ends up in one of their kids’ hands, and she scores and gives them the lead.”
New Riegel failed to score in the final 5:29 and missed its final four shots. The Blue Jackets were 13 of 41 from the field in the game.
“We got the lead in third, got the momentum back and I thought we were going to be OK,” Lucius said. “We got into the bonus early in the fourth quarter, and that’s usually a key for us, but we couldn’t get to the line.
In Saturday’s second game, Arcadia blitzed Tiffin Calvert with an offensive show in the first half, then held on as the Senecas made their run in the third quarter.
Miranda Palmer scored 16 points and Molly Glick eight as Arcadia built a 37-15 halftime lead. The Redskins forced 14 Calvert turnovers in the first half, and used those transition baskets to forge ahead.
Calvert’s Megan Funkhouser drilled five 3-pointers in the second half as the Senecas rallied. Calvert cut the Arcadia lead to as few as 12 points on several occasions in the second half but could not get any closer.
Palmer finished with 27 points and Glick added 13 points and 10 rebounds.
“With our press, even if we didn’t get the ball we got them to play maybe a little bit out of the pace they wanted to play early on,” Arcadia coach Randy Baker said. “They hurried some shots and didn’t shoot as well as they usually do in the first half.”
Good thing, Baker said.
“They couldn’t miss in the second half,” he said. “We knew who their 3-point shooters were, but we didn’t do a good job of covering them. Those are the kids who made the 3s.
“I wish halftime wouldn’t have come. They had a chance to regroup and they got their shooters spotting up like they normally do.”
Nicole Bickley scored 10 points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds for Calvert. Olivia Smith scored 11 points.
“We missed a lot of shots in the first half, and they didn’t,” Calvert coach Tim Ritzler said. “We could have given up, being 22 points down at halftime, but we told our girls to get out and take their shots and see what happens.
“We just buried ourselves in too deep a hole to get out of.”
Courtney Cramer had eight points and three steals for Arcadia; Regina Fox scored seven points.
Tong 1-3—5, S. Wentling 4-0—11, M. Wentling 2-3—7, Johnson 5-0—10, Draper 1-2—5, Hoepf 0-0—0, Rymer 1-1—3, G. Wentling 0-0—0. TOTALS: 14-39 9-15 — 41.
New riegel (17-6)
Arbogast 3-2—8, Kirian 1-4—6, Scherger 5-0—10, Ladd 3-2—8, Cassidy 0-1—1, Noftz 0-1—1, Conley 1-0—2. TOTALS: 13-41 10-14—36.
Carey 5 12 10 14 — 41
New Riegel 8 6 15 7 — 36
3-Point GOALS: Carey 4-16 (S. Wentling 3, Draper); New Riegel 0-6.
rebounds: Carey 30 (Tong & Johnson 8); New Riegel 29 (Ladd 8, Scherger 7).
turnovers: Carey 17, New Riegel 12.
Tiffin Calvert (17-7)
Ritzler 1-0—2, Kontak 0-0—0, Horn 0-0—0, Beckley 1-2—4, Brickner 2-1—6, Bowers 0-0—0, Widman 0-0—0, Funkhouser 5-0—15, L. Bickley 0-0—0, Smith 5-0—11, N. Bickley 4-2—10. TOTALS: 18-46 5-11—48.
Fox 3-0—7, Palmer 10-4—27, Kirian 2-0—4, Glick 6-1—13, Cramer 4-0—8, Dauterman 0-0—0. TOTALS: 25-47 5-7—59.
Tiffin Calvert 11 4 22 11 — 48
Arcadia 21 16 12 10 — 59
3-Point GOALS: Tiffin Calvert 7-17 (Funkhauser 5, Smith & Brickner); Arcadia 4-8 (Palmer 3, Fox).
rebounds: Tiffin Calvert 28 (N. Bickley 14); Arcadia 22 (Glick 10).
turnovers: Tiffin Calvert 18, Arcadia 11.